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Hellström, Gustav
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Hellström, G. & Magnhagen, C. (2017). Balancing past and present: how experience influences boldness over time in Eurasian perch. Current Zoology, 63(2), 159-164
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Balancing past and present: how experience influences boldness over time in Eurasian perch
2017 (English)In: Current Zoology, ISSN 1674-5507, Vol. 63, no 2, p. 159-164Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Adapting to fluctuating predation conditions is a challenge for prey. By learning through experience, animals may adjust their anti-predator behavior to better reflect current predation risk. Although many studies show experience of predation to alter prey behavior, little is known about how prey rely on such experience over time. By comparing boldness over different temporal scales between individuals of Eurasian perch, either experienced or naive of predators, we examine how risk is traded based on past and present experience. Differences in predator exposure during the first year of life were found to lead to differences in risk-taking behavior, even after the perch been kept in a predator-free environment for 9 months. However, the response to a potential predator was quickly readjusted after increased experience of current conditions. The results highlight how prey have to balance past experiences of predators against current threat levels.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford University Press, 2017
Keywords
behavior, fish, learning, personality, predation, risk-taking
National Category
Zoology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-136081 (URN)10.1093/cz/zow043 (DOI)000401273400005 ()
Available from: 2017-06-14 Created: 2017-06-14 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved
Klaminder, J., Hellström, G., Fahlman, J., Jonsson, M., Fick, J., Lagesson, A., . . . Brodin, T. (2016). Drug-Induced Behavioral Changes: Using Laboratory Observations to Predict Field Observations. Frontiers in Environmental Science, 4, Article ID 81.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Drug-Induced Behavioral Changes: Using Laboratory Observations to Predict Field Observations
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2016 (English)In: Frontiers in Environmental Science, E-ISSN 2296-665X, Vol. 4, article id 81Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Behavioral assays constitute important research tools when assessing how fish respond to environmental change. However, it is unclear how behavioral modifications recorded in laboratory assays are expressed in natural ecosystems, a limitation that makes it difficult to evaluate the predictive power of laboratory-based measurements. In this study, we hypothesized that exposure to a benzodiazepine (i.e., oxazepam) increases boldness and activity in laboratory assays as well as in field assays – that is, laboratory results can be used to predict field results. Moreover, we expected the modified behavior to affect other important ecological measures such as habitat selection and home range. To test our hypothesis, we exposed European perch (Perca fluviatilis) to oxazepam and measured subsequent changes in behavioral trials both in laboratory assays and in a lake ecosystem populated with a predatory fish species, pike (Esox lucius). In the lake, the positions of both perch and pike were tracked every three minutes for a month using acoustic telemetry. In the laboratory assay, the oxazepam-exposed perch were bolder and more active than the non-exposed perch. In the lake assay, the oxazepam-exposed perch were also more bold and active, had a larger home range, and used pelagic habitats more than the non-exposed perch. We conclude that ecotoxicological behavioral assays are useful for predicting the effects of exposure in natural systems. However, although individual responses to exposure were similar in both the laboratory and field trials, effects were more obvious in the field study, mainly due to reduced variability in the behavior measures from the lake. Hence, short-term behavioral assays may fail to detect all the effects expressed in natural environments. Nevertheless, our study clearly demonstrates that behavior modifications observed in laboratory settings can be used to predict how fish perform in aquatic ecosystems. 

Keywords
anxiety, field manipulation, behavior, GABAergic, landscape of fear
National Category
Other Biological Topics Ecology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-142369 (URN)10.3389/fenvs.2016.00081 (DOI)
Available from: 2017-11-28 Created: 2017-11-28 Last updated: 2018-10-17Bibliographically approved
Hellström, G., Klaminder, J., Finn, F., Persson, L., Alanärä, A., Jonsson, M., . . . Brodin, T. (2016). GABAergic anxiolytic drug in water increases migration behaviour in salmon. Nature Communications, 7, Article ID 13460.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>GABAergic anxiolytic drug in water increases migration behaviour in salmon
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2016 (English)In: Nature Communications, ISSN 2041-1723, E-ISSN 2041-1723, Vol. 7, article id 13460Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Migration is an important life-history event in a wide range of taxa, yet many migrations are influenced by anthropogenic change. Although migration dynamics are extensively studied, the potential effects of environmental contaminants on migratory physiology are poorly understood. In this study we show that an anxiolytic drug in water can promote downward migratory behaviour of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) in both laboratory setting and in a natural river tributary. Exposing salmon smolt to a dilute concentration of a GABAA receptor agonist (oxazepam) increased migration intensity compared with untreated smolt. These results implicate that salmon migration may be affected by human-induced changes in water chemical properties, such as acidification and pharmaceutical residues in wastewater effluent, via alterations in the GABAA receptor function.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Nature Publishing Group, 2016
National Category
Environmental Sciences Pharmacology and Toxicology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-130084 (URN)10.1038/ncomms13460 (DOI)000389265400001 ()
Available from: 2017-01-13 Created: 2017-01-11 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved
Hellström, G., Heynen, M., Borcherding, J. & Magnhagen, C. (2016). Individual consistency and context dependence in group-size preference of Eurasian perch. Behavioural Processes, 133, 6-11
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Individual consistency and context dependence in group-size preference of Eurasian perch
2016 (English)In: Behavioural Processes, ISSN 0376-6357, E-ISSN 1872-8308, Vol. 133, p. 6-11Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Many fish spend a large part of their life in groups. The size of the group influences potential costs and benefits of group living, and depending on context a fish may prefer different group sizes. Group-size preference may also depend on personality, with social individuals expected to prefer larger groups than asocial fish. This study investigates context-dependent group size preference in two populations of a highly social fish, young of the year Eurasian perch. The perch were given a choice between a group of two and a group of eight conspecifics under three different situations: the small group was feeding, the small group had access to shelter, and a control treatment with no extra stimuli. In general, the perch associated more with the large group, but significantly less so during the food treatment. Perceived access to shelter did not affect group size preference compared to the control treatment. Consistent individual differences in social attraction were found within each context, but not among all contexts. Also, an individual's sociability did not correlate with its degree of boldness, indicating a lack of a behavioural syndrome between the two personality traits in the studied populations. The results highlight the importance of considering environmental context when studying social behaviour in obligate social fish, and show the complexity of the concept of sociability as a personality trait by demonstrating context dependence in individual consistency in social behaviour.

