Felix Breden
Isabelle Côté
Charles Crawford (emeritus)
Bernie Crespi
Larry Dill
Elizabeth Elle
David Green
Alton Harestad
David Lank
John Reynolds
Bernie Roitberg
Tony Williams
Mark Winston
Ron Ydenberg

Associate members

Behavioural ecology is the study of the relationships between an organism's behaviour and the environment in which that behaviour has evolved or is expressed. This "environment" is not just the physical world, but also the biological (predators, prey, parasites) and social (conspecifics) one. Behavioural ecologists study both the function of behaviour (why animals and plants behave as they do), and the role of behaviour in determining population dynamics and community patterns, since these are two sides of the same coin. The Behavioural Ecology Research Group was established at SFU in February 1989 to pursue basic research in the field of evolutionary and behavioural ecology, utilizing a wide range of study organisms, including plants, insects and other invertebrates, fish, birds, and mammals (including humans). It comprises 14 faculty members in 2 SFU academic Departments (mainly Biological Sciences, but also Psychology), and a number of Associate Members representing other SFU departments, UBC, and various government agencies. A major current research thrust is behaviour and conservation biology through the Centre for Wildlife Ecology.

A variety of tools and approaches are used in modern behavioural ecology - from demographics to molecular phylogenetics - and all are well represented in BERG. Evolutionary physiology is also an area of current interest, since physiological traits, or any other behavioural mechanism, can be viewed from the same theoretical perspective. Thus, behavioural ecologists are increasingly looking at the causal bases of the behaviours they study. The diversity of the research conducted within the group is well illustrated by the titles of graduate theses completed in in recent years. Enter a faculty surname to generate a list of titles from this link.

At any one time there are perhaps 40 students associated with the group, and several post-doctoral fellows. These students come from all over the world, and are provided with a coherent suite of graduate courses, and a supportive and interactive research environment, including periodic retreats and a weekly seminar series.

Students interested in pursuing graduate research (MSc or PhD) in behavioural ecology are encouraged to write to an individual faculty member regarding possible supervision (simply click on their name above). For general information concerning graduate opportunities in the Department of Biological Sciences, click here. http://www.biology.sfu.ca/degree/graduate For more information about the Behavioural Ecology Research Group, contact the Director, Dr. Lawrence M. Dill.