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Dr Sasha Dall FLS

Dr Sasha Dall FLS

Director of International & Development (CLES Cornwall)/Associate Professor of Mathematical Ecology

 +44 (0) 1326 371860

 Daphne du Maurier 3.061

 

Daphne du Maurier Building, University of Exeter,  Penryn Campus, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK

 Office hours:

I operate an open door policy after 12 noon most days during term time

Sasha with MSc students on a field course in Kenya

Sasha with MSc students on a field course in Kenya

Overview

The primary aim of my research is to explore how animals cope with the unexpected opportunities and dangers they face in their day-to-day lives. To this end, I study how animals collect and provide information to reduce uncertainty about significant events, or how they insure against it, along with evolutionary and ecological consequences of such risk management. Research in my group ranges from the development of explicit theoretical (mathematical and computational) models, through work on captive birds in aviaries (zebra finches, starlings) to work in the field with birds (pied flycatchers, barn swallows, red grouse, European shags, chestnut-crowned babblers) and mammals (badgers, lions, wolves, grey squirrels). I am a member of the Behaviour research group. I am also a (senior) Editor for Proceedings of the Royal Society of London - Biological Sciences.

Click here to listen to a piece I did for US Public Radio (The Academic Minute) about my work. Here is a podcast of me being interviewed by our students about some recent work.

 

Qualifications

1991 BSc (Bristol)
1996 PhD (Bristol)

Career

2017-now  Associate Professor of Mathematical Ecology, Biosciences, University of Exeter
2010-2017 Senior Lecturer in Mathematical Ecology, School of Biosciences, University of Exeter
2005-2009 Lecturer in Mathematical Ecology, School of Biosciences, University of Exeter
2000-2004 Research Associate (NERC, UK), Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, UK
1998-1999 Research Fellow (The Royal Society, UK), Mitrani Center for Desert Ecology, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
1997-1998 Research Fellow (NSF, USA), Department of Mathematics, Florida State University, USA
1996-1997 Temporary Lecturer in Behavioural Ecology, School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol UK

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Research group links

Research

Research interests

I am interested in how animals manage the unexpected dangers and opportunities they face in their lives. Broadly speaking, there are two main strategies for managing such uncertainty adaptively, be it when attempting to find food or mates, navigate, avoid predators or interact socially. Individuals can attempt to reduce it in a particular context by gathering or providing information, or they can attempt to minimise the impact of uncertainty by insuring themselves. Examples of the latter include: developing and maintaining a range of options to guarantee a back-up should the current situation deteriorate - being flexible or generalist; developing and maintaining buffers - like protective morphologies and energy reserves; or altering their local environment (niche construction).

Research projects

1. The evolution of personality differences.  In the last few years, I have been exploring the notion that consistent individual differences in behaviour (‘personality differences’) can be selected for either as a direct response to uncertainty (mostly social in origin), or as a consequence of responding adaptively to it. This involves investigating the theoretical issues explicitly with formal mathematical models and measuring personality differences in captive zebra finches in various social and sexual contexts. As well as having fundamental and applied ramifications, this work is proving of immense popular interest. Outstanding questions include: Why should individuals differ consistently within populations? Why should individuals link their responses to different biological demands, and which types of response should they link together? How stable should such consistency and linkages be over a life history?

2. Animal information use. I am exploring information (and - because they are inextricably linked - insurance) use in a range of contexts including sexual signalling (acoustic, plumage-based), social information use (and its consequences) and strategic body mass regulation. I am working extensively in this arena with a combination of theoretical modelling, philosophical debate and a field collaboration on barn swallows in the US (University of Colorado), UK (within Exeter) and Israel (Tel Aviv university).

3. Aggression and the risk of disease. I am exploring the impact of risk management on life history evolution and how this influences population dynamics and disease transmission. This is involving the development of specific theoretical models of animal behaviour under the risk of disease and how this behaviour influences population and disease dynamics. This theoretical development is closely coupled with field manipulations (in red grouse and badger populations in the UK) and the analysis of long term datasets.

 

 

Research networks

  • Olof Leimar (Stockholm University, Sweden)
  • Peter Hammerstein (Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany)
  • Simon Griffith (Macquarie University, Australia)
  • Andy Russell (University of Exeter)
  • Tim Coulson (University of Oxford)
  • John McNamara (University of Bristol)
  • Innes Cuthill (University of Bristol)
  • Steve Redpath (University of Aberdeen)
  • Dan Haydon (University of Glasgow)
  • Rufus Johnstone (University of Cambridge)
  • Tim Benton (University of Leeds)
  • David Sinn (University of Tasmania, Australia)
  • Andy Sih (University of California - Davis, USA)
  • Per Lundberg (University of Lund, Sweden)
  • Franck Cezilly (University of Dijon)
  • Luc-Alain Giraldeau (University of Quebec - Montreal, Canada)
  • Wolfgang Forstmeier (Max Planck Institute - Seewiesen, Germany)
  • Bruce Kendal (University of California - Santa Barbara, USA)
  • Jean-Guy Godin (Carleton University, Canada)
  • Daniel Rankin (University of Bern, Switzerland)
  • Stephen Votier (University of Exeter)
  • Toni Laaksonen (University of Turku, Finland)

 

Research grants

  • 2014 Royal Society
    Alternative life histories, risk and personality variation in wild zebra finches
  • 2014 Leverhulme Trust
    A Darwinian framework for phenotypically integrating genetic and epigenetic cues
  • 2011 European Social fund
    Group-foraging and information transfer in European shags Phalacrocorax aristotelis: Implications for seabird conservation
  • 2010 NSF
    The effects of ambient noise on song learning and mate choice in zebra finches
  • 2008 FERA
    Contact rates among badgers and implications for disease transmission
  • 2007 British Ecological Society (UK)
    Dung beetles: strategic ecosystem engineers
  • 2007 Natural Environment Research Council
    The impact of interacting processes on population dynamics
  • 2007 Basque Country Government
    Avian sexual plumage: does it maximise or optimise information content?
  • 2005 European Social fund
    Personality and sexual selection in zebra finches
  • 2002 Cambridge Philosophical Society
    Research Visit (University of Lausanne)
  • 2001 European Science Foundation
    Information and adaptive behaviour

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Publications

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


McNamara JM, Dall SRX, Hammerstein P, Leimar O (2016). Detection vs selection: integration of genetic, epigenetic and environmental cues in fluctuating environments. Ecology Letters, 19(10), 1267-1276. Full text.
Leimar O, Dall SRX, Hammerstein P, McNamara JM (2016). Genes as cues of relatedness and social evolution in heterogeneous environments. PLoS Computational Biology, 12(6), e1005006-e1005006. Full text.
Evans JC, Votier SC, Dall SRX (2016). Information use in colonial living. Biological Reviews, 91(3), 658-672. Abstract.
Dall SRX, McNamara JM, Leimar O (2015). Genes as cues: phenotypic integration of genetic and epigenetic information from a Darwinian perspective. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 30(6), 327-333. Abstract.
Mathot KJ, Dall SRX (2013). Metabolic rates can drive individual differences in information and insurance use under the risk of starvation. The American Naturalist, 182(5), 611-620. Abstract.
Dall SRX (2010). Managing risk, the perils of uncertainty. In Westneat DF, Fox CW (Eds.) Evolutionary Behavioral Ecology, Oxford University Press, 194-206.  Abstract.

