Academy of Finland
Funding decision
Name Thomson, Robert
Organisation TY
Project title
Habitat selection in the face of enemies: how predators and brood parasites impact the decisions of prey animals.
Decision No. 138049
Decision date 14.09.2010
Funding period 01.01.2011 - 31.12.2013
Funding 333 221
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Project description
The results of this project highlight the interplay and importance of both positive and negative interactions with traditional enemies (predators, parasites and competitors). From an individual’s perspective, enemies also provide benefits, which impact how animal communities are structured. Novel cues were found to be used by animal individuals during habitat selection and other behavioural decisions. Importantly this project demonstrated that individuals may use cues and interactions derived from one enemy to avoid another enemy. This project also showed that information may peak temporally after predator events or other observed interactions and that individuals gathered information most actively during these peaks. Manipulating habitat selection decisions of individuals gave unique insight into the consequences of individual decisions relative to enemies, and demonstrated that individual quality is an important component of decision making and the consequences of decisions.