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Dr. Beate Apfelbeck
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Paris Lodron University Salzburg

Evolutionary Zoology

Department of Conservation Biology
Thematic focus
conservation biology
animal ecology

The main aim of my work is to understand basic relationships between behaviour, hormones and reproductive success and how these relationships vary on a seasonal basis and in different environments. I am using birds as model systems to study the role of the steroid hormones testosterone and corticosterone as mediators of reproductive behaviours (e.g. territorial behaviour, song and parental care). My study sites lie in tropical East Africa and in temperate Europe.