Publications by category


Journal articles

Frankenhuis W, Nettle D, Dall SRX (2019). A case for environmental statistics of early life effects. Philosophical Transactions B: Biological Sciences Full text.
Evans JC, Dall SRX, Kight C (2019). Effects of ambient noise on zebra finch vigilance and foraging efficiency. PLoS ONE
Leimar O, Dall SRX, McNamara JM, Kuijper A, Hammerstein P (2018). Ecological genetic conflict: Genetic architecture can shift the balance between local adaptation and plasticity. American Naturalist Full text.
Caro T, Dall SRX (2018). Research kudos does not need a price tag. Nature, 553, 281-281.
Higginson AD, McNamara JM, Dall SRX (2017). Towards a behavioural ecology of obesity. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 40, e118-e118. Full text.
Vaquero-Alba I, McGowan A, Pincheira-Donoso D, Evans MR, Dall SRX (2016). A quantitative analysis of objective feather color assessment: measurements in the lab do not reflect true plumage color. Auk: a quarterly journal of ornithology, 133, 325-337. Full text.
McNamara JM, Dall SRX, Hammerstein P, Leimar O (2016). Detection vs selection: integration of genetic, epigenetic and environmental cues in fluctuating environments. Ecology Letters, 19(10), 1267-1276. Full text.
Thornton A, McAuliffe K, Dall SRX, Fernandez-Duque E, Garber PA, Young AJ (2016). Fundamental Problems with the Cooperative Breeding Hypothesis. A reply to Burkart & Van Schaik. Journal of Zoology, 299(2), 84-88. Full text.
Leimar O, Dall SRX, Hammerstein P, McNamara JM (2016). Genes as cues of relatedness and social evolution in heterogeneous environments. PLoS Computational Biology, 12(6), e1005006-e1005006. Full text.
Ioannou CC, Dall SRX (2016). Individuals that are consistent in risk-taking benefit during collective foraging. Scientific Reports, 6, 33991-33991. Full text.
Evans JC, Votier SC, Dall SRX (2016). Information use in colonial living. Biological Reviews, 91(3), 658-672. Abstract.
Brakes P, Dall SRX (2016). Marine mammal behavior: a review of conservation implications. Frontiers in Marine Science, 3, 87-87. Full text.
Evans JC, Dall SRX, Bolton M, Owen E, Votier SC (2016). Social foraging in European shags: GPS tracking reveals birds in neighbouring colonies have shared foraging grounds. Journal of Ornithology, 157(1), 23-32. Abstract.
Mesoudi A, Chang L, Dall SRX, Thornton A (2016). The evolution of individual and cultural variation in social learning. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 31(3), 215-225. Full text.
David M, Dall SRX (2016). Unravelling the philosophies underlying ‘animal personality’ studies: a brief reappraisal of the field. Ethology, 122(1), 1-9.
Schuett W, Koegl BB, Dall SRX, Laaksonen T (2015). Do pied flycatchers use personal or social information for replacement clutch decisions? a field experiment. Ethology, 121(7), 686-693. Abstract.
Dall SRX, McNamara JM, Leimar O (2015). Genes as cues: phenotypic integration of genetic and epigenetic information from a Darwinian perspective. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 30(6), 327-333. Abstract.
Dalesman S, Rendle A, Dall SRX (2015). Habitat stability, predation risk and ‘memory syndromes’. Scientific Reports, 5, 10538-10538. Abstract.  Full text.
Schuett W, Dall SRX, Kloesener MH, Baeumer J, Beinlich F, Eggers T (2015). Life-history trade-offs mediate ‘personality’ variation in two colour morphs of the pea aphid, Acyrthosiphon pisum. Journal of Animal Ecology, 84(1), 90-101.
Dall SRX, Griffith SC (2014). An empiricist guide to animal personality variation in ecology and evolution. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 2 Abstract.
Weber NL, Carter SP, Dall SRX, Delahay RJ, McDonald JL, Bearhop S, McDonald RA (2013). Badger social networks correlate with tuberculosis infection. Current Biology, 23(20), R915-R916. Abstract.
Weber N, Bearhop S, Dall SRX, Delahay RJ, McDonald RA, Carter SP (2013). Denning behaviour of the European badger (Meles meles) correlates with bovine tuberculosis infection status. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 67, 471-479. Abstract.
Schuett W, Dall SRX, Wilson AJ, Royle NJ (2013). Environmental transmission of a personality trait: Foster parent exploration behaviour predicts offspring exploration behaviour in zebra finches. Biology Letters, 9(4). Abstract.
Mathot KJ, Dall SRX (2013). Metabolic rates can drive individual differences in information and insurance use under the risk of starvation. The American Naturalist, 182(5), 611-620. Abstract.
David M, Auclair Y, Dall SRX, Cezilly F (2013). Pairing context determines condition-dependence of song rate in a monogamous passerine bird. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London: Biological Sciences, 280 Abstract.
Evans MR, Bithell M, Cornell SJ, Dall SRX, Diaz S, Emmott S, Ernande B, Grimm V, Hodgson DJ, Lewis SL, et al (2013). Predictive systems ecology. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London: Biological Sciences, 280(1771). Abstract.  Full text.
Evans MR, Bithell M, Cornell SJ, Dall SRX, Díaz S, Emmott S, Ernande B, Grimm V, Hodgson DJ, Lewis SL, et al (2013). Predictive systems ecology. Proceedings. Biological sciences / the Royal Society, 280(1771). Abstract.
Evans MR, Bithell M, Cornell SJ, Dall SRX, Díaz S, Emmott S, Ernande B, Grimm V, Hodgson DJ, Lewis SL, et al (2013). Predictive systems ecology. Proceedings. Biological sciences / the Royal Society, 280(1771). Abstract.
Dall SRX, Bell AM, Bolnick DI, Ratnieks FLW (2012). An evolutionary ecology of individual differences. Ecology Letters, 15(10), 1189-1198. Abstract.  Full text.
Baker CCM, Dall SRX, Rankin DJ (2012). Kin selection and the evolution of social information use in animal conflict. PLOS ONE, 7(2). Abstract.  Full text.
Drewe JA, Weber N, Carter SP, Bearhop S, Harrison XA, Dall SRX, McDonald RA, Delahay RJ (2012). Performance of proximity loggers in recording intra- and inter-species interactions: a laboratory and field-based validation study. PLoS One, 7(6). Abstract.  Full text.
Schuett W, Dall SRX, Baeumer J, Kloesener MH, Nakagawa S, Beinlich F, Eggers T (2011). 'Personality' variation in a clonal insect: the pea aphid, Acyrthosiphon pisum. DEV PSYCHOBIOL, 53(6), 631-640. Abstract.
Dall SRX (2011). Animal behaviour: evolution and mechanisms. ANIM BEHAV, 81
Schuett W, Godin JGJ, Dall SRX (2011). Do female zebra finches, Taeniopygia guttata, choose their mates based on their “personality”?. ETHOLOGY, 117, 908-917. Abstract.
Abbot P, Abe J, Alcock J, Alizon S, Alpedrinha JAC, Andersson M, Andre J-B, van Baalen M, Balloux F, Balshine S, et al (2011). Inclusive fitness theory and eusociality. Nature, 471(7339), E1-E4. Abstract.  Author URL.
Schuett W, Dall SRX, Royle NJ (2011). Pairs of zebra finches with similar “personalities” make better parents. ANIM BEHAV, 81, 609-618. Abstract.
