integrative animal behaviour

from molecules to populations

about the lab

Our research group, led by Dr Natalie Pilakouta, is based at the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Aberdeen. Two major themes in our research are (i) how environmental change may alter animal behaviour and (ii) whether such changes in animal behaviour influence the capacity of populations to adapt to environmental change.


We mainly use insect and fish study systems to address fundamental questions in ecology and evolutionary biology, as well as more applied issues relevant to management and conservation. Our research integrates behavioural ecology, evolutionary biology, ecophysiology, and developmental biology. Some of the approaches we use are experimental evolution, field-based studies, molecular biology techniques, theoretical modeling, and meta-analytic methods. If you are interested in joining the lab, click here for more information and any open positions.


November 2020 ― Fully-funded PhD position available in our research group! This PhD project is on parental care and ageing in burying beetles, and the application deadline is 6 January 2021

November 2020 ― Natalie gave an invited talk at Uppsala University's seminar series

October 2020 ― Natalie has joined the Functional Ecology Editorial Board as an Associate Editor!

October 2020 ― A warm welcome to Karendeep Sidhu, who has just joined the lab as a QUADRAT PhD student! She will be studying sexual selection under climate change using a combination of experimental, theoretical, and meta-analytic approaches

September 2020 ― This month, we welcome two new lab members! Charlotte Patterson and Nikki Watt are doing Honours thesis projects on parental care

August 2020 ― New bioRxiv preprint on the predictability of morphological evolution in contrasting thermal environments

June 2020 ― Congratulations to Anais Baillet who has successfully defended her Master's thesis!

February 2020 ― New paper in Functional Ecology on metabolic rate evolution in different thermal environments

January 2020 ― Anais Baillet, a visiting student from University of Rennes, has joined the lab! For the next five months, she will be working on a project looking at the effects of temperature on mating behaviour

Zoology Building, University of Aberdeen, UK

+44 (0)122-427-2399

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