I’m interested in the animal personality and behavior plasticity in changing environments. Currently I’m working with bush Karoo rats (Otomys unisulcatus) in South Africa, studying the effect of early life experience on personality and their behavior plasticity under extreme environment in semi-desert.
I’m a PhD student interested in animal personality and behavior plasticity. Currently I’m collecting data in the field for my PhD project, which is about personality and seasonal behavior variation on bush Karoo rat in South Africa. I majored in Ecology for my bachelor degree in Nanjing Agriculture University and developed my interest of animal behavior when doing Master degree in University of Strasbourg, where I did my internship on the evolution of social organization of Afrotheria and Marsupials, and learned about database construction and phylogenetic modeling. Now I’m doing my PhD at the same university and working at CNRS in Strasbourg, studying seasonality of personality in bush Karoo rat, for which I’ll work 2 years in the field in the Succulent Karoo biodiversity hotspot. I want to know how early life experience shapes personality and if it can affects the individual’s fitness, and how individual adjust their behavior to better adapt to the extreme and variable environment in the seni-desert.