Dr William Allen

Dr William Allen

Senior Lecturer, Biosciences

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 602199

Email address

Research Links

Academic Office - 104
First Floor
Margam Building
Singleton Campus
Available For Postgraduate Supervision


I am an evolutionary ecologist who conducts multi-disciplinary research into sensory systems, signalling, camouflage and life history.

My goal is to apply fundamental scientific knowledge to tackle pressing environmental and conservation challenges. To do so I use phylogenetic comparative approaches, observational and experimental field work, and computer vision techniques.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Evolutionary Ecology
  • Signalling and Communication
  • Antipredator Adaptations
  • Life History Evolution
  • Sensory systems

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

I am module coordinator for BIO342 Sensory Ecology – the science of how animals use information in their lives. I also teach on BIO229 Tetrapod Evolution about the key innovations that have led to the success of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, and on zoology field courses.


• The role of species’ traits in long-distance dispersal to identify populations that may struggle to track our changing climate.
• The macro-evolution of animal weapons and ornaments.
• Animal camouflage evolution, mechanism and function.
• The role of interspecific signalling in primate evolution.