Personality in agama lizards and chacma baboons Methodological considerations across taxa

Date & time

4–5pm 28 March 2012


Fenner Seminar Room Building 141 Linnaeus Way (Cnr Daley Road) ANU


Alecia Carter


 David Salt
 +61 2 612 59286

Individuals within a population should adapt their behaviour to suit their current physical and social environment. The discovery that an individual may be constrained, and even behave sub-optimally, because of its personality type seems paradoxical, and has fundamental implications for understanding individual- to group-level processes.

Despite recent interest in the study of animal personalities within behavioural ecology, the field is fraught with conceptual and methodological difficulties. In a seminar that could alternatively be titled “How NOT to measure animal personality”, Alecia will explain how she inadvertently came across many of these conceptual and methodological difficulties while trying to assess personality in chacma baboons and agama rock lizards in Namibia.

About the speaker

Alecia Carter has a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Queensland. She completed Honours in Zoology at the University of Queensland, for which she won a Premier’s Smart State – Smart Women undergraduate research award. Alecia has previously studied animal personality in fish and kangaroos and branched out during her PhD to study lizards and baboons in Namibia.

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