Nicolas SilvaCNRS - CEFE1919 Route de Mende34293 Montpellier France
Mate choice in a monomorphic dull bird social species: a role for behavior ?
The objective of my thesis is to understand the mate choice in a monomorphic dull bird social species (Sociable weavers, Philetairus socius), with no extra pair copulation and no divorce. This research is supervised by Claire Doutrelant and Rita Covas (CIBIO, Porto, Portugal). The PhD is focusing on the potential role for sexual selection on the nest building behavior as well as the plumage. I analyse a large long term data rpoject dataset and also do a lot of field observations of the bird's behavior. My objectives are:
The ecological problematics are not my only interest, as I a part of my research focuses on artificial intelligence (Deep learning) methods en ecology science. During my PhD, I will implement several neural networks in order to, first automate the data extraction on pictures of phenotypic traits (bib and scaly feathers) and second partly analyses the nest building behavior.
Photos: Nicolas Silva
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