Dr. Claudia Mettke-Hofmann
||Job Title||Lecturer in Animal Behaviour|
|Telephone||+44 (0)151 231 2247|
|Email Address @ljmu.ac.uk||C.C.Mettke-Hofmann|
|Contact Address||Room 346a|
James Parsons Building
2008 – 2010: Postgraduate Certificate for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Liverpool John Moores University, UK
2007 - Present: School of Natural Sciences & Psychology, Liverpool John Moores University
2006 – 2012: Smithsonian Research Associate, Dept. of Conservation Biology, at the National Zoological Park, Washington DC
1990 – 1993: PhD in Life Sciences (external). Free University of Berlin and Max-Planck-Institute of Behavioural Physiology, Radolfzell.
1990: BSc equivalent, Biology. Free University of Berlin.
2005 – 2006: Scientific research position: Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Dept. of Biological Rhythms and Behaviour, Andechs
2004 – 2005: Smithsonian Fellowship: Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, Washington DC
2000 – 2004: Scientific research position: Max Planck Research Centre for Ornithology, Dept. of Biological Rhythms and Behaviour, Andechs
1997 – 1999: Post Doctoral Fellow: Max Planck Research Centre for Ornithology, Department of Biological Rhythms and Behaviour, Andechs.
1994 – 1997: Post Doctoral Fellow (external): Institute of Behavioural Biology, Free University of Berlin, Max-Planck-Institute of Behavioural Physiology, Radolfzell, and Konrad-Lorenz Institute for Comparative Ethology, Vienna.
I am module leader for ‘Control & Perception’ on level 2 and ‘Animal Learning and Cognition’ and ‘Behaviour and Welfare of Captive Animals’ on level 3. I am further teaching on ‘Animal Behaviour and Welfare’ (level 2) and ‘Functional Morphology’ (level 3).
I supervise a variety of undergraduate projects related to animal behaviour of mammals and birds. However, my main focus lies with birds.
My research field is the ‘Evolution of Cognitive Abilities in Birds’. My main interest is in the interaction between behaviour and ecology, particularly cognitive ecology. I investigate how evolutionary forces such as ecological factors, social organization, and life-style have shaped information gathering, learning, and memory on the species, population and individual (personality traits) level. My research involves basic as well as applied research (animal welfare, conservation). I use cost/benefit considerations to predict cognitive differences on the species to the individual level and integrate behavioural and physiological methods.
I have worked with a variety of parrot species (>80 species) and, more recently, with old-world (warblers, tits, chats) and new-world songbirds (icterids). Currently, the Gouldian finch is my study subject.
- Neophobia in resident and migratory songbirds
- Personality traits in birds
- Assessing habitat requirements of the strongly declining Rusty blackbird
- Leah J. Williams Leadership and personality traits in the Gouldian finch (Erythrura gouldiae); in collaboration with Dr. Andrew J. King, Structure and Motion Laboratory, Royal Veterinary College, University of London; (funded by the School of Natural Sciences & Psychology with HEFCE research allocation)
- Christina Stanley A Study of Equid Sociality: its structure, complexity and the influence of individuals; in collaboration with Dr. Susanne Shultz, Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin’s Fellow, Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, University of Oxford
- Yvette L. Foulds The effectiveness of mixed species aviaries in terms of bird breeding and survival within zoological collections; in collaboration with Dr. Roger Wilkinson, Conservation Division, Chester Zoo
- Madeleine Scriba Sleep and learning in birds; Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Sleep and Flight group, Seewiesen, Germany; (External supervisor)
Van den Elzen, R., G. Hofmann & C. Mettke-Hofmann 2007. Prachtfinken (Estrildian Finches). Vol. 2 Afrika (eds. J. Nicolai & J. Steinbacher). Ulmer Verlag, Stuttgart.
Mettke-Hofmann, C. & U. Gansloßer (eds.) 2002 Bird Research and Breeding. Filander Verlag, Fürth.