Animal Behavior


Research Center on Animal Cognition.  The main goal of the Research Centre on Animal Cognition (CRCA) is the multidisciplinary and comparative study of cognitive processing in different animal models, from invertebrates to vertebrates.

School of Fish

Complex Dynamics and Interaction Networks in Animal Societies (DYNACTOM)


Animal Simulation Laboratory.  “Our goal is the creation of virtual worlds that can be used for exploring adaptation and evolutionary processes. This is a long term, large scale project and will require contributions from scientists around the world to make it a useful reality. However there are a number of components that will be required for the virtual world to be a useful tool that we are currently working on. Our main focus is currently locomotor biomechanics. GaitSym, our main simulation program, is available open source and has reached version 2. ”

Principles of Animal Behavior.  “This site is designed to help you learn some basic principles of animal behavior, using interactive exercises that are fun and informative.”


Scorpion Races: Costs of parental care, and behavioral flexibility.


Agent-Based Modeling GIS.  Agent-based modeling and GIS resources.


Individual based models.  “Potential impacts of transport variability on the spatial distribution and persistence of sea-scallop (Placopecten magellanicus) populations. Development of spatial dispersal-kernels using coupled 3D circulation and individual-based larval behavior models. Application of network theory to the population management paradigm. Formation mechanisms and consequences of thin-layers in coastal ecosystems. Population-level responses to resource limitation in deep-sea habitats.”

National Marine Mammal Laboratory.  “The National Marine Mammal Laboratory (NMML) conducts research on marine mammals important to the mission of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), with particular attention to issues related to marine mammals off the coasts of Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and California. Research projects focus on ecology and behavior, population dynamics, life history, and status and trends.  Information is provided to various domestic and international organizations to assist in developing rational and appropriate management regimes for marine resources under NOAA’s jurisdiction. These organizations include the NMFS Alaska and Northwest Regional Offices, the NMFS Office of Protected Resources, the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council, the International Whaling Commission, and the Arctic Council.”

Killer Whales

Killer whale agent-based modlel


Theoretical  Primatology  Project.  “you will find various and sundry links related to the mission of the Theoretical Primatology Project.”

Primate-inspired Heterogeneous Mobile and Static Sensor Networks.  This research involves studying and modeling modes of group behavior and communication of coppery titi monkeys, rhesus macaques, and other primate models, and applying what the investigators learn to the distributed control of heterogeneous mobile and static sensor networks. The investigators will model the social and communication behavior of these primates, which will provide biological inspiration for solving problems in communication and networking. The phases of this research include: 1) identification, interpretation, and translation of primate behavioral models, 2) assessment of the effectiveness of small and large group formations based on primate grouping models in heterogeneous mobile and static sensor networks, 3) development of bio-inspired message-based communications, and 4) development of bio-inspired behavior-based communications. This research aims to achieve a deeper understanding of effectiveness of bio-inspired communications and networking by studying primates, and to establish interdisciplinary research and education in the fields of biological modeling, sensor networking, and robots control.