Researcher Profile

Lawrence M. Dill

Job Title: Professor
Employer: Dept of Biological Sciences, Simon Fraser University
Place of Birth: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Public School attended: Bayview Elementary, Vancouver
High School attended: Kitsilano, Vancouver
Further Education: University of British Columbia (B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.).
Geographic focus of research: British Columbia, Australia and Indonesia

Brief synopsis of current research:
My major research interests are in the development and testing of cost-benefit models of behaviour, and experimental studies of the decision rules used by animals to ensure adaptive behaviour in various contexts. The emphasis is on understanding how behaviours maximize individual fitness; this is achieved by experimental analyses of the benefits and costs of the various behavioural alternatives available to the animal. Most recently, my research program has emphasized foraging and predator avoidance behaviours, and the interactions (trade-offs) between these. I study marine invertebrates, fishes (marine and freshwater) and cetaceans (whales and dolphins).


Recent Publications:

Dill, L.M., Hedrick, A.V., and A. Fraser. Male mating strategies under predation risk: do females call the shots? Behav. Ecol. 10: 452-461.

Dill, L.M. and A.H.G. Fraser. 1997. The worm returns: hiding behavior of a tube-dwelling marine polychaete, Serpula vermicularis. Behav. Ecol. 8: 186-193.

Sharpe, F.A., and L.M. Dill. 1997. The behaviour of Pacific herring schools in response to artificial humpback whale bubbles. Can. J. Zool. 75: 725-730.

Grand, T.C. and L.M. Dill. 1997. The energetic equivalence of cover to juvenile coho salmon. (Oncorhynchus kisutch): ideal free distribution theory applied. Behav. Ecol. 8:437-447.

Baird, R.W. and L.M. Dill. 1996. Ecological and social determinants of group size in transient killer whales Orcinus orca. Behav. Ecol. 7:408-416.