CIE Seminar Series 2022: From threatened shorebirds to invasive songbirds: Linking behaviour and cognition to applications in conservation science

SPEAKER: Dr. Andrea Griffin, School of Environmental and Life Sciences, University of Newcastle.

DATE & TIME: Friday 21st October 2022 @ 12pm.

LOCATION: In person (Geelong, Waurn Ponds campus) or via Zoom – click HERE to connect (Meeting ID: 864 0886 8825, Password: 29715864).

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Behaviour constitutes the interface by which animals interact with their environment. How animals select and navigate their surroundings, locate and use resources, interact with their own and other species, alongside the reproductive (fitness) costs and benefits they thus achieve, are questions in animal behaviour, even though they are often referred to with other terms. It follows naturally that understanding behaviour is central to many wildlife conservation and management challenges, tools and solutions.

From drones to olfactory and visual camouflage, to tracking the movements of shorebirds, my talk will touch on how behavioural research can offer new insights and solutions to protecting biodiversity.

My talk will then focus on what a 10-year ecological, behavioural and nutritional research program in one of the world’s most successful avian ecological invaders, the common myna, can tell us about the potential drivers of this species’ range expansion.


Dr Andrea S. Griffin is a Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of Environmental Science and Management to which she recently moved after 15 years in the School of Psychology. Her core interests lie in understanding the mechanisms of behaviour and cognition, alongside how animals use these faculties to adjust to novel and challenging environmental conditions.

She enjoys tackling questions that bridge curiosity-driven and applied research in biodiversity management and conservation. As a result, her research has branched out into many areas beyond animal behaviour, with emerging research directions on the movement ecology of migratory shorebirds and in conservation psychology.

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