Kees van Oers will give a public lecture "Animal personality: causes and consequences of behavioural consistency in a passerine" on 11 September at 4.15 pm (in Näituse 2-121).
Well-known dutch animal psychologist Kees van Oers works for Netherlands Institute of Ecology (Wageningen, Netherlands). Van Oers visits University of Tartu on the invitation by The Doctoral School of Behavioural, Social and Health Sciences.
He is a Senior Scientist at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) in Wageningen, with main interests in Behavioural Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. His research focuses on explaining the causes and consequences of individual differences in behavioural consistency and plasticity. His main study object is a small passerine, the great tit (Parus major), which is one of the best studied model species in animal personality research from an ecological and evolutionary point of view. His current projects range from unraveling the genes involved in personality differences to investigating fitness consequences of variation in personality.