A/Prof. Peter Biro

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Associate Professor In Behavioural Ecology

Faculty

Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env

Department

School of Life & Env. Sciences

Campus

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Contact

pete.biro@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 522 72426

Biography

2011 to present:  Assoc. Prof. and ARC Future Fellow, Deakin University

2010 Senior Lecturer and ARC Future Fellow, UNSW.

2009 Lecturer, University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), Australia.

2006 Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow, UTS.

2006 Endeavour Research Fellow, UTS.

2003 NSERC Postdoctoral fellow, University of Manitoba, Canada.

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Research interests

Research interests

  • animal behavior, physiology, population ecology, statistics

 

My research is currently exploring linkages between animal physiology, behaviour, life-history, and natural and human-caused selection in fish and other organisms.

In particular, I want to know what promotes the existence (& maintenance) of consistent individual differences in behavior, often termed ‘personality’ or ‘temperament’, and what this means for predator-prey interactions, and for practical issues such as sampling bias and the effects of human harvesting of animal populations.

Units taught

Animal Behaviour SLE224

Animal Diversity SLE204

Statistics SLE251

Research groups

Postdoctoral fellows


Dr Kerry Fanson (2012  - present)         Metabolism and animal personality

Dr Vincent Careau  (2013 - present)     Behavior, metabolism, thermal sensitivity

Dr Bart Adriaenssens (2010-2011)      Metabolism and animal personality

 

Research Associates

Francesca Santostefano    Guppy personality, honest signals and mating effort

 

Students

David Mitchell  (PhD 2015 - present)  Evolutionary and developmental effects of predation risk on behavior

Portia Sampson    (honours 2011)   Growth-personality links in crayfish, and implications for fishing harvest

Publications

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2018

Cancer is not (only) a senescence problem

F Thomas, F Vavre, T Tissot, M Vittecoq, M Giraudeau, F Bernex, D Misse, F Renaud, N Raven, C Beckmann, R Hamede, P Biro, B Ujvari

(2018), Vol. 4, pp. 169-172, Trends in cancer, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Metabolic scope as a proximate constraint on individual behavioral variation: effects on personality, plasticity, and predictability

P Biro, T Garland, C Beckmann, B Ujvari, F Thomas, J Post

(2018), Vol. 192, pp. 142-154, American naturalist, Chicago, Ill., C1

journal

Chronic exposure to increased water temperature reveals few impacts on stress physiology and growth responses in juvenile Atlantic salmon

J Tromp, P Jones, M Brown, J Donald, P Biro, L Afonso

(2018), Vol. 495, pp. 196-204, Aquaculture, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Bayesian updating during development predicts genotypic differences in plasticity

Judy Stamps, Peter Biro, David Mitchell, Julia Saltz

(2018), Evolution, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal
2017

Curvilinear telomere length dynamics in a squamate reptile

B Ujvari, P Biro, J Charters, G Brown, K Heasman, C Beckmann, T Madsen

(2017), Vol. 31, pp. 753-759, Functional ecology, London, Eng., C1

journal

Cancer: a disease at the crossroads of trade-offs

C Jacqueline, P Biro, C Beckmann, A Moller, F Renaud, G Sorci, A Tasiemski, B Ujvari, F Thomas

(2017), Vol. 10, pp. 215-225, Evolutionary applications: evolutionary approaches to environmental, biomedical and socio-economic issues, London, Eng., C1

journal

Changes in diet associated with cancer: an evolutionary perspective

F Thomas, S Rome, F Mery, E Dawson, J Montagne, P Biro, C Beckmann, F Renaud, R Poulin, M Raymond, B Ujvari

(2017), Vol. 10, pp. 651-657, Evolutionary applications, London, Eng., C1

journal

Is behavioural plasticity consistent across different environmental gradients and through time?

D Mitchell, P Biro

(2017), Vol. 284, pp. 1-8, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: biological sciences, London, Eng., C1

journal

Avian nest abandonment prior to laying-a strategy to minimize predation risk?

M Flegeltaub, P Biro, C Beckmann

(2017), Vol. 158, pp. 1091-1098, Journal of ornithology, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal

The importance of cancer cells for animal evolutionary ecology

F Thomas, C Jacqueline, T Tissot, M Henard, S Blanchet, G Loot, E Dawson, F Mery, F Renaud, J Montagne, C Beckmann, P Biro, R Hamede, B Ujvari

(2017), Vol. 1, pp. 1592-1595, Nature ecology and evolution, London, Eng., C1

journal
2016

Cancer and life-history traits: lessons from host-parasite interactions

B Ujvari, C Beckmann, P Biro, A Arnal, A Tasiemski, F Massol, M Salzet, F Mery, C Boidin-Wichlacz, D Misse, F Renaud, M Vittecoq, T Tissot, B Roche, R Poulin, F Thomas

(2016), Vol. 143, pp. 533-541, Parasitology, Cambridge, Eng., C1

journal

Individual boldness traits influenced by temperature in male Siamese fighting fish.