McNamara JM, Dall SRX (2011). The evolution of unconditional strategies via the "multiplier effect". ECOLOGY LETTERS, 14, 237-243. Abstract.
Schuett W, Dall SRX (2010). Appearance, 'state' and behavior in male zebra finches, Taeniopygia guttata. JOURNAL OF ETHOLOGY, 28(2), 273-286. Abstract.
Sinn DL, Moltschaniwskyj NA, Wapstra E, Dall SRX (2010). Are behavioral syndromes invariant? Spatiotemporal variation in shy/bold behavior in squid. BEHAV ECOL SOCIOBIOL, 64(4), 693-702. Abstract.
Royle NJ, Schuett W, Dall SRX (2010). Behavioural consistency and the resolution of sexual conflict over parental care. BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY, 21, 1125-1130.
Dall SRX, Schmidt, KA, van Gils, JA (2010). Biological information in an ecological context. Oikos, 119(2), 201-202.
McNamara JM, Dall SRX (2010). Information is a fitness enhancing resource. OIKOS, 119(2), 231-236. Abstract.
Schuett W, Tregenza T, Dall SRX (2010). Sexual selection and animal personality. Biol Rev Camb Philos Soc, 85(2), 217-246. Abstract.  Author URL.
Schmidt KA, Dall SRX, Van Gils JA (2010). The ecology of information: an overview on the ecological significance of making informed decisions. OIKOS, 119(2), 304-316. Abstract.
McNamara JM, Stephens PA, SRX D, Houston AI (2009). Evolution of trust and trustworthiness: social awareness favours personality differences. P R SOC B, 276(1657), 605-613. Abstract.  Full text.
Dall SRX, Wright J (2009). Rich pickings near large communal roosts favor 'gang' foraging by juvenile common ravens, Corvus corax. PLOS ONE, 4(2). Abstract.  Full text.
Schuett W, SRX D (2009). Sex differences, social context and personality in zebra finches, Taeniopygia guttata. ANIM BEHAV, 77(5), 1041-1050. Abstract.
Dall SRX (2007). Behavioural Ecology: Niche Construction via Grooming and Extortion?. Current Biology, 17(11). Abstract.
Lessells CM, Bennett ATD, Birkhead TR, Colegrave N, Dall SRX, Harvey PH, Hatchwell B, Hosken DJ, Hunt J, Moore AJ, et al (2006). Debating sexual selection and mating strategies. SCIENCE, 312(5774), 689-690. Author URL.
Lessells CM, Bennett ATD, Birkhead TR, Colegrave N, Dall SRX, Harvey PH, Hatchwell B, Hosken DJ, Hunt J, Moore AJ, et al (2006). Debating sexual selection and mating strategies [2]. Science, 312(5774), 689-690.
Dall SRX, McNamara JM, Wedell N, Hosken DJ (2006). Debating sexual selection and mating strategies. Science, 312(5774), 689-697. Author URL.
Mcnamara, J.M. Wedell, N. Hosken, D.J. (2006). Debating sexual selection and mating strategies. Science, 312
Lessells CM, Bennett ATD, Birkhead TR, Colegrave N, Dall SRX, Harvey PH, Hatchwell B, Hosken DJ, Hunt J, Moore AJ, et al (2006). Debating sexual selection and mating strategies. Science, 312(5774), 689-697. Author URL.
Benton, T.G. Lundberg, P. Dall, S.R.X. (2006). Estimating individual contributions to population growth: evolutionary fitness in ecological time. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 273, 547-555.
Dall SRX (2006). Evolution: Mothers 'sign' their eggs where cuckoos lurk. Current Biology, 16(5). Abstract.
Coulson T, Benton TG, Lundberg P, SRX D, Kendall BE (2006). Putting evolutionary biology back in the ecological theatre: a demographic framework mapping genes to communities. EVOL ECOL RES, 8(7), 1155-1171. Abstract.
Dall SRX (2005). Defining the concept of public information. SCIENCE, 308(5720), 353-354. Author URL.
Dall SRX, Lotem A, Winkler DW, Bednekoff PA, Laland KN, Coolen I, Kendal R, Danchin E, Giraldeau LA, Valone TJ, et al (2005). Defining the concept of public information [2] (multiple letters). Science, 308(5720), 353-356.
Dall SRX, Wedell N (2005). Evolutionary conflict: sperm wars, phantom inseminations. Curr Biol, 15(19), R801-R803. Abstract.  Author URL.
Dall SRX, Wedell, N. (2005). Evolutionary conflict: sperm wars, phantom inseminations. Current Biology, 19, R801-803.
Dall SRX, Giraldeau LA, McNamara JM, Olsson O (2005). Information and its use by animals in evolutionary ecology. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 20(4), 187-193.
Dall SRX (2004). Behavioural biology: Fortune favours bold and shy personalities. Current Biology, 14(12). Abstract.
Dall SRX, Boyd IL (2004). Evolution of mammals: lactation helps mothers to cope with unreliable food supplies. Proceedings of the Royal Society B Biological Sciences, 271(1552), 2049-2057.
Dall SRX, Houston AI, McNamara JM (2004). The behavioural ecology of personality: consistent individual differences from an adaptive perspective. Ecology Letters, 7(8), 734-739.
Dall, S.R.X. (2002). Can information sharing explain recruitment to food from communal roosts?. Behavioral Ecology, 13: 42-51
Kotler BP, Brown JS, Dall SRX, Gresser S, Ganey D, Bouskila A (2002). Foraging games between gerbils and their predators: Temporal dynamics of resource depletion and apprehension in gerbils. Evolutionary Ecology Research, 4(4), 495-518. Abstract.
Johnstone RA, Dall SRX (2002). Information and adaptive behaviour - Introduction. PHILOSOPHICAL TRANSACTIONS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY B-BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, 357(1427), 1515-1518. Author URL.
Dall SRX, Johnstone RA (2002). Managing uncertainty: information and insurance under the risk of starvation. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B Biological Sciences, 357(1427), 1519-1526.
Johnstone RA, Dall SRX (2002). Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London Series B: Introduction. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 357(1427), 1515-1518.
Dall SRX, Boyd, I.L. (2002). Provisioning under the risk of starvation. Evolutionary Ecology Research, 4(6), 883-896.
Dall SRX, Kotler BP, Bouskila A (2001). Attention, 'apprehension' and gerbils searching in patches. Annales Zoologici Fennici, 38(1), 15-23. Abstract.
Dall SRX, McNamara JM, Cuthill IC (1999). Interruptions to foraging and learning in a changing environment. ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR, 57, 233-241. Author URL.
Dall SRX, Cuthill IC (1999). Mutation rates: Does complexity matter? [1]. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 198(2), 283-285.
Dall SRX, Witter, M.S. (1998). Feeding interruptions, diurnal mass change and daily routines of behaviour in the zebra finch. Animal Behaviour, 55: 715-725
Dall SRX (1997). Behaviour and speciation. TRENDS IN ECOLOGY & EVOLUTION, 12(6), 209-210. Author URL.
Dall SRX, Cuthill IC, Cook N, Morphet M (1997). Learning about food: Starlings, skinner boxes, and earthworms. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 67(2), 181-192. Abstract.
Dall SRX, Cuthill IC (1997). Searching in patches by European starlings, Sturnus vulgaris. Behavioural Processes, 39(2), 149-159. Abstract.
Dall SRX, Cuthill, I.C. (1997). The information costs of generalism. Oikos, 80: 197-202

