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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. We use a wide range of approaches including 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.


May 2022 ― Karendeep presented her results on the effects of heatwaves on parental care at EMPSEB in Espoo, Finland!

May 2022 ― Check out our new preprint entitled "Effects of temperature on mating behaviour and mating success: a meta-analysis"

April 2022 ― Natalie gave an invited seminar at University College Cork (UCC) in Ireland

April 2022 ― Natalie has been awarded an Early Career Conference Grant by the Association of Commonwealth Universities

March 2022 ― Congratulations to Karendeep who has been awarded an Equal Opportunities Congress Attendance Aid grant!

February 2022 ― Karendeep Sidhu, a PhD student in the lab, is starting a 3-month UKRI policy internship at the Royal Society of Biology

January 2022 ― Our two undegraduate students, Charlotte Malcolm and Matina Zafeiri, have completed their Honours projects!