Welcome to the Mathot Lab at the University of Alberta. Very broadly, our research centers on understanding the causes and consequences of phenotypic variation across different levels of biological organization. What limits within-individual phenotypic plasticity? Why do individuals from the same populations often show consistent differences in their average behaviour (also referred to as animal personality)? How do individual level characteristics scale up to influence group level dynamics?
We use an integrative, systems level approach to tackle these questions, by studying suites of functionally related traits. We work with a variety of study systems, combine theoretical and empirical approaches (both lab and field), and apply theory and methods from behavioural ecology, evolutionary biology, physiology and quantitative genetics.