Andrius Pasukonis, PhD

Frog Lab


I am interested in comparative study of learning mechanisms, spatial behavior and acoustic communication. My main research model is Allobates femoralis, a small territorial poison-dart frog (Dendrobatidae) from South America. Allobates femoralis exhibits some of the most complex spatial behaviors among amphibians such territoriality and long distance tadpole transport. I'm using translocation experiments, telemetry and extensive field observations to understand the spatial learning and other orientation mechanism involved in these movements. In addition, we're designing experiments on behavioral flexibility under controlled laboratory conditions at the University of Vienna.