My Details

‌‌Daniel SankeyDaniel Sankey
Postgraduate Student

Biosciences

Email: 847209@swansea.ac.uk 
Mob: 07887 245005
Twitter: @dwsankey1
ORCID digital identifier: orcid.org/0000-0002-6363-8023

Research Group: SHOAL/www.SHOALgroup.org

About Me

My undergraduate thesis was in Chemistry. However I was inspired to switch discipline to behavioural ecology a few years ago when reading ‘The Selfish Gene’ (Dawkins, 1960). Further reading became priority throughout a two-year part time Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE) in Animal Behaviour and Welfare which propelled me to master’s level with a clear career focus: as a researcher and lecturer of behavioural ecology, specialising in collective animal behaviour (CAB).

Following the CertHE, I applied for a received a paid research placement at the National Lobster Hatchery. Our paper contains novel solutions to existing problems in the field, which we are aiming to publish this winter.

Currently I am working on my MRes under the supervision of Dr. Andrew King at Swansea University. I have proposed to investigate how local/global vocal signals/cues influence collective behaviour of goat herds in Namibia. Using GPS and microphone attached collars we have a unique opportunity to assess how vocalization amplitude affects neighbour’s behaviour and then patterns of collective behaviour.

Areas of Expertise

  • Behavioural ecology
  • Animal personalities
  • Predator/prey relationships
  • R – Analysis
  • Philosophy of science and statistics