Conflict Ecology Lab

Welcome to the Conflict Ecology Lab

Where we investigate the behavioural and ecological solutions that animals use to deal with conflict

We broadly consider conflict as an interaction between an animal and either an adversary, rival or environmental threat. Plants and animals deal with conflict from the very beginning of their existence. Juveniles strive to reach maturity without being eaten, starving (which may mean competing with others for resources) or succumbing to environmental stressors. Of course once they reach maturity the fight continues but with the added task of finding a mate. Adult survival strategies are often compromised by physical traits and behaviours that are required to attract and compete for a mate. The conflict ecology lab addresses the incredible intricacies of these lifelong struggles to survive.