Ecology and Behaviour meeting in Strasbourg, France, March 21-24th, 2022. Young researchers have the opportunity to present their work in a friendly free of charge.

Icefishes are incredible and highly adapted to extreme cold (no haemoglobin or red blood cell). They form huge colonies with millions of nests, as the one discovered in Weddel sea.
📄 Purser et al (2022) A vast icefish breeding colony discovered in the Antarctic. Current Biology 0

Why do so many couples look alike? It is tempting to immediately interpret this pattern of assortative mating as resulting from preferences. This paper gives a very complete review of alternative explanations.
📄 Versluys et al (2021) Why do we pick similar mates, or do we? Biology Letters 17:20210463

I am looking for a student in behavioural and ecology deeply interested in mathematical and/or computational modelling. It's a three-year position, based in Lyon, France (nice city & good food, close to the Alps).

Spread of infectious disease in bees : mass-flowering crops has strong deleterious effects on wildlife epidemiology.
📄 Cohen et al (2021) Mass-flowering monoculture attracts bees, amplifying parasite prevalence. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 288:20211369

Too smart for cage life : intelligence can confer poor captive in species. .behaviour
📄 Mellor et al. (2021) Nature calls: intelligence and natural foraging style predict poor welfare in captive parrots. Proc R Soc Lond B 288:20211952

As bats and dolphins, some species of mouse use ultrasonic vocalizations for : a nice case of convergent evolution.
📄 He et al (2021) Echolocation in soft-furred tree mice. Science 372:eaay1513

are anything but passive particles. They actively move in the water column to evade by fish or whales.
📄 Urmy & Benoit-Bird (2021) Fear dynamically structures the ocean’s pelagic zone. Current Biology

of Richard Lewontin who deeply influenced generations
of researchers in .
📄 Charlesworth (2021) Richard C. Lewontin (1929–2021). Current Biology 31:R1020–R1022

Animal Behaviour Live: second edition of the annual online conference on the 18th and 19th of November 2021. Once again, the conference is completely free of charge.

Synchronous flashes in fireflies: physicists modelled it as a self-organized process with short-distance imitation of the neighbours flashes. 📄 Sarfati et al (2021) Self-organization in natural swarms of Photinus carolinus synchronous fireflies. Science Advances 7:eabg9259

Staying warm without shivering: sea uses proton leak (futile cycle) at the scale of to generate heat.
📄 Wright et al (2021) Skeletal muscle thermogenesis enables aquatic life in the smallest marine mammal. Science 373:223–225

Fasten your seat belts: when migrating between Africa and Arctic, great cruises at very high altitudes, between 2000 m (at night) and 4000 m (during daytime).
📄 Lindström et al (2021) Extreme altitude changes between night and day during marathon flights of great snipes. Current Biology

Nesting in the : despite constant darkness in winter and cool condition in summer, they were non-migratory species, which raises the question of their possible (again).
📄 Druckenmiller et al (2021) Nesting at extreme polar latitudes by non-avian dinosaurs. Current Biology

Make the message clear! Biology suffers from proliferation and overuse of not universally understood concepts.
📄 Martínez & Mammola (2021) Specialized terminology reduces the number of citations of scientific papers. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 288:20202581

Marine species are shifting their distribution out of the , towards cooler latitudes.
📄 Chaudhary et al (2021) Global warming is causing a more pronounced dip in marine species richness around the equator. PNAS 118

Dream in Octopus? exhibits active states with colour changes and rapid eye-movements which may indicate . Don't miss the nice videos of sleeping octopuses.
📄 Medeiros et al (2021) Cyclic alternation of quiet and active sleep states in the octopus. iScience

Science is not always theory driven. Purely descriptive studies can be fascinating too. Here is a collection of videos illustrating extremely rare behaviours in the including egg laying by the queen and brood care by workers. I have spent years working on bees, and I've never seen such a thorough work.
📄 Siefert et al (2021) Honey bee behaviours within the hive: Insights from long-term video analysis. PLoS ONE 16:e0247323

The regulation of division of labour in social insects is poorly understood. One can still find, in many textbooks, old models about "age polyethism". Here is a nice experimental work in which the behaviour of workers were continuously tracked for 5 months. The transition between nurse to forager tasks is largely age independent.
📄 Richardson et al. (2021) Current Biology 0

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