CIE Seminar Series – 2019: Behavioural responses to a changing world: evolutionary and ecological consequences

SPEAKER: Professsor Bob Wong, Head, Behavioural Ecology Research Group/Deputy Head of School, School of Biological Sciences, Monash University

DATE: Friday, 28th June 2019

TIME: 1:30pm

LOCATION: Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds – Room ka4.207 (Green room).

Seminar will also be video linked to the following campuses: Melbourne Campus at Burwood –Burwood Corporate Centre and Warrnambool Campus, Room J2.19 (Fishbowl).

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Humans have brought about unprecedented changes to environments worldwide. For many species, behavioural adjustments represent the first response to altered conditions. Such behavioural modifications can potentially improve an organism’s prospects of surviving and reproducing in a rapidly changing world.

However, not all behavioural responses are beneficial. Human-altered conditions, for instance, can undermine the reliability of sexual signals used by animals to assess potential suitors. Environmental changes can also impair sensory systems or interfere with physiological processes needed to mount an appropriate behavioural response. An understanding of behaviour could therefore be important in helping to explain why some species are able to survive, or even flourish, under human altered conditions, while others flounder.

In this talk, I will consider the pivotal role that behaviour plays in determining the fate of species under human-induced environmental change, and discuss recent research in my Group investigating the impacts of anthropogenic change on behaviour in fish.


Bob Wong is a behavioural and evolutionary ecologist based in the School of Biological Sciences at Monash University. Bob received his PhD from the Australian National University and completed postdoctoral stints at Boston University and the University of Helsinki before joining Monash.

Research in Bob’s Group focuses on mate choice and reproductive investment, and how human-induced environmental change affects animal behaviour. Work undertaken in the group encompasses a wide range of species, from insects and cephalopods to birds and fish.

Appointments with speaker may be made via Natasha Kaukov (

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