Juliane Lukas
PhD student
I am a pre-doctoral researcher studying the mechanisms and functions underlying group-living and cooperative behaviors in animals with an emphasis on collective predator evasion. I have strong interests in how consistent individual differences ('personality') drive collective behavior and influence social dynamics in naturally gregarious animals. I implement observational and experimental approaches in the lab and field, combining concepts and methods from ethology, ecology and evolutionary biology with statistical and mathematical models.

Collective Predator Evasion:

Predator avoidance in extremophile fishes – mechanisms and functions underlying repeated fright waves​

Shoaling behavior & sociability:

Real-time behavior tracking and social cue manipulations via a biomimetic robot (Robofish)​

Consequences of Behavioral types:

Using thermally altered aquatic systems to study behavioral invasion syndromes along environmental gradients

Skills & Experience

Inter- and intra-specific behavioural assays

Image-based tracking of animal behavior (e.g. EthoVision, Biotracker)

Using a biomimetic robot to study animal behaviour (Robofish)

Working in extreme environments (i.e. sulphur springs, caves)

Data mining & processing (e.g. R, SAS and Python)

Data visualisation & analysis (e.g. R, SAS, Prism, Python)

Scientific writing (i.e. publications, small grant proposals)

Presentation skills (oral and poster)

International collaboration & mobility

Science communication & outreach

​Mentoring of bachelor and master students

Project management