Chapters

Dubois F, Heeb P, Dall SRX, Giraldeau LA (2017). Behavioral consequences of social parasitism. In Giraldeau LA, Heeb P, Kosfeld M (Eds.) Investors and Exploiters in Ecology and Economics: Principles and Applications, Cambridge, MA, USA: the MIT Press, 189-203.
King AJ, Kosfeld M, Dall SRX, Greiner B, Kameda T, Khalmetski K, Leninger W, Wedekind C, Winterhalder B (2017). Exploitative strategies: consequences for individual behavior, social structure, and design of social institutions. In Giraldeau LA, Heeb P, Kosfeld M (Eds.) Investors and Exploiters in Ecology and Economics: Principles and Applications, the MIT Press, 205-214.
Kight CR, McNamara JM, Stephens DW, Dall SRX (2013). COMMUNICATION AS INFORMATION USE: INSIGHTS FROM STATISTICAL DECISION THEORY. In Stegmann UE (Ed) Animal communication theory: Information and Influence, Cambridge University Press, 89-110.  Abstract.
Kight CR, David M, Dall SRX (2013). The Evolution of Animal Personality Variation. In Kehrer-Sawatzki H (Ed) Encyclopedia of Life Sciences, John Wiley & Sons Ltd.  Abstract.
Dall SRX, Gosling SD, Brown GD, Dingemanse N, Erev I, Kocher M, Schulz L, Todd PM, Weissing FJ, Wolf M, et al (2012). Variation in Decision Making. In Hammerstein P, Stevens JR (Eds.) Evolution and the Mechanisms of Decision Making, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 243-272.  Abstract.  Full text.
Dall SRX (2010). Managing risk, the perils of uncertainty. In Westneat DF, Fox CW (Eds.) Evolutionary Behavioral Ecology, Oxford University Press, 194-206.  Abstract.
Morand-Ferron J, Doligez B, Dall SRX, Reader SM (2010). Social information use. In Breed M, Moore J (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior, Oxford: Academic Press, 242-250.  Abstract.
Mitchell WA, Kotler BP, Brown JS, Blaustein L, Dall SRX (2005). Species diversity in relation to habitat structure, environmental variability, and species interactions. In Shachak M, Pickett STA, Gosz JR, Perevolosky A (Eds.) Biodiversity in drylands – towards a unified framework, Oxford University Press, 57-69.
Polis GA, Ayal Y, Bachi A, Dall SRX, Goldberg D, Holt R, Kark SW, Kotler BP, Mitchell WA (2005). Unified Framework I: Interspecific interactions and species diversity in drylands. In Shachak M, Pickett STA, Gosz JR, Perevolosky A (Eds.) Biodiversity in drylands – towards a unified framework, Oxford University Press, 122-151.
Dall SRX (2004). Behaving adaptively: optimization and evolutionary game theory. In Beckoff M (Ed) Encyclopedia of Animal Behaviour, Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior, 970-979.

Conferences

Dall SRX, Johnstone RA (2002). Managing uncertainty: Information and insurance under the risk of starvation.  Abstract.

Publications by year


2019

Frankenhuis W, Nettle D, Dall SRX (2019). A case for environmental statistics of early life effects. Philosophical Transactions B: Biological Sciences Full text.
Evans JC, Dall SRX, Kight C (2019). Effects of ambient noise on zebra finch vigilance and foraging efficiency. PLoS ONE

2018

Leimar O, Dall SRX, McNamara JM, Kuijper A, Hammerstein P (2018). Ecological genetic conflict: Genetic architecture can shift the balance between local adaptation and plasticity. American Naturalist Full text.
Caro T, Dall SRX (2018). Research kudos does not need a price tag. Nature, 553, 281-281.

2017

Dubois F, Heeb P, Dall SRX, Giraldeau LA (2017). Behavioral consequences of social parasitism. In Giraldeau LA, Heeb P, Kosfeld M (Eds.) Investors and Exploiters in Ecology and Economics: Principles and Applications, Cambridge, MA, USA: the MIT Press, 189-203.
King AJ, Kosfeld M, Dall SRX, Greiner B, Kameda T, Khalmetski K, Leninger W, Wedekind C, Winterhalder B (2017). Exploitative strategies: consequences for individual behavior, social structure, and design of social institutions. In Giraldeau LA, Heeb P, Kosfeld M (Eds.) Investors and Exploiters in Ecology and Economics: Principles and Applications, the MIT Press, 205-214.
Higginson AD, McNamara JM, Dall SRX (2017). Towards a behavioural ecology of obesity. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 40, e118-e118. Full text.

