Matthew Silk
PhD researcher


My broad areas of interest are in evolutionary and behavioural ecology. My undergraduate projects involved looked at foraging ecology in shorebirds using conventional observational methods and dispersal in long-tailed tits using population genetics. I was also briefly involved in a research project at the University of Sussex looking at foraging behaviour and landscape use in honey bees. Currently my research is using social network analysis to look at the causes and consequences of non-random social structure in a fission-fusion social system, using a long-term study population of individually marked light-bellied brent geese (Branta bernicla hrota).

Broad research specialisms:

  • Behavioural Ecology
  • Social Network Analysis


BA Natural Sciences (Zoology), University of Cambridge

Contact details

Tel+44 (0) 1326 371852
AddressDaphne du Maurier Building
University of Exeter
Penryn Campus
TR10 9FE

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