Petri Niemela, Cristina Tuni (Ludwig-Maxmilians-Universität München):
„Studies of individual level behavior: theory vs. support; A journey inside the nuptial gift of a spider“
Dr. Cristina Tuni and Dr. Petri T. Niemelä are both behavioural biologist working at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany. Cristina Tuni is broadly interested in sexual selection and mating system evolution, working primarily with nursery web spider, Pisaura mirabilis and crickets. Petri Niemela is an expert in the field of ‘animal personality’ and vast knowledge of the statistical tools applied to the study of individual variation in behaviour. As a model species, he uses native field cricket species, Gryllus campestris. They collaborate with Jan Klečka’s Laboratory of Integrative Ecology on the project Animal Personalities as drivers for intra- and inter-species interactions in natural arthropod communities, funded by The Bavarian-Czech Academic Agency.