2016

Vaquero-Alba I, McGowan A, Pincheira-Donoso D, Evans MR, Dall SRX (2016). A quantitative analysis of objective feather color assessment: measurements in the lab do not reflect true plumage color. Auk: a quarterly journal of ornithology, 133, 325-337. Full text.
McNamara JM, Dall SRX, Hammerstein P, Leimar O (2016). Detection vs selection: integration of genetic, epigenetic and environmental cues in fluctuating environments. Ecology Letters, 19(10), 1267-1276. Full text.
Thornton A, McAuliffe K, Dall SRX, Fernandez-Duque E, Garber PA, Young AJ (2016). Fundamental Problems with the Cooperative Breeding Hypothesis. A reply to Burkart & Van Schaik. Journal of Zoology, 299(2), 84-88. Full text.
Leimar O, Dall SRX, Hammerstein P, McNamara JM (2016). Genes as cues of relatedness and social evolution in heterogeneous environments. PLoS Computational Biology, 12(6), e1005006-e1005006. Full text.
Ioannou CC, Dall SRX (2016). Individuals that are consistent in risk-taking benefit during collective foraging. Scientific Reports, 6, 33991-33991. Full text.
Evans JC, Votier SC, Dall SRX (2016). Information use in colonial living. Biological Reviews, 91(3), 658-672. Abstract.
Brakes P, Dall SRX (2016). Marine mammal behavior: a review of conservation implications. Frontiers in Marine Science, 3, 87-87. Full text.
Evans JC, Dall SRX, Bolton M, Owen E, Votier SC (2016). Social foraging in European shags: GPS tracking reveals birds in neighbouring colonies have shared foraging grounds. Journal of Ornithology, 157(1), 23-32. Abstract.
Mesoudi A, Chang L, Dall SRX, Thornton A (2016). The evolution of individual and cultural variation in social learning. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 31(3), 215-225. Full text.
David M, Dall SRX (2016). Unravelling the philosophies underlying ‘animal personality’ studies: a brief reappraisal of the field. Ethology, 122(1), 1-9.

2015

Schuett W, Koegl BB, Dall SRX, Laaksonen T (2015). Do pied flycatchers use personal or social information for replacement clutch decisions? a field experiment. Ethology, 121(7), 686-693. Abstract.
Dall SRX, McNamara JM, Leimar O (2015). Genes as cues: phenotypic integration of genetic and epigenetic information from a Darwinian perspective. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 30(6), 327-333. Abstract.
Dalesman S, Rendle A, Dall SRX (2015). Habitat stability, predation risk and ‘memory syndromes’. Scientific Reports, 5, 10538-10538. Abstract.  Full text.
Schuett W, Dall SRX, Kloesener MH, Baeumer J, Beinlich F, Eggers T (2015). Life-history trade-offs mediate ‘personality’ variation in two colour morphs of the pea aphid, Acyrthosiphon pisum. Journal of Animal Ecology, 84(1), 90-101.

2014

Dall SRX, Griffith SC (2014). An empiricist guide to animal personality variation in ecology and evolution. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 2 Abstract.

2013

Weber NL, Carter SP, Dall SRX, Delahay RJ, McDonald JL, Bearhop S, McDonald RA (2013). Badger social networks correlate with tuberculosis infection. Current Biology, 23(20), R915-R916. Abstract.
Kight CR, McNamara JM, Stephens DW, Dall SRX (2013). COMMUNICATION AS INFORMATION USE: INSIGHTS FROM STATISTICAL DECISION THEORY. In Stegmann UE (Ed) Animal communication theory: Information and Influence, Cambridge University Press, 89-110.  Abstract.
Weber N, Bearhop S, Dall SRX, Delahay RJ, McDonald RA, Carter SP (2013). Denning behaviour of the European badger (Meles meles) correlates with bovine tuberculosis infection status. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 67, 471-479. Abstract.
Schuett W, Dall SRX, Wilson AJ, Royle NJ (2013). Environmental transmission of a personality trait: Foster parent exploration behaviour predicts offspring exploration behaviour in zebra finches. Biology Letters, 9(4). Abstract.
Mathot KJ, Dall SRX (2013). Metabolic rates can drive individual differences in information and insurance use under the risk of starvation. The American Naturalist, 182(5), 611-620. Abstract.
David M, Auclair Y, Dall SRX, Cezilly F (2013). Pairing context determines condition-dependence of song rate in a monogamous passerine bird. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London: Biological Sciences, 280 Abstract.
Evans MR, Bithell M, Cornell SJ, Dall SRX, Diaz S, Emmott S, Ernande B, Grimm V, Hodgson DJ, Lewis SL, et al (2013). Predictive systems ecology. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London: Biological Sciences, 280(1771). Abstract.  Full text.
Evans MR, Bithell M, Cornell SJ, Dall SRX, Díaz S, Emmott S, Ernande B, Grimm V, Hodgson DJ, Lewis SL, et al (2013). Predictive systems ecology. Proceedings. Biological sciences / the Royal Society, 280(1771). Abstract.
Evans MR, Bithell M, Cornell SJ, Dall SRX, Díaz S, Emmott S, Ernande B, Grimm V, Hodgson DJ, Lewis SL, et al (2013). Predictive systems ecology. Proceedings. Biological sciences / the Royal Society, 280(1771). Abstract.
Kight CR, David M, Dall SRX (2013). The Evolution of Animal Personality Variation. In Kehrer-Sawatzki H (Ed) Encyclopedia of Life Sciences, John Wiley & Sons Ltd.  Abstract.

2012

Dall SRX, Bell AM, Bolnick DI, Ratnieks FLW (2012). An evolutionary ecology of individual differences. Ecology Letters, 15(10), 1189-1198. Abstract.  Full text.
Baker CCM, Dall SRX, Rankin DJ (2012). Kin selection and the evolution of social information use in animal conflict. PLOS ONE, 7(2). Abstract.  Full text.
Drewe JA, Weber N, Carter SP, Bearhop S, Harrison XA, Dall SRX, McDonald RA, Delahay RJ (2012). Performance of proximity loggers in recording intra- and inter-species interactions: a laboratory and field-based validation study. PLoS One, 7(6). Abstract.  Full text.
Dall SRX, Gosling SD, Brown GD, Dingemanse N, Erev I, Kocher M, Schulz L, Todd PM, Weissing FJ, Wolf M, et al (2012). Variation in Decision Making. In Hammerstein P, Stevens JR (Eds.) Evolution and the Mechanisms of Decision Making, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 243-272.  Abstract.  Full text.

2011

Schuett W, Dall SRX, Baeumer J, Kloesener MH, Nakagawa S, Beinlich F, Eggers T (2011). 'Personality' variation in a clonal insect: the pea aphid, Acyrthosiphon pisum. DEV PSYCHOBIOL, 53(6), 631-640. Abstract.
Dall SRX (2011). Animal behaviour: evolution and mechanisms. ANIM BEHAV, 81
Schuett W, Godin JGJ, Dall SRX (2011). Do female zebra finches, Taeniopygia guttata, choose their mates based on their “personality”?. ETHOLOGY, 117, 908-917. Abstract.
Abbot P, Abe J, Alcock J, Alizon S, Alpedrinha JAC, Andersson M, Andre J-B, van Baalen M, Balloux F, Balshine S, et al (2011). Inclusive fitness theory and eusociality. Nature, 471(7339), E1-E4. Abstract.  Author URL.
Schuett W, Dall SRX, Royle NJ (2011). Pairs of zebra finches with similar “personalities” make better parents. ANIM BEHAV, 81, 609-618. Abstract.
McNamara JM, Dall SRX (2011). The evolution of unconditional strategies via the "multiplier effect". ECOLOGY LETTERS, 14, 237-243. Abstract.

