Areas of Expertise

  • Behavioural Endocrinolgy
  • Reproductive Physiology
  • Stress Physiology
  • Non-invasive Hormone Analysis
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Animal Personality

Publications

  1. & Social conformity in solitary crabs (Carcinus maenas) is driven by individual differences in behavioural plasticity. Animal Behaviour
  2. & Social Networks. In The International Encyclopedia of Primatology. -7).
  3. & Collective Decision Making. In The International Encyclopedia of Primatology. -5).
  4. & European sea bass show behavioural resilience to near-future ocean acidification. Royal Society Open Science 3(11), 160656
  5. & Cortisol coregulation in fish. Scientific Reports 6, 30334

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Teaching

  • BIO333 Animal Personality: Physiology, Behaviour, and Evolution

    Individuals within the same species or populations often behave in consistently different ways ¿ they show personality. But why? This course gives an overview about the current state of research in the field of animal personality, including both vertebrates and invertebrates. We will integrate proximate and ultimate aspects, i.e. we will look at evolutionary and developmental processes as well as proximate mechanisms. During a practical session, we will conduct basic personality experiments and will learn statistical techniques to assess animal personalities.This course will suit students who enjoy interactive teaching, e.g. discussions, group activities etc.

  • BIO344 Hormones and Behaviour

    This course focusses on endocrine physiology and hormonal mechanisms of behaviour in vertebrates. We begin with an overview of the endocrine system and hormones. We then study reproductive physiology and investigate the concept of homeostasis and energy balance, and explore the physiology of stress. We also study biological rhythms and the hormonal underpinnings of parental care and learning and memory. Finally, we focus on non-invasive methods in endocrinology and their application in the field and laboratory. To strengthen understanding of stress endocrinology, we explore a real data set during a practical session.

  • BIOM64 MRes Research Project (Biosciences)

    The student will carry out an independent piece of research in Biosciences under the guidance of academic staff in one or more of our Research Pathways: 1) Behavioural and Movement Ecology; 2) Evolutionary and Molecular Biology; 3) Marine Biology, Fisheries and Aquaculture; 4) Mathematical and Statistical Ecology; 5) Population and Community Ecology 6) Whole Organism Biology; 7) Wildlife Diseases and Pest Control. The research project will be undertaken during terms 2 and 3, and the student will produce a written dissertation (thesis). The thesis will be written in a format suitable for publication in an appropriate journal.

  • BIZ300 Collective Animal Behaviour

    Animal groups frequently exhibit complex and coordinated behaviours that result from social interactions among individuals. Research in collective animal behaviour attempts to understand the causes, patterns and consequences of these behaviours. This module will showcase the latest developments in the field of collective animal behaviour, first describing the fundamental processes that lead to collective behaviour. We will then working through empirical examples - from insects, fish, birds and mammals (including humans) to elucidate the fundamental principles that underlie collective behaviour across levels of biological organization.

Supervision

  • 'Individual consistency and temporal dynamics in sheep (Ovis aries) movement and social networks' (current)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Dr Andrew King
  • ROBUSST: Research of behaviour underpinning social systems (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Rowan Brown
    Other supervisor: Dr Andrew King
  • Characterisation of complex adaptive systems in biophysics (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Rowan Brown
    Other supervisor: Dr Andrew King
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Andrew King
  • Endocrine and behavioural plasticity in vertebrates (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Andrew King
  • 'Rules of interaction, not votes, govern group navigational decision making in a terrestrial ungulate (Capra aegagrus hircus).' (awarded 2017)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Dr Andrew King

Administrative Responsibilities

  • PGR Degrees Admissions Tutor - Biosciences

    2016 - Present

  • Ethics Committee (Member) - Biosciences

    2016 - Present

  • Co-Founder / Co-Director - University of Cape Town & Swansea University PhD Programme

    2017 - Present