National Category
Zoology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-130237 (URN)10.1016/j.beproc.2016.10.009 (DOI)000390507900002 ()27771395 (PubMedID)
Available from: 2017-01-16 Created: 2017-01-14 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved
Hellström, G., Klaminder, J., Jonsson, M., Fick, J. & Brodin, T. (2016). Upscaling behavioural studies to the field using acoustic telemetry. Aquatic Toxicology, 170, 384-389
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Upscaling behavioural studies to the field using acoustic telemetry
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2016 (English)In: Aquatic Toxicology, ISSN 0166-445X, E-ISSN 1879-1514, Vol. 170, p. 384-389Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Laboratory-based behavioural assays are often used in ecotoxicological studies to assess the environmental risk of aquatic contaminants. While results from such laboratory-based risk assessments may be difficult to extrapolate to natural environments, technological advancements over the past decade now make it possible to perform risk assessments through detailed studies of exposed individuals in natural settings. Acoustic telemetry is a technology to monitor movement and behaviour of aquatic organism in oceans, lakes, and rivers. The technology allows for tracking of multiple individuals simultaneously with very high temporal and spatial resolution, with the option to incorporate sensors to measure various physiological and environmental parameters. Although frequently used in fisheries research, aquatic ecotoxicology has been slow to adopt acoustic telemetry as a tool in field-based studies. This mini-review intends to introduce acoustic telemetry to aquatic ecotoxicologists, focusing on the potential of the technology to bridge the gap between laboratory assays and natural behaviours when making toxicological risk assessments.

Keywords
Aquatic ecotoxicology, Acoustic telemetry, Behaviour, Biomarker, Monitoring
National Category
Ecology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-116754 (URN)10.1016/j.aquatox.2015.11.005 (DOI)000368564500042 ()26683267 (PubMedID)
Available from: 2016-02-19 Created: 2016-02-11 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved
Thorlacius, M., Hellström, G. & Brodin, T. (2015). Behavioral dependent dispersal in the invasive round goby Neogobius melanostomus depends on population age. Current Zoology, 61(3), 529-542
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Behavioral dependent dispersal in the invasive round goby Neogobius melanostomus depends on population age
2015 (English)In: Current Zoology, ISSN 1674-5507, Vol. 61, no 3, p. 529-542Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Biological invasions cause major ecological and economic costs in invaded habitats. The round goby Neogobius melanostomus is a successful invasive species and a major threat to the biodiversity and ecological function of the Baltic Sea. It is native to the Ponto-Caspian region and has, via ballast water transport of ships, invaded the Gulf of Gdansk in Poland. Since 1990, it has spread as far north as Raahe in Northern Finland (64 degrees 41'04"N, 24 degrees 28'44"E). Over the past decade, consistent individual differences of behavioral expressions have been shown to explain various ecological processes such as dispersal, survival or reproduction. We have previously shown that new and old populations differ in personality trait expression. Individuals in new populations are bolder, less sociable and more active than in old populations. Here we investigate if the behavioral differentiation can be explained by phenotype-dependent dispersal. This was investigated by measuring activity, boldness and sociability of individually marked gobies, and subsequently allowing them to disperse in a system composed of five consecutive tanks connected by tubes. Individual dispersal tendency and distance was measured. Our results revealed that in newly established populations, more active individuals disperse sooner and that latency of a group to disperse depends on the mean sociability of the group. This indicates the presence of personality dependent dispersal in this species and that it is maintained at the invasion front but lost as the populations get older.

Keywords
Personality, Activity, Dispersal, Round goby, Neogobius melanostomus, Species invasions
National Category
Zoology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-106570 (URN)000356968400015 ()
Available from: 2015-07-20 Created: 2015-07-20 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved
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