2010

Schuett W, Dall SRX (2010). Appearance, 'state' and behavior in male zebra finches, Taeniopygia guttata. JOURNAL OF ETHOLOGY, 28(2), 273-286. Abstract.
Sinn DL, Moltschaniwskyj NA, Wapstra E, Dall SRX (2010). Are behavioral syndromes invariant? Spatiotemporal variation in shy/bold behavior in squid. BEHAV ECOL SOCIOBIOL, 64(4), 693-702. Abstract.
Royle NJ, Schuett W, Dall SRX (2010). Behavioural consistency and the resolution of sexual conflict over parental care. BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY, 21, 1125-1130.
Dall SRX, Schmidt, KA, van Gils, JA (2010). Biological information in an ecological context. Oikos, 119(2), 201-202.
McNamara JM, Dall SRX (2010). Information is a fitness enhancing resource. OIKOS, 119(2), 231-236. Abstract.
Dall SRX (2010). Managing risk, the perils of uncertainty. In Westneat DF, Fox CW (Eds.) Evolutionary Behavioral Ecology, Oxford University Press, 194-206.  Abstract.
Schuett W, Tregenza T, Dall SRX (2010). Sexual selection and animal personality. Biol Rev Camb Philos Soc, 85(2), 217-246. Abstract.  Author URL.
Morand-Ferron J, Doligez B, Dall SRX, Reader SM (2010). Social information use. In Breed M, Moore J (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior, Oxford: Academic Press, 242-250.  Abstract.
Schmidt KA, Dall SRX, Van Gils JA (2010). The ecology of information: an overview on the ecological significance of making informed decisions. OIKOS, 119(2), 304-316. Abstract.

2009

McNamara JM, Stephens PA, SRX D, Houston AI (2009). Evolution of trust and trustworthiness: social awareness favours personality differences. P R SOC B, 276(1657), 605-613. Abstract.  Full text.
Dall SRX, Wright J (2009). Rich pickings near large communal roosts favor 'gang' foraging by juvenile common ravens, Corvus corax. PLOS ONE, 4(2). Abstract.  Full text.
Schuett W, SRX D (2009). Sex differences, social context and personality in zebra finches, Taeniopygia guttata. ANIM BEHAV, 77(5), 1041-1050. Abstract.

2007

Dall SRX (2007). Behavioural Ecology: Niche Construction via Grooming and Extortion?. Current Biology, 17(11). Abstract.

2006

Lessells CM, Bennett ATD, Birkhead TR, Colegrave N, Dall SRX, Harvey PH, Hatchwell B, Hosken DJ, Hunt J, Moore AJ, et al (2006). Debating sexual selection and mating strategies. SCIENCE, 312(5774), 689-690. Author URL.
Lessells CM, Bennett ATD, Birkhead TR, Colegrave N, Dall SRX, Harvey PH, Hatchwell B, Hosken DJ, Hunt J, Moore AJ, et al (2006). Debating sexual selection and mating strategies [2]. Science, 312(5774), 689-690.
Dall SRX, McNamara JM, Wedell N, Hosken DJ (2006). Debating sexual selection and mating strategies. Science, 312(5774), 689-697. Author URL.
Mcnamara, J.M. Wedell, N. Hosken, D.J. (2006). Debating sexual selection and mating strategies. Science, 312
Lessells CM, Bennett ATD, Birkhead TR, Colegrave N, Dall SRX, Harvey PH, Hatchwell B, Hosken DJ, Hunt J, Moore AJ, et al (2006). Debating sexual selection and mating strategies. Science, 312(5774), 689-697. Author URL.
Benton, T.G. Lundberg, P. Dall, S.R.X. (2006). Estimating individual contributions to population growth: evolutionary fitness in ecological time. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 273, 547-555.
Dall SRX (2006). Evolution: Mothers 'sign' their eggs where cuckoos lurk. Current Biology, 16(5). Abstract.
Coulson T, Benton TG, Lundberg P, SRX D, Kendall BE (2006). Putting evolutionary biology back in the ecological theatre: a demographic framework mapping genes to communities. EVOL ECOL RES, 8(7), 1155-1171. Abstract.

2005

Dall SRX (2005). Defining the concept of public information. SCIENCE, 308(5720), 353-354. Author URL.
Dall SRX, Lotem A, Winkler DW, Bednekoff PA, Laland KN, Coolen I, Kendal R, Danchin E, Giraldeau LA, Valone TJ, et al (2005). Defining the concept of public information [2] (multiple letters). Science, 308(5720), 353-356.
Dall SRX, Wedell N (2005). Evolutionary conflict: sperm wars, phantom inseminations. Curr Biol, 15(19), R801-R803. Abstract.  Author URL.
Dall SRX, Wedell, N. (2005). Evolutionary conflict: sperm wars, phantom inseminations. Current Biology, 19, R801-803.
Dall SRX, Giraldeau LA, McNamara JM, Olsson O (2005). Information and its use by animals in evolutionary ecology. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 20(4), 187-193.
Mitchell WA, Kotler BP, Brown JS, Blaustein L, Dall SRX (2005). Species diversity in relation to habitat structure, environmental variability, and species interactions. In Shachak M, Pickett STA, Gosz JR, Perevolosky A (Eds.) Biodiversity in drylands – towards a unified framework, Oxford University Press, 57-69.
Polis GA, Ayal Y, Bachi A, Dall SRX, Goldberg D, Holt R, Kark SW, Kotler BP, Mitchell WA (2005). Unified Framework I: Interspecific interactions and species diversity in drylands. In Shachak M, Pickett STA, Gosz JR, Perevolosky A (Eds.) Biodiversity in drylands – towards a unified framework, Oxford University Press, 122-151.

2004

Dall SRX (2004). Behaving adaptively: optimization and evolutionary game theory. In Beckoff M (Ed) Encyclopedia of Animal Behaviour, Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior, 970-979.
Dall SRX (2004). Behavioural biology: Fortune favours bold and shy personalities. Current Biology, 14(12). Abstract.
Dall SRX, Boyd IL (2004). Evolution of mammals: lactation helps mothers to cope with unreliable food supplies. Proceedings of the Royal Society B Biological Sciences, 271(1552), 2049-2057.
Dall SRX, Houston AI, McNamara JM (2004). The behavioural ecology of personality: consistent individual differences from an adaptive perspective. Ecology Letters, 7(8), 734-739.

2002

Dall, S.R.X. (2002). Can information sharing explain recruitment to food from communal roosts?. Behavioral Ecology, 13: 42-51
Kotler BP, Brown JS, Dall SRX, Gresser S, Ganey D, Bouskila A (2002). Foraging games between gerbils and their predators: Temporal dynamics of resource depletion and apprehension in gerbils. Evolutionary Ecology Research, 4(4), 495-518. Abstract.
Johnstone RA, Dall SRX (2002). Information and adaptive behaviour - Introduction. PHILOSOPHICAL TRANSACTIONS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY B-BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, 357(1427), 1515-1518. Author URL.
Dall SRX, Johnstone RA (2002). Managing uncertainty: Information and insurance under the risk of starvation.  Abstract.
Dall SRX, Johnstone RA (2002). Managing uncertainty: information and insurance under the risk of starvation. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B Biological Sciences, 357(1427), 1519-1526.
Johnstone RA, Dall SRX (2002). Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London Series B: Introduction. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 357(1427), 1515-1518.
Dall SRX, Boyd, I.L. (2002). Provisioning under the risk of starvation. Evolutionary Ecology Research, 4(6), 883-896.

