As an associate member of the B-type project, I am working on the long-term behavioural consistency in wild fish. My goal is to extract individual patterns in movement and social behaviour from biotelemetry data and see if individuals have unique behavioural signatures, also known as animal personality. Do animals really show personality in wild? If so, is personality consistent over time? What environmental factors influence the expression of personality? The reality mining of high-resolution biotelemetry data will answer these questions and provide a solid foundation for animal personality study.
Beside the B-type project, my interest centres around behavioural and evolutionary ecology. I am particularly interested in interactions between phenotypic differences among individuals (mainly behaviour) and group dynamics as consequences of social interactions. Social interactions can act as a strong selection pressure via indirect genetic effects, and would play an important role in shaping the animal world we see today. My main goal is to understand the processes and consequences of complex group dynamics in animals (including us) from individual levels. Tools for the research can be anything (experiments, field observations, computer simulations, theory, etc). I have been using fish as a model, but I am also interested in other animals, such as insects, birds and reptiles.