Practicing good science through meaningful projects

Welcome to the Parsons Lab for Behavioral Ecology and Conservation



Research in our lab includes field and laboratory approaches to address contemporary and fundamental questions in vertebrate ecology; including chemical communication, multimodal signaling, and predator-prey interactions within the context of trophic cascades. We have particular interests in how animals make decisions within the complex milieu of chemical ‘noise’ in the natural environment, and how they relate this information to conspecifics (chemical-mediated social transmission). We also have a penchant for optimal foraging theories, games theory and especially the ecology of fear– a primal motivator.

Many of our research outcomes relate to conservation, urban ecology, integrated pest management (IPM), and animal welfare. While we are not restricted to any particular animal taxa or geographic location, our work falls within the themes of Animal Conservation, Multimodal signaling, and Urban Ecology/Wildlife Management.


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To find  Animal Conservation projects–> click kiang  To find multimodal signalling projects –> click gulls   To find Urban Ecology/IPM projects–> click kangaroos


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