Matthew Hansen

Matthew Hansen
Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries | IGB · Department of Biology and Ecology of Fishes

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Making fast and accurate group decisions under uncertain and risky conditions is a fundamental problem for groups. Currently, there is little empirical evidence of how natural selection (such as environmental predation risk) has shaped the mechanisms of group decision making. We repeatedly tested individually marked guppies, Poecilia reticulata, fr...
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Billfishes are well-known for their distinctive elongated rostra, a.k.a. bills. The functional significance of billfish rostra has been frequently discussed and the recent discovery of an oil gland (glandula oleofera) at the base of the rostrum in swordfish, Xiphias gladius , has added an interesting facet to this discussion regarding the potential...
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Linking morphological differences in foraging adaptations to prey choice and feeding strategies has provided major evolutionary insights across taxa. Here, we combine behavioural and morphological approaches to explore and compare the role of the rostrum (bill) and micro-teeth in the feeding behaviour of sailfish (Istiophorus platypterus) and strip...
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The relationship between individual physiological traits and social behaviour is an important research area because it can examine how mechanisms of behaviour link to functional outcomes. It is hypothesised that correlative and causative links between physiology and individual behaviour may be altered by social interactions. Here, we assess how nut...
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The effects of water temperature on individual and group movement behaviour in prey fish can affect ecological interactions such as competition and predation, but how variability in temperature influence fish behaviour is less understood. Of particular concern is how increased warming in tidally fluctuating estuaries may impact the native and endan...
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The entrainment and impingement of fish into water diversion infrastructure is one of the several factors contributing to their decline. Here, controlled experiments assessed the potential for a behavioral guidance device [a light-emitting diode (LED) light array] strobing at various spectra to reduce the entrainment of juvenile Chinook salmon (Onc...
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Predation and reduced energetic intake have been highlighted as potential mechanisms of recruitment failure in sturgeon populations. These two factors may interact, as foraging carries with it costs of increased predation risk, requiring behavioral trade-offs. We expect that juvenile sturgeon should express predator avoidance behaviors while they a...
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California’s coastal ecosystems are forecasted to undergo shifting ocean conditions due to climate change, some of which may negatively impact recreational and commercial fish populations. To understand if fish populations have the capacity to respond to multiple stressors, it is critical to examine interactive effects across multiple biological sc...
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Exploiting species-specific behavioural responses of fish to light is an increasingly promising technique to reduce the entrainment or impingement of fish that results from the diversion of water for human activities, such as hydropower or irrigation. Whilst there is some evidence that white light can be an effective deterrent for Chinook salmon sm...
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This study employed community analysis and behavioural field observations to explore the inter-specific interactions between fangblenny species (Plagiotremus spp.), the cleaner wrasse Labroides dimidiatus and their target species and found that the presence of Plagiotremus spp. did not affect the total amount that L. dimidiatus cleaned but it did r...
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Animals that forage in groups have access to social information concerning the quality and location of food resources available. The degree to which individuals rely on social information over their own private information depends on a myriad of ecological and social factors. In general, where resources are patchy in space and/or time, individuals...
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Decision making in moving animal groups has been shown to be disproportionately influenced by individuals at the front of groups. Therefore, an explanation of state-dependent positioning of individuals within animal groups may provide a mechanism for group movement decisions. Nutritional state is dynamic and can differ between members of the same g...
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Foraging behaviour must be flexible enough to adapt to heterogeneities in the distribution and quality of food resources. Accurate models of optimal foraging behaviour should acknowledge the extent to which animals can detect and regulate their intake of food based on smaller scale differences in food types. In particular, consideration of macro-nu...
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How animals trade-off food availability and predation threats is a strong determinant of animal activity and behavior; however, the majority of work on this topic has been on individual animals, despite the modulating effect the presence of conspecifics can have on both foraging and predation risk. Although these environmental factors (food and pre...
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Groups of animals are often heterogeneously structured and may be composed of selfish individuals responding to different internal stimuli. Group-level behaviour can be determined by the slight differences in simple behavioural movement parameters structuring local interactions between conspecifics. To accurately understand individual behaviour wit...
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The question of how hunger affects locomotory behaviour, in particular how it affects the kinematics of movement and an animal’s interaction with the physical structures in its environment is of broad relevance in behavioural ecology. We experimentally manipulated the hunger levels of individual mosquitofish ( Gambusia holbrooki) and recorded their...
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Background/Question/Methods Integrating across different levels of biological organization is a fundamental goal in ecology. Swarms of locusts and Mormon crickets are potentially devastating examples of the ways in which relatively simple interactions among individuals can scale up to complex behaviours at the group level. Importantly, animal mov...
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Mass migration of locusts is an economically devastating and poorly understood phenomenon. Locust mass migration often follows rapid population growth because individuals must move to find new sources of locally depleted resources. In Mormon crickets and Desert locusts, cannibalistic interactions have been revealed as the driving force behind colle...

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