With a little help from my friends: Guppies live in the rainforest streams of Trinidad, a dynamic environment in which feeding opportunities change quickly. This makes Trinidadian guppies an ideal study system to find out how animals deal with environmental uncertainty when looking for food.
I previously discovered that individual guppies are consistently better in finding food when they are more social. With support of the KT Boost fund, I can now further explore how exactly the guppies achieve this and if certain types of guppies are more likely to be more social. Individuals of the same species often differ in how social they are and differences in food finding ability might be one of the factors that can explain this..
As an early-career researcher, it is crucial for me to develop into a truly independent scientist. This means that this is the ideal time to effectively show my ability to flexibly and successfully work on a variety of projects at any one time. Funding from the Klaus Tschira Boost Fund provides me with the opportunity to show exactly that, by allowing me, next to my current project (on bats), to also further explore an additional research project (on fish), which is independent of my current host institute and funding body.
... would like to develop my creative skills. I love photography, making short science videos and designing pretty presentations. I would love to learn more about graphic design and how to reach people with creativity and humour. I would also like to spend more time volunteering in conservation projects, so I could use my scientific knowledge and skills to support conservation NGO’s. My dream is to help make this world a happier place, for people and animals.
Name: Dr. Lysanne Snijders
Research field: Animal behaviour
Institution: Leibniz Institute of Fresh Water Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB-Berlin)/ Department 4: Biology and Ecology of Fishes; Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW)/ Department 1: Evolutionary Ecology
LinkedIn: Dr Lysanne Snijders
ResearchGate: Dr Lysanne_Snijders