Institution or affiliation:
Department of Evolutionary Zoology and Human Biology University of Debrecen Debrecen, Egyetem tér 1., 4032, Hungary
I received my PhD at the University of Southern Mississippi, and after postdoctoral research at the University of California, Davis, I returned to my alma mater in Hungary (University of Debrecen) where I am now an assistant professor. My research interests center around the adaptations to the annual cycle in birds. I am particularly interested in the regulation of seasonal behaviours such as migration and flocking, as well as the adaptive significance of cognitive processes (e.g., social learning) when facing seasonal challenges. More recently, I became intrigued by the potential to predict organismal response to rapid environmental change based on the suite of behavioural and physiological coping mechanisms present in a population. Ultimately, in addition to study the functional significance of regulatory mechanisms, I hope to be able to contribute to the growing body of behavioural and physiological research in a way that the findings will inform conservation practice and policy. As an EOU council member I plan to work on reducing the existing gap between basic science and the public (e.g., lawmakers, conservation educators and practitioners, concerned citizens) which relies on sound scientific information but often has difficulty accessing and/or interpreting it.
by Martin Muir | Nov 6, 2019