¨  Ethology - Behavioral Biology Ph.D. Program

ˇ  Prior studies and degrees needed

For a successful participation in this program, M.Sc. (in biology or zoology) M.D., D.V. or D.D. degrees are accepted on the condition that the curriculum of the undergraduate and graduate programs of the applicant included zoology, ecology, behavioral biology or neurobiology as major subjects.

ˇ  Features of the program

§  Objectives  This programs offers training in the science of behavioral biology with strong emphasis of ethological oriented studies. Students will acquire the ethological approach to the study of behavior based on the parallel understanding of function, mechanism, development and evolution.

§  Curriculum  The curriculum is assembled so that students receive an advanced training in ethology and related fields (including behavior ecology and cognitive sciences) generally summarized under the heading of behavioral biology. The program provides both seminars and field practicals as well as one-time courses. Seminars cover fields including neural and genetic aspects of behavior, behavioral ecology, human ethology. Students are required to become adept in designing experiments and statistical analysis of the data collected.

§  Currently available projects  Students in the Ethology-Behavioural Biology PhD Program are recommended to participate in the work of research groups at the Eötvös Loránd University but they may also join to groups in research institutions of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences or other universities which participate in the programs. Students are strongly encouraged to contact the program head before considering research programs that are carried out at external institutions. Research groups at the university pursue projects studying the behavioural ecology of the ground squirrel with emphasis of hibernation and breeding success, the cognitive ethology of the dog with special reference to dog-human interaction.

Current programmes:

Factors affecting breeding success of European ground squirrels,

Cooperation as an over-wintering tool in mond-building mice,

Poisonous plants and rabbits: manifold realtionships,

Ethological approach to dog-human interactions,

Social cognition and social learning in dogs,

Dog-human vocal interaction,

Genetics of social behavior in dogs.



ˇ          Program head:

Ádám Miklósi, Ph.D. associate professor

ˇ          Program coordinator to be contacted:

Ádám Miklósi Ph.D. associate professor