Kasper Hlebowicz

Kasper Hlebowicz

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

School of Animal and Veterinary Science

Faculty of Sciences


My doctoral research focuses on the ecology, evolution and behaviour of animals, in particular, social behaviour in domesticated sheep (Ovis aries):

Leadership in groups: effects on group movement dynamics and decision making

Movement coordination is a widespread phenomenon across gregarious animals. In many systems, the coordinated movement and other synchronised behaviours are driven by certain individuals, so-called leaders. However, despite the common occurrence of leadership in groups across the animal kingdom, little is known about what makes an effective leader, and how leaders contribute to group processes such as movement and decision making in groups. My research project will integrate the theory of leadership, social networks and movement ecology to address these questions in livestock species, sheep in particular.

I am supervised by Dr Stephan Leu and Dr Jerome Buhl at the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, University of Adelaide.

You can contact me and find out more details on my ResearchGate profile

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2021 Attisano, A., Hlebowicz, K., Gula, R., & Theuerkauf, J. (2021). Threat recognition and response in an avian brood-parasite host from New Caledonia. CURRENT ZOOLOGY, 67(3), 255-262.
    DOI WoS1
    2019 Bertolini, C., Hlebowicz, K., Schlichta, F., Capelle, J. J., van de Koppel, J., & Bouma, T. J. (2019). Are all patterns created equal? Cooperation is more likely in spatially simple habitats. Marine Ecology, 40(6), 10 pages.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS1
    2019 Prokop, Z. M., Hlebowicz, K., Gaczorek, T. S., Antoł, W. M., Martin, O. Y., Gage, M. J. G., & Michalczyk. (2019). No evidence for short-term purging benefits of sexual selection in inbred red flour beetle populations. Journal of Zoology, 307(3), 178-185.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS2
    2018 Plesnar-Bielak, A., Skwierzyńska, A. M., Hlebowicz, K., & Radwan, J. (2018). Relative costs and benefits of alternative reproductive phenotypes at different temperatures - Genotype-by-environment interactions in a sexually selected trait. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 18(1), 10 pages.
    DOI Scopus8 WoS8 Europe PMC3
    2016 Kosztyła, P., Stec, D., Morek, W., Gąsiorek, P., Zawierucha, K., Michno, K., . . . Michalczyk, Ł. (2016). Experimental taxonomy confirms the environmental stability of morphometric traits in a taxonomically challenging group of microinvertebrates. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 178(4), 765-775.
    DOI Scopus43 WoS43
  • 2018 — Erasmus+ Mobility Grant
  • 2017 — The Ministry of Science and Higher Education (Poland) scholarship for outstanding achievements

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