The website:

The purpose of this website is to present current research in behaviour and cognition and to analyse how findings may influence the way we understand our and other species. By updates on  work from the author, Kyriacos Kareklas  (KK), and his collaborators, the aim is to stimulate interest in the field of animal and human behaviour.


The place:

Currently located in the Medical Biology Center at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB), the Cognition and Animal Navigation (CAN) laboratory has been focused on converging work on four broad topics: navigation, spatial cognition, sensory mechanisms, individual and social behaviour. The work is carried out on teleost fish, such as the electrosensing Peters’ elephantonose fish, the shoaling zebrafish, the fast aging killifish, the social guppies and the competitive male Siamese fighting fish. Laboratory members include Prof. Robert Elwood,  Dr. Gareth Arnott, Dr. Hansjoerg Kunc and Dr. Kyriacos Kareklas, and research is in collaboration with the Animal Communication and Behaviour group, the Ecosystem Biology & Sustainability and the Institute of Global Food Security at the School of Biological Sciences at QUB.


The author:



KK: My work is based on integrative and interdisciplinary research, with an interest in the interaction of animals with their environment and others, focusing on mechanisms and functions of cognition and behaviour, phenotypic plasticity and adaptation. I have worked within and between the fields of ecology, behaviour, cognition, neuroscience and evolutionary biology. I am fascinated by many taxons with past research involving corals, annelids, fish, birds and humans.

Currently: Research Fellow & Teaching Assistant, School of Biological Sciences, QUB | 2017-2018: Post-doctoral research funded by the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB) | 2013-2017: PhD in Biological Sciences at Queen’s University Belfast funded by the Department for Employment and Learning | 20112012: MRes in Animal Behaviour at Newcastle University | 20082011: BSc in Marine Biology at Newcastle University
Reviewer: Behaviour (Brill); Animal Behaviour (Elsevier); Journal of Experimental Biology (The Company of Biologists)
Member/Associate member: Royal Society of Biology; International Society of Neuroethology; Fisheries Society of the British Isles; Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour


Dr. Gareth Arnott

Contest behaviour and animal welfare


Dr. Hansjoerg Kunc

Animal communication and behavioural plasticity


Dr. Richard Holland

Navigation and sensory systems


Prof. Robert Elwood 

Animal behaviour, ecology and evolution