M Forsatkar, M Nematollahi, P Biro, C Beckmann

(2016), Vol. 165, pp. 267-272, Physiology and behavior, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Personality and individual differences in plasticity

J Stamps, P Biro

(2016), Vol. 12, pp. 18-23, Current opinion in behavioral sciences, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Stress-induced peak (but not resting) metabolism correlates with mating display intensity in male guppies.

P Biro, K Fanson, F Santostefano

(2016), Vol. 6, pp. 6537-6545, Ecology and evolution, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal

Towards powerful experimental and statistical approaches to study intraindividual variability in labile traits

D Mitchell, B Fanson, C Beckmann, P Biro

(2016), Vol. 3, pp. 1-10, Royal society open science, London, Eng., C1

journal
2015

Fishing directly selects on growth rate via behaviour: implications of growth-selection that is independent of size.

P Biro, P Sampson

(2015), Vol. 282, pp. 1-6, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological sciences, London, Eng, C1

journal

Using repeatability to study physiological and behavioural traits: ignore time-related change at your peril

P Biro, J Stamps

(2015), Vol. 105, pp. 223-230, Animal behaviour, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Hierarchical analysis of avian re-nesting behavior: mean, across-individual, and intra-individual responses

C Beckmann, P Biro, K Martin

(2015), Vol. 69, pp. 1631-1638, Behavioral ecology and sociobiology, New York, N.Y., C1

journal
2014

Individual and sex-specific differences in intrinsic growth rate covary with consistent individual differences in behaviour

P Biro, B Adriaenssens, P Sampson

(2014), Vol. 83, pp. 1186-1195, Journal of Animal Ecology, Chichester, West Sussex, C1

journal

Individual variation in thermal performance curves: swimming burst speed and jumping endurance in wild-caught tropical clawed frogs

V Careau, P Biro, C Bonneaud, E Fokam, A Herrel

(2014), Vol. 175, pp. 471-480, Oecologia, Heidelberg, Germany, C1

journal

Individual (co)variation in thermal reaction norms of standard and maximal metabolic rates in wild-caught slimy salamanders

V Careau, M Gifford, P Biro

(2014), Vol. 28, pp. 1175-1186, Functional ecology, Oxford, England, C1

journal
2013

Are most samples of animals systematically biased? Consistent individual trait differences bias samples despite random sampling

P Biro

(2013), Vol. 171, pp. 339-345, Oecologia, Heidelberg, Germany, C1

journal

How does temperature affect behaviour? Multilevel analysis of plasticity, personality and predictability in hermit crabs

M Briffa, D Bridger, P Biro

(2013), Vol. 86, pp. 47-54, Animal behaviour, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

On the validity of a single (boldness) assay in personality research

C Beckmann, P Biro

(2013), Vol. 119, pp. 937-947, Ethology, London, England, C1

journal

Predictability as a personality trait : consistent differences in intraindividual behavioral variation

P Biro, B Adriaenssens

(2013), Vol. 182, pp. 621-629, American naturalist, Chicago, Ill., C1

journal

Personality and plasticity: Consistent responses within-, but not across-temperature situations in crabs

P Biro, J O'Connor, L Pedini, P Gribben

(2013), Vol. 150, pp. 799-811, Behaviour, Leiden, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal
2012

Boldness, trappability and sampling bias in wild lizards

A Carter, R Heinsohn, A Goldizen, P Biro

(2012), Vol. 83, pp. 1051-1058, Animal behaviour, Oxford, England, C1

journal

Do rapid assays predict repeatability in labile (behavioural) traits?

P Biro

(2012), Vol. 83, pp. 1295-1300, Animal behaviour, Oxford, England, C1

journal

Introgression of domesticated alleles into a wild trout genotype and the impact on seasonal survival in natural lakes

W Vandersteen, P Biro, L Harris, R Devlin

(2012), Vol. 5, pp. 76-88, Evolutionary applications, Hoboken, N. J., C1

journal

Unpredictable animals : individual differences in intraindividual variability (IIV)

J Stamps, M Briffa, P Biro

(2012), Vol. 83, pp. 1325-1334, Animal behaviour, Oxford, England, C1

journal
2010

'Personality' in two species of temperate damselfish

A Eriksson, D Booth, P Biro

(2010), Vol. 420, pp. 273-276, Marine ecology progress series, Oldendorf, Germany, C1-1

journal

Small within-day increases in temperature affects boldness and alters personality in coral reef fish

P Biro, C Beckmann, J Stamps

(2010), Vol. 277, pp. 71-77, Royal society of London. Proceedings B. Biological sciences, London, England, C1-1

journal

Do consistent individual differences in metabolic rate promote consistent individual differences in behavior?

P Biro, J Stamps

(2010), Vol. 25, pp. 653-659, Trends in ecology and evolution, London, England, C1-1

journal
2009

Performance of tropical fish recruiting to temperate habitats: role of ambient temperature and implications of climate change

W Figueira, P Biro, D Booth, V Valenzuela

(2009), Vol. 384, pp. 231-239, Marine ecology progress series, Oldendorf, Germany, C1-1

journal
2008

Repeatability of foraging tactics in young brook trout, Salvelinus fontinalis

P Biro, M Ridgway

(2008), Vol. 122, pp. 40-44, Canadian field-naturalist, Ottawa, Ont., C1-1

journal

Rapid depletion of genotypes with fast growth and bold personality traits from harvested fish populations

P Biro, J Post

(2008), Vol. 105, pp. 2919-2922, National academy of sciences. Proceedings, Washington, D. C., C1-1

journal

Are animal personality traits linked to life-history productivity?

