Dr Laura Kelley
Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow
Daphne du Maurier 3038
Daphne du Maurier Building, University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK
Office hours: Office hours: Monday 2-3pm, Friday 2-3pm
Office hours: Monday 2-3pm, Friday 2-3pm
I am interested in how animals experience the world, and my research focuses on animal perception, cognition and behaviour. For up to date information, please visit my website www.laurakelleyresearch.com.
My research uses birds, insects and humans to ask questions about the production and perception of visual and acoustic signals. My current research investigates how animals can exploit sensory systems by creating visual illusions in mate choice and predator-prey interactions.
I am also a member of the Behaviour research group.
2010: PhD University of Edinburgh,
2003: BSc (Hons) Zoology, University of Edinburgh
2017: Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow
2016: Lecturer in animal perception and behaviour, University of Exeter, UK
2013-2015: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow, University of Cambridge, UK
2012-2013: Senior Lecturer, Anglia Ruskin University, UK
2010-2012: Research Fellow, Deakin University, Australia
Production and perception of animal signals
My research broadly focuses on how animals use their senses to interpret the world and how this shapes the production, perception and evolution of signals. I am interested in how sensory systems process information and the role of the brain in perception. My current research investigates how animals can exploit sensory systems in mate choice and predator-prey interactions, focusing on birds, insects and humans.
Current topics of research include:
- The perception of visual illusions created by animals in nature
- Examining the behavioural and cognitive basis of a forced perspective illusion created by bowerbirds
- The evolution of anti-predator patterning during movement
2013-2015: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship
Publications by category
Publications by year
External Engagement and Impact
Invited seminars: Univeristy of Vienna (2018), Christopher Barnard for Outstanding Contributions by a New Investigator plenary, LIverpool, UK (2017), University of Jyväskylä, Finland (2015), University of Liverpool (2014), University of St Andrews, UK (2013), University of Cambridge, UK (2013), University of Exeter, UK (2013)
Invited symposium talks:
Behaviour 2015: “Colour in nature: Conceptual and methodological challenges and emerging solutions”, Cairns, Australia (2015)
The Royal Society Theo Murphy international scientific meeting ‘When senses take flight: the evolution, development, mechanisms and function of avian senses’, Chicheley Hall, (2014)
International Ethological Conference ‘Celebrating 150 years of mimicry research’, Newcastle, UK (2013)
My research has been covered by BBC news online, The Guardian, New York Times, The Independent on Sunday, National Geographic, Discover Magazine, The Australian, The Age, Cosmos Magazine, Scientific American Mind,The Scotsman, The Herald, NERC Planet Earth, interviewed for BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio Three Counties, CBC Radio (Canada)
I welcome enquiries from undergraduate project students or potential postgraduate students interested in joining the research group.
Supervision / Group
- Eleanor Caves Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow
- Menno Van Berkel