My research interests focus on the intersection of animal behaviour, cognitive ecology, and animal personality with wildlife conservation and the sustainable co-existence of humans and nature.

2017-Present: M.Sc. Candidate (Thesis-based), Chemical and Behavioural Ecology, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

Fall 2015: Exchange Semester, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

2013-2016: B.Sc. Honours with Distinction, Biology, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada


2017 Concordia Graduate Student Association Conference Funding Subsidy, 2017 Quebec Centre for Biodiversity Science Intensive Course Award, 2017 Fonds de Recherche du Quebec – Nature et Technologies Master’s Scholarship, 2017 Concordia Graduate Scholarship in Natural Sciences and Engineering Research, 2017 Concordia Faculty of Arts and Science Graduate Fellowship, 2017 Best Graduate Student Presentation, LCDS Sustainability Across Disciplines Conference, 2016 Dean’s List, Faculty of Arts and Science, 2016 Concordia Undergraduate Student Research Award – Concordia University, Montreal, 2015 MEESR Student Mobility Exchange Bursary – Concordia University, Montreal

Field Research Experience:

Montmorency Forest Field Station, Quebec, Canada (Aug 27-Sep 4, 2016), Catamaran Brook Field Station, New Brunswick, Canada (Jul 2-Aug 1, 2016), Kioloa Coastal Campus Field Station, New South Wales, Australia (Sep 24-29, 2015), Jatun Sacha Biological Reserve, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador (May 15-30, 2015)

Peer-Reviewed Publications (Google Scholar):

  1. Dayanandan, Arun. (2017) “What Elephants Know, E. Dinerstein. Disney Hyperion (2016).” Biological Conservation. Volume 214, October 2017, Page 348 doi: 10.1016/j.biocon.2017.08.009 (Link)
  2. Dayanandan, Arun. (2017) “Killing the Koala and Poisoning the Prairie: Australia, America, and the Environment, C.J.A. Bradshaw, P.R. Ehrlich. University of Chicago Press (2015).” Biological Conservation. Volume 205, January 2017, Page 113 doi: 10.1016/j.biocon.2016.11.016 (Link)
  3. Al-Safadi S, Al-Safadi A, Branchaud M, Rutherford S, Dayanandan A, Robinson B, et al. (2014) Stress-Induced Changes in the Expression of the Clock Protein PERIOD1 in the Rat Limbic Forebrain and Hypothalamus: Role of Stress Type, Time of Day, and Predictability. PLoS ONE 9(10): e111166. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0111166 (Link)

Selected Talks:

  1. Dayanandan, Arun. Choosing a Mate, Traumatized Offspring, and the Problem with Native Invasive Species. Loyola Sustainability Research Centre Ignite Session, Feb 22, 2019 Montreal, Quebec
  2. Dayanandan, Arun. Background Predation Risk and Female Mate Choice in Female Trinidadian Guppies. Quebec Centre for Biodiversity Science Symposium, Dec 12, 2018 Montreal, Quebec (Link)
  3. Dayanandan, A.*, Allan, J., Brassard, F., Hirsh-Pearson, K., Plaisir, C.A. Conservation Outreach in Urban Schools: A Facilitated Discussion. North American Congress for Conservation Biology, Jul 23, 2018 Toronto, Ontario (Link)
  4. Dayanandan, Arun. Inheriting Fear: Maternal Background Predation Risk and Neophobic Responses in Convict Cichlids. Concordia Biology Graduate Seminar Series, May 14, 2018 Montreal, Quebec (Link)
  5. Dayanandan, Arun. Projected Future: Our View on the Future of Science Journalism. Science Journalism Educator Summit, Aug 11, 2017 Montreal, Quebec (Link)
  6.  Dayanandan, Arun. Teaching New Fish Old Tricks: A Novel Approach to Life Skills Training of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar). Ontario Ecology, Ethology and Evolution Colloquium, May 18, 2017 Kingston, Ontario (Link)
  7. Dayanandan, Arun. Frightened Fish: A Novel Approach to Life Skills Training of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar). Loyola College for Diversity and Sustainability ‘Sustainability Across Disciplines” Conference, Mar 16, 2017 Montreal, Quebec (Link)
  8. Dayanandan, Arun. Background Risk and Neophobia in Hatchery-Reared, Wild-Conditioned, Atlantic Salmon. Concordia University Biology Undergraduate Thesis Seminar, Dec 6. 2016 Montreal, Quebec (Link)
  9. Panelist, The Future of Education The Future of Work Town Hall, Maclean’s Magazine and Concordia University, Nov 24, 2016 Montreal, Quebec (Link)
  10. Dayanandan, Arun. Integrated Multi-trophic Aquaculture: A Saving Grace to Global Fisheries. International Concordia-Siena Conference on Globalization, Nov 11, 2016 Albany, New York (Link)
  11. Dayanandan, Arun. Neophobic Responses in Poststocked Atlantic Salmon. Concordia Undergraduate Research Showcase, Oct 14, 2016 Montreal, Quebec (Link)
  12.  Dayanandan, Arun. Less Plastic Can Save the World. IRC Sustainability Pitching Competition, University of New South Wales Inter-Residential Council, Aug 12, 2015 Sydney, Australia
  13.  Al-Safadi*,S., A. Al-Safadi, M. Branchaud, S. Rutherford, A. Dayanandan, B. Robinson, S. Amir (2013). Stress induced Per1 Expression in the Rat Limbic Forebrain and Hypothalamus. Poster at the annual meeting of the society for Neuroscience, Nov 9-13, 2013 San Diego, California.

Academic Leadership:

  • 2017 – Present: President & Founder, Society for Conservation Biology – Montreal Chapter (Link)
  • 2017 – Present: Organized Jackson Hole WILD On Tour Film Screening Series
  • 2017 – 2018: President, Concordia Biology Graduate Student Association
  • Mar 2018: Chair Organizing Committee – “Third Annual Beyond Books: Alumni Panel Discussion for Community Building and Career Development in Biology,” Concordia University (Link)
  • Sep 2017: Chair Organizing Committee, 4th Annual Concordia Biology Research Symposium
  • Apr 2017: Organized Society for Conservation Biology – Montreal Chapter Earth Hour Hike
  • Mar 2017: Chair Organizing Committee – “Second Annual Beyond Books: Alumni Panel Discussion for Community Building and Career Development in Biology,” Concordia University (Link)
  • 2016 – 2017: Member, Constituency Youth Council of Canada NDG-Westmount
  • 2016 – 2017: President, Concordia Biology Student Association
  • Mar 2016: Chair Organizing Committee – “Beyond Books: Alumni Panel Discussion for Community Building and Career Development in Biology,” Concordia University (Link)
  • 2015 – 2016: Vice-President of Internal Affairs, Concordia Biology Student Association
  • Aug 2015: Organized a Fantasea Harbour Hike student group benefiting the Sydney Institute of Marine Science

Societal Membership:

Animal Behaviour Society (Student Member), Society for Conservation Biology (Student Member, Sydney Chapter & Founder, Montreal Chapter), Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (Student and Early Career Scientist Chapter), Quebec Centre for Biodiversity Science (Graduate Student Member), Concordia University Loyola Sustainability Research Centre (Junior Associate Member), McGill University Redpath Museum Society (Member), Golden Key International Honour Society (Student Member, Concordia Chapter)

SCUBA Diving:

  • PADI Rescue SCUBA Diver (+ Emergency O2 Provider, Emergency First Response), ActionSCUBA, Montreal, Canada
  • PADI Dry Suit SCUBA Diver, Total Diving, Montreal, Canada
  • PADI Advanced Open Water SCUBA Diver (+ Deep Diving, Night Diving, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Underwater Naturalist, Underwater Navigator), ProDive Cairns, Cairns, Australia
  • PADI Open Water SCUBA Diver, Sydney Dive Academy, Sydney, Australia

(I am also an avid hiker, skier, and nature photographer!)