P Biro, J Stamps

(2008), Vol. 23, pp. 361-368, Trends in ecology and evolution, London, England, C1-1

journal

Early microhabitat use by age 0 year brook charr Salvelinus fontinalis in lakes

P Biro, C Beckmann, M Ridgway

(2008), Vol. 73, pp. 226-240, Journal of fish biology, Oxford, England, C1-1

journal
2007

Direct manipulation of behaviour reveals a mechanism for variation in growth and mortality among prey populations

P Biro, M Abrahams, J Post

(2007), Vol. 73, pp. 891-896, Animal behaviour, Oxford, England, C1-1

journal

Mechanisms for climate-induced mortality of fish populations in whole-lake experiments

P Biro, J Post, D Booth

(2007), Vol. 104, pp. 9715-9719, National academy of sciences. Proceedings, Washington, D. C., C1-1

journal

Estimation of gillnet efficiency and selectivity across multiple sampling units : A hierarchical Bayesian analysis using mark-recapture data

P Askey, J Post, E Parkinson, E Rivot, A Paul, P Biro

(2007), Vol. 83, pp. 162-174, Fisheries research, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal
2006

Asymmetric impact of piscivorous birds on size-structured fish populations

C Beckmann, P Biro, J Post

(2006), Vol. 84, pp. 1584-1593, Canadian journal of zoology, Ottawa, Ont., C1-1

journal

Behavioural trade-offs between growth and mortality explain evolution of submaximal growth rates

P Biro, M Abrahams, J Post, E Parkinson

(2006), Vol. 75, pp. 1165-1171, Journal of animal ecology, Oxford, England, C1-1

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2005

Ontogeny of energy allocation reveals selective pressure promoting risk-taking behaviour in young fish cohorts

P Biro, J Post, M Abrahams

(2005), Vol. 272, pp. 1443-1448, Royal society of London. Proceedings B. Biological sciences, London, England, C1-1

journal
2004

Over-winter lipid depletion and mortality of age-0 rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss)

P Biro, A Morton, J Post, E Parkinson

(2004), Vol. 61, pp. 1513-1519, Canadian journal of fisheries and aquatic sciences, Ottawa, Ont., C1-1

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Predators select against high growth rates and risk-taking behaviour in domestic trout populations

P Biro, M Abrahams, J Post, E Parkinson

(2004), Vol. 271, pp. 2233-2237, Royal society of London. Proceedings B. Biological sciences, London, England, C1-1

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2003

Density-dependent mortality is mediated by foraging activity for prey fish in whole-lake experiments

P Biro, J Post, E Parkinson

(2003), Vol. 72, pp. 546-555, Journal of animal ecology, Oxford, England, C1-1

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From individuals to populations : prey fish risk-taking mediates mortality in whole-system experiments

P Biro, J Post, E Parkinson

(2003), Vol. 84, pp. 2419-2431, Ecology, Ithaca, N.Y., C1-1

journal

Population consequences of a predator-induced habitat shift by trout in whole-lake experiments

P Biro, J Post, E Parkinson

(2003), Vol. 84, pp. 691-700, Ecology, Tempe, Az., C1-1

journal
1998

Staying cool: behavioral thermoregulation during summer by young-of-year brook trout in a lake

P Biro

(1998), Vol. 127, pp. 212-222, Transactions of the American fisheries society, Bethesda, Md., C1-1

journal
1997

The central-place territorial model does not apply to space-use by juvenile brook charr Salvelinus fontinalis in lakes

P Biro, M Ridgway, D Noakes

(1997), Vol. 66, pp. 837-845, Journal of animal ecology, Oxford, England, C1-1

journal
1996

Does the rate of foraging attempts predict ingestion rate for young-of-the-year brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) in the field?

P Biro, M Ridgway, R McLaughlin

(1996), Vol. 53, pp. 1814-1820, Canadian journal of fisheries and aquatic sciences, Ottawa, Ont., C1-1

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1995

Individual variation in foraging movements in a lake population of young-of-the-year brook charr (Salvelinus fontinalis)

P Biro, M Ridgway

(1995), Vol. 132, pp. 57-74, Behaviour, Leiden, The Netherlands, C1-1

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Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Linkages between productivity and consistent behavioural traits in fish: implications for harvesting, climate impacts, and selective breeding for aquaculture

A/Prof Peter Biro

ARC Fellowships - Future Fellowships

  • 2013: $97,935
  • 2012: $188,508
  • 2011: $147,018

Can consistent individual differences in metabolic rate explain animal personality? Implications for fish and aquaculture in a warming climate

A/Prof Peter Biro

ARC - Discovery Projects

  • 2013: $77,774
  • 2012: $74,893
  • 2011: $75,166

Supervisions

No completed student supervisions to report