Green and black poison frog at our Panama field site

Green and black poison frog at our Panama field site

Dr Jon Blount
Associate Professor of Animal Ecophysiology/Director of Postgraduate Research


Broad research specialisms

My research focusses on studies of mechanism and function in animal ecology. I have three main interests: (1) behavioural and evolutionary ecology of animal signalling; (2) nutrition ecology; and (3) oxidative stress and the biology of ageing. Some of the work carried out in my group addresses these topics in isolation. For example, we study predator-prey interactions in relation to aposematic (warning) signals, mimicry and chemical defences. In other work we study the mechanistic basis of ageing. However, there are interesting linkages between animal signalling, nutrition and oxidative stress at the physiological level. As such, many of our current projects are highly integrative and include studies of behaviour and underlying biochemical and molecular mechanisms. Much of my work focuses on basic research, but I am also interested in how an understanding of mechanism and function can help tackle applied questions in conservation biology. I work on a broad range of species in the field and the lab. I am a member of the Behaviour research group.


1994 BSc (Hons) Rural Resources Management (University of Plymouth; First Class)
1998 MSc Ecology (University of Wales, Bangor; Distinction)
2002 PhD in Ecophysiology (University of Glasgow)

2011 Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice / Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


2015- Associate Professor - University of Exeter

2012-2014 Senior Lecturer - University of Exeter

2005-2012 Royal Society Research Fellow - University of Exeter

2004-2005 Royal Society Research Fellow - University of Glasgow

2002-2004 NERC-funded post-doc - University of Glasgow

1994-1997 Curator of Animals - Newquay Zoo


Office hours: I am available to meet students at the following times (no appointment necessary): Tuesdays 1-2pm; Fridays 9.30-10.30am


Contact details

Tel+44 (0) 1326 371877
AddressDaphne du Maurier Building
University of Exeter
Penryn Campus
TR10 9FE
OfficeDDM 3.040

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