Stephan Leu

Dr Stephan Leu


School of Animal and Veterinary Science

Faculty of Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.

Sheep at Fowlers Gap Research StationTiliqua rugosa

I am interested in animal behaviour in an evolutionary ecological framework. In my research I ask fundamental questions about the emergence, maintenance and consequences of social structure in animal populations. I typically track animals with GPS loggers, which provides deep insight into animals' spatial behaviour. My research questions sit at the interface of three exciting and growing research areas, and specifically address the complex interconnection between them:

1) Animal social networks. Which factors drive animal social structure, and collective behaviour, and what are the consequences for health and fitness?
2) Movement ecology. Social structure can emerge as a consequence of animal movement and space use. I investigate how movement decisions at the individual and group level affect the probability of interacting with other conspecifics and how this ultimately leads to the emergence of social structure.
3) Disease ecology. How do spatial and social interactions predict pathogen transmission through populations?

You can find out more details on my research page.

2017 - 2020 DECRA Fellowship - Australian Research Council

2016             Postdoctoral Endeavour Research Fellowship - Australian Department of Education and Training

I am teaching into the Animal Behaviour program, e.g. AN BEHAV 3010RW

  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2021 Principal Supervisor Social behaviour in domesticated sheep Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Kasper Feliks Hlebowicz
    2020 Co-Supervisor Evaluating heat stress in Merino ewes Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Bobbie Emilia Lewis Baida
  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 - 2019 Principal Supervisor The role of personality on spatial behaviour in merino sheep (Ovis aries). Macquarie University Master Molly Gilmour
    2018 - ongoing Co-Supervisor Costs of parasitism, and dynamic disease networks in lizards. Macquarie University Doctorate Ko-Huan Lee
    2018 - ongoing Co-Supervisor Social networks, disease transmission and population genetics in the endangered Australian sea lion (Neophoca cinerea). Macquarie University Doctorate Nicolette Armansin
  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2020 - ongoing Board Member Executive Committee The Animal Welfare Collaborative Australia
  • Position: Lecturer
  • Phone: 83132823
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  • Campus: Roseworthy
  • Building: J.S Davies, floor G 09
  • Org Unit: School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences

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