We are interested in how animals respond to their environments, particularly in the context of anti-predator aggregation and environmental change. We are interested in how animals interact with one another in their foraging, mating and social decisions, and how the environment affects these behaviours. Projects include the behavioural responses of small fish to increasing environmental turbidity, the effect of resource density on attack rates by foraging insects, and understanding how predators target prey, using principles taken from human psychology. I am also interested in how students learn, and evaluating the effectiveness of learning and teaching strategies.
January 2019: Manuscript accepted! The final (publishable) chapter of Helen’s PhD on environmental effects on foraging behaviour in guppies.
December 2018: Manuscript accepted! This one is written by a former undergraduate student and is on hermit crabs. Blog post coming soon.
October 2018: After a bit of a news drought, in the last month we’ve submitted 2 new manuscript and revised and resubmitted two more! Fingers crossed…
November 2017: We’ve just advertised for 3 PhD studentships on molecular stress in changing aquatic environments
September 2017: Welcome to Stephanie McLean, who joins the group as part of a new research cluster on parental care
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