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My group's interests are broad, but many of them involve the behavioural ecology of interactions between different species. We are particularly interested in the types of interactions that are mediated by the senses. Thus,  we are interested in how organisms of one species can find and identify target individuals of another species. Specific examples of this can be found in considering  how predators search for their prey, and how prey are selected to make this task more difficult for their predators (through processes of camouflage, crypsis, masquerade and mimicry). As can be seen from this example co-evolution is a thread running throughout much of the research. We are not only interested in exploitative relationships like predation, but also in mutualisms (like seed dispersal by frugivorous animals). Another theme that runs through this work is the evolution and stability of signalling systems between individuals of different species, and also the selective forces acting on cues that one species can use to make inferences about individuals of another.

Most of my interests are in the evolutionary ecology of sensory interactions between species. I am broad based in terms of the taxonomic groups that interest me, and am just as interested in plants as animals: as there are complex sensory interactions between plants and herbivores, seed dispersers and pollinators. I am also broadly based in terms of ecosystems, and have worked on marine, freshwater and terrestrial species. Finally,  I am broad based in terms of approaches. Although my primary means of investigation is computer and mathematical modelling, I am likely to complement this with field observations, designed experiments and comparative approaches.

Not all my interests fall into this broad umbrella. One notable exception is an interest in experimental design and (especially nonparametric) statistics. Another such exception is an interest in exploring how physical factors (such as heat and water balance) and scaling (particularly large organismal size) influence the selective pressures on individuals.

Research overview

I am interested in the evolutionary ecology of sensory interactions between species. Examples include camouflage in the natural world, signalling between predators and their prey and how plants can communicate with pollinators and seed dispersers.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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