About us

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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.


September/October 2019: Two manuscripts accepted and one PhD thesis submitted! Congratulations to Emma on her first manuscript, and Khia on a PhD submission and a manuscript.

July 2019: Manuscript accepted! This one is on how iterated assessment is effective in improving student outcomes (blog post inspired by it here). We also have 4 more papers in submission at the moment.

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…

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