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Athena SWAN silver award

Find out more about Athena SWAN in CLES Cornwall.


The Behaviour group at our Cornwall Campus focuses on understanding social, sexual and competitive behaviour, studying how behaviour evolved and its mechanistic basis. Research is both empirical and theoretical, utilising recent molecular and biochemical techniques experimental evolution studies in the lab and long-term field studies. We work on a wide range of species including insects, amphibians, birds and mammals, and run field research projects across the globe. Current research includes studies of cooperation, predator-prey interactions, information use and transmission, the ecology and biochemical basis of aging, parental care, selfish genes, life-history and developmental trade-offs, maternal effects, sexual selection and sexual conflict.

Research funding

Substantial research funding is present in the group from: