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I am a behavioural and evolutionary ecologist particularly interested in understanding dispersal and breeding habitat selection, specifically through the question of information use and adaptation to environmental variation; this led me also to study cognition in the wild as well as ecophysiological aspects related to behaviour and life-history strategies. My work is rooted in empirical and in particular experimental approaches on different species of birds in the wild, mostly hole-nesting passerines (collared flycatchers and great tits) and more recently white-throated dippers, as well as some collaborative work on different other species. This work allowed me to combine a personal passion for birds and topical questions in evolutionary ecology on biological models that are highly suitable for such research due to their high mobility capacities, their high cognitive capacities and the facility to monitor large numbers of pairs on the long term and to perform experiments. I am also involved in different large-scale (European) collaborative studies, an approach I find particularly fruitful to understand evolutionary questions.
by Martin Muir | Jan 30, 2018