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I am broadly interested in evolutionary ecology, particularly how the environment and developmental processes affect evolution. Different forms of phenotypic plasticity are therefore reoccurring in my work. My previous work focused mainly on how genes affect (social) behavior and the other way around. I am now broadening my scope into the exciting fields of developmental plasticity and epigenetics. I am rounding-up a project on maternal effects in Daphnia and start to work on the importance of developmental bias in evolution.

Fledging behaviour

Tags: fledging - life history

One of the most dramatic changes a cavity nesting bird will ever experience in life is leaving the safety of the nest it was born in and start exploring the outside world. In this project we try to understand of the social dynamics around this moment called fledgling.

related publications

Radersma R, Komdeur J, Tinbergen JM, 2015. Early morning fledging improves recruitment in Great Tits Parus major. Ibis. 157: 351-355.

Radersma R, Tinbergen JM, Komdeur J, 2011. Do brood sex ratio, nestling development and sex affect fledging timing and order? An experimental study on great tits. Animal Behaviour. 81 (1): 69-75.

Relevant links:
Uller group, Lund
Extended Evolutionary Synthesis
Department of Biology, Lund
The Edward Grey Institute, Oxford
Animal Ecology, Groningen
Behavioural Ecology and Self-organization, Groningen

 © text: Reinder Radersma, 2018
 © image: Sylvain Haye, 2008