Stephen White
PhD student


I am a PhD student in the biosciences department working under the supervision of Alastair Wilson. While my background is in marine biology I have been slowly moving over to behavioural ecology and evolution in recent years, with my masters thesis investigating the effect of copper exposure on fight behaviour and personality in hermit crabs. I did a 3 year stretch as a marine benthic taxonomist in consultancy between degrees before returning to academia.

I am interested in behavioural consistency (or ‘animal personality’), what effects its expression and how it became so prevalent across taxa despite the advantages of plasticity. I currently use statistical techniques to get at the underlying genetic variation and covariation of behavioural, physiological and life history traits in guppies to try to explain the evolution of behavioural consistency.

Broad research specialisms:

  • Evolutionary ecology
  • Animal Personality
  • Quantitative genetics


2008: BSc (Hons) Marine Biology, Bangor University
2012: MRes Marine biology, University of Plymouth

Contact details

AddressTremough House
University of Exeter
Penryn Campus
TR10 9FE

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