MSc Pro­ject at the Rese­arch Depart­ment of Lim­no­logy (Mond­see)

An MSc project on antipredatory responses and their fitness costs


Organisms are exposed to various predators in nature, aryl they need to respond to the presence of predators to maintain fitness. Antipredatory responses can be costly by reducing performance in Other important traits. This pr*t investigates the behavioural responses to chemical cues of predators and their potential on Other fitness-related trats in an aquatic grazer. 

Study system and approach 
A freshwater snail, Lymnaea stagnalis. Experimental research: 
(a) exposure of snails to predator cues (fish and dragonfly larvae), 
(b) behavioural assays to assess snail antipredatory resinnses, and 
(c) quantification of the fitness effects of predator avoidance 

Research Department for Limnology, Mondsee, Upper Austria. 
Free accommodation at the institute. 

Supervisors (contact by email) 

Prof. Dr. Otto SEPPÄLÄ 
Research Department for Limnology, Mondsee, University of Innsbruck 
Mondseestr. 9 
5310 Mondsee, Upper Austria 

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