CIE Seminar Series – 2021: Making sense of behavioural differences in fairy-wrens, finches and penguins: a postdoc in three acts

SPEAKER: Dr Andrew Katsis, Research Associate in Animal Behaviour, College of Science & Engineering, Flinders University

DATE & TIME: Friday, 5th November 2021 @ 12noon.

LOCATION: Seminar to be streamed via Zoom. Click HERE to connect (Meeting ID: 408 120 6183, Password: 06048505).

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Rather than behaving identically, individuals within a species or population often exhibit distinct personality traits. These differences can influence survival and reproductive success, potentially leading to selection for some behavioural traits over others.

In collaboration with my BirdLab colleagues, I have spent the last two years studying behaviour in three bird groups (superb fairy-wrens, Darwin’s finches, and little penguins).

In this seminar, I will present some preliminary findings that have emerged from this work, on the ontogeny and fitness consequences of personality.


Andrew is a behavioural ecologist with an interest in avian personality, vocal learning and prenatal communication. He completed his PhD research at Deakin University (2016–20), on the behavioural consequences of prenatal sound in zebra finches.

He is currently based in the BirdLab at Flinders University, studying behaviour in superb fairy-wrens and other birds. In addition to his research, Andrew is a keen science communicator, and has contributed to magazines, online news, radio and television.

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