2001

Dall SRX, Kotler BP, Bouskila A (2001). Attention, 'apprehension' and gerbils searching in patches. Annales Zoologici Fennici, 38(1), 15-23. Abstract.

1999

Dall SRX, McNamara JM, Cuthill IC (1999). Interruptions to foraging and learning in a changing environment. ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR, 57, 233-241. Author URL.
Dall SRX, Cuthill IC (1999). Mutation rates: Does complexity matter? [1]. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 198(2), 283-285.

1998

Dall SRX, Witter, M.S. (1998). Feeding interruptions, diurnal mass change and daily routines of behaviour in the zebra finch. Animal Behaviour, 55: 715-725

1997

Dall SRX (1997). Behaviour and speciation. TRENDS IN ECOLOGY & EVOLUTION, 12(6), 209-210. Author URL.
Dall SRX, Cuthill IC, Cook N, Morphet M (1997). Learning about food: Starlings, skinner boxes, and earthworms. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 67(2), 181-192. Abstract.
Dall SRX, Cuthill IC (1997). Searching in patches by European starlings, Sturnus vulgaris. Behavioural Processes, 39(2), 149-159. Abstract.
Dall SRX, Cuthill, I.C. (1997). The information costs of generalism. Oikos, 80: 197-202

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External Engagment and Impact

Awards/Honorary fellowships

2013:​ elected Fellow of the Linnean Society of London

2000: elected Fellow of the Cambridge Philosophical Society

2000-2001: Complimentary Visiting Scholar, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Rice University, USA

1999: Visiting Research Fellow, School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol, UK

1999: Visiting Research Fellow, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Essex, UK

1997: Royal Society Overseas Fellowship


Committee/panel activities

2017-2019: International Exchanges Committee of The Royal Society (UK).

2015-       : Convention on Migratory Species Expert Working Group on Culture and Social Complexity.

2014-2016: Chair of the Organising Committee of ISBE 2016 (16th Biennial Congress of the International Society for Behavioral Ecology), Streatham Campus, University of Exeter.

2014-2018: Member of Council for the International Society for Behavioral Ecology.

2012-2015: The Secretary of the Media & Policy Committee of the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour.

2011-2015: Subject External Examiner, BSc (Hons) Environmental Resource Management, University of Plymouth Partner Colleges (Cornwall College), University of Plymouth.

2011-2012: Ordinary Member of Council for the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour.

2009-2014: Coordinator, Exeter Behavioural and Sensory Ecology (ExBASE) research network: a cross-discipline (Biosciences, Psychology, Maths, Economics, Physics) network of researchers interested in behaviour.

2009-2012: PhD committee of Alecia Carter: joint Institute of Zoology/Australian National University student with Guy Cowlinshaw and Rob Heinsohn. Project: personality and sociality in chacma baboons.

2007-2010: International Panel Member to Comitée de These UMR CNRS 5561 Biogéosciences, Université de Bourgogne, France.


Editorial responsibilities

Editor for: Proceedings of the Royal Society - Biological Sciences (2015 - ongoing), Integrative Zoology (2015 - ongoing), Advances in Evolutionary Biology (2013 - ongoing), The Open Ecology Journal (2007 - 2012) 
Associate Editor for: Frontiers in Behavioral and Evolutionary Ecology (2013 - ongoing), Proceedings of the Royal Society - Biological Sciences (2010 - 2015), Behavioural Processes (2005 - 2012)
Consulting Editor for: Animal Behaviour (2005 - 2008)
I have edited special issues of: Oikos, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society: Biological Sciences

Regular reviewer for major international journals: Science, Current Biology, Ecology Letters, Ecology, Proc Roy Soc B, TrEE, American Naturalist, Evolution, Phil Trans Roy Soc B etc
Book reviewer for major academic publishers: Oxford Univ Press, Stanford Univ Press, Cambridge Univ Press etc
Reviewer of grant applications to national and international funding bodies: European Research Council - EU, NERC - UK, BBSRC - UK, The Royal Society - UK, NSF - USA, NSERC - Canada, BSF - Israel/USA, NWO - The Netherlands, SNF - Swtizerland, ANF - France, The Leakey Foundation - USA, The Wellcome Trust - UK


Invited lectures

2018 - CMS Workshop on Conservation Implications of Animal Culture and Social Complexity, Parma, Italy.

2018 - “Lookahead Optimization in Artificial and Natural Systems” Working Group, Santa Fe Institute, NM USA.

2017 - Migration Workshop (European Research Council funded), St Michael’s Hotel, Falmouth, UK.

2015 - Ernst Strungmann Forum, Evolutionary and Economic Strategies for Benefitting from Other Agents Investments, Frankfurt, Germany.

2015 - European Meeting of PhD Students in Evolutionary Biology (EMPSEB), Stirling, UK. (Plenary Speaker)

2015 - Conference Universitaire de Suisse Occidentale (CUSO), The costs and benefits of information acquisition and use in social interactions, DPEE workshop, Arolla, Switzerland (Plenary Speaker).

2015 - CTW: Evolutionary Game Theory workshop, Mathematical Biosciences Institute, Ohio State University, USA.

2013 - Sexual selection studies Catalysis Group Meeting, National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, Duke University, USA.

2013 - Adaptive Behavioural Variation Symposium, Behaviour 2013 (joint ASAB, International Ethology Conference), Newcastle/Gateshead, UK.

​2013 - Ethologische Gesellschaft (German Ethological Society) 2013, Bielefeld, Germany (Plenary Speaker).

2012 - Evolutionary Personality Psychology Symposium, 16th European Conference on Personality, Trieste, Italy.

2011 - Intraspecific variation in behaviour: functions and proximate explanations Symposium, Society for Experimental Biology 2011 Annual Main Meeting, Glasgow, UK.

2011 - Ernst Strungmann Forum Evolving mechanisms of decision making: toward a Darwinian decision theory, Frankfurt, Germany. (Rapporteur)

2010 - Operational Adaptation Conference, US Office of Naval Research Global-University of Edinburgh, UK.

2010 - Animal Personality Symposium, University of Bielefeld, Germany.

2009 - Evoluion of Personality in Wild Animals Workshop, University of Oxford, UK.

2009 - Evolutionary Biology: Evolution 150 British Council-CSIC Workshop, Cuenca, Spain.

2008 - ​Social Information Use GRECA Workshop, Universite de Quebec a Montreal, Canada.

2008 - 2nd Avian Personality Workshop, Max-Planck Research Centre for Ornithology, Seewiesen, Germany.

2007 - Origins and Evolution of Chemoreception Catalysis Group Meeting, National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, Duke University, USA.

2003 - ASAB Summer Meeting 2003, Konrad Lorenz Research Institute, Austria ​(Plenary Speaker).

2003 - Bayesian Foraging Symposium, Lund University, Sweden.

2002 - Stellar Sea Lion Workshop, Seattle, WA, USA.

​2002 - ​Deception Evolving symposium, VI International Congress of Systematic and Evolutionary Biology, Patras, Greece.

Since 2001 I have been invited to present my work at the following institutions: Swansea University, Oxford University, Australian National University, University of Melbourne, University of Bergen, Universite Toulouse III Paul Sabatier, Macquarie University, University of New South Wales, Stanford University, UCLA, California State University - Long Beach, Princeton University, Yale University, Columbia University, Boston University, Mainz University, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna (Konrad Lorenz Insitute of Ethology), University of Bristol (Psychology), University of Edinburgh, University of Lincoln, Netherlands Institute of Ecology, Indian Institute of Science, Purdue University, Ohio State University, University of Cape Town, University of Osnabrueck, University of Plymouth, University of Exeter - CEC, University of Exeter - Psychology, Universite de Quebec a Montreal, Cafe Scientifique (Exeter, Falmouth, St Ives), University of Aberystwyth, Trinity College Dublin, University College London, University of Valencia, University of Bern, Zoological Society of London, Imperial College London - Silwood Park, University of Bath, University of Sheffield, UC Santa Cruz (in 2004, 2015), UC Davis (in 2004, 2015), Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, University of Liverpool, University of Cambridge, University of St Andrews, University of Lausanne (in 2003, 2012), British Trust for Ornithology, University of Bristol (Biological Sciences), Rice University.


Media Coverage

I am regularly interviewed and consulted by popular media organisations around the world (e.g. Daily Mail, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 2, Channel 5, New York Times, Boston Globe, Sky TV, ITV, Jack Magazine, CBC TV) and my work has been covered by a wide range of scientific media (BBC Wildlife Magazine, Discover Magazine, New Scientist, NERC Planet Earth, CNN.com, ScienceDaily.com, AudubonMagazine.org, TheMoneyTimes.com, Breitbart.com)

Our work in the news: We developed an innovative mathematical model for exploring why some individuals evolve to be genetically programmed to be nice, while others stay nasty; Covered by over 450 news outlets around the world, including: Glamour Magazine, Mail On Sunday, Malaysia Sun, Knoxville Times, The Huffington Post, MSN South Africa, Wired and Science 2.0 . ​We show that pea aphids that are subject to more severe trade-offs between growth and mortality (i.e. from non-cryptic red clones rather than cryptic green clones) do best if they consistently take or avoid risks than if they vary in how they respond to ladybird predators; Covered by ScienceDaily and SciGuru. We show that badgers infected with bovine TB are less socially connected within their social groups but are more connected to badgers from other social groups than non-infected badgers; Covered by the BBC, The London Evening Standard and The Daily Express. We show that variation in metabolic rates among individuals within populations can explain dramatic differences in information use when it comes to food; Covered by Medical News Today and Europe Nouvelles. We show that, in zebra finches, "personality" differences are mainly inherited non-genetically; Covered by The Daily Mail and The Australian. We show that male zebra finch song rate may give strange females a false impression of the male's condition but his partner cannot be fooled in this way; Covered by The Conversation, France 24, TV5 Monde and in a Science Update Radio (AAS) podcast. We show for the first time that the non-sexual "personalities" of both males and females can influence mate choice in non-humans (zebra finches); Covered by The Telegraph, Metro and Australian Geographic. In zebra finch families, personality matters - couples with similar habits make better parents, regardless of genetic make-up; Covered by BBC Wildlife and NERC PlanetEarth. Blindly copying what your parents did – no matter how stupid it may seem – could be the best strategy for the long-term success of your genes; Covered by ScienceDaily. Males show more pronounced personalities than females in a wide range of species; Covered by Marie Claire, NERC PlanetEarth, The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail. Evolutionary feedback between social information use and individual variation drives cooperative personalities; Covered by NERC Planet Earth. Game theory predicts the bizarre behaviour of a group of ravens; Covered by CNN, Discover Magazine, Audubon Magazine and Breitbart.


Workshops/Conferences organised

2016 - I organised ISBE 2016 (the 16th Congress of the International Society for Behavioral Ecology) held at the University of Exeter, Streatham Campus.

2009 - I organised the 2009 Winter Conference of the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (held at Zoological Society of London). Theme: Individual specialisation.

2007 - I organised (with Tom Tregenza and Nina Wedell) the 2007 Easter (student) Conference of the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour at the University of Exeter, Cornwall Campus.

2001 - I organised (with Rufus Johnstone, University of Cambridge) the Information and adaptive behaviour symposium at the 8th Congress of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology, Aarhus, Denmark (supported by ESF funding)

Teaching

I am the Director of International & Development for College of Life & Environmental Sciences - Penryn.

I coordinate and teach on the following modules:

Year 1
GEO1410 Introduction to Human Sciences

Year 3
BIO3128 Ecology of Information Use

MSc
BIOM4019 Behavioural Ecology Africa Field Course

Modules

2018/19


Supervision / Group

Postgraduate researchers

  • Philippa Brakes - Significance of social complexity and culture for cetacean conservation management
  • Ellie Bushnell (with Chris Bass) - The genetic basis of adaptive behavioural traits in a global aphid crop pest
  • Anika Immer (with Simon Griffith) - Alternative life histories, risk and personality variation in wild zebra finches
  • Kristin Thompson - Comparing personality variation and associated life-history traits of the eastern grey squirrel across an urbanisation gradient

Alumni

  • Claire Asher (MSc 2009): PhD at University of Leeds
  • Alecia Carter (PhD 2011): postdoc at University of Cambridge
  • Matthew Creasey
  • Morgan David (Bettencourt-Schueller Foundation Research Fellow): Founder and director of Analytica
  • Jonathan England (MSc 2011): PhD at University of Wales, Bangor
  • Julian Evans (PhD 2016) Postdoc at University of Zurich
  • Caitlin Kight (NSF Fellow 2010-12): Marketing/Communications Manager - University of Exeter
  • Jesus Martinez-Padilla (NERC PDRA 2008-11): Research Fellow at Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales (CSIC), Spain
  • Wayne Rostant (MSc 2009): postdoc at UEA
  • Wiebke Schuett (PhD 2009): postdoc at University of Hamburg
  • Katy Scott (MSc 2010): PhD with Mike Cant
  • Iker Vaquero-Alba (PhD 2011)
  • Nicola Weber (Reed) (PhD 2011): Darwin Research Fellow at Ascension Island Government/ University of Exeter
  • Wendi Wolfram (PhD 2013): faculty at Hardin-Simmons University
  • Mo Zeineddine (NERC PDRA 2008-11)

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