Mike Webster (PI)

Mike is interested in the functions, mechanisms and evolution of group living in animals, taking in group organisation, social information transmission and social learning, resource competition and predator-prey interactions.

He completed his PhD at the University of Leicester in 2007 before moving to the University of St Andrews, where he joined the Laland Lab as a post-doc. Remaining in St Andrews, he is now a lecturer in the School of Biology.

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Nick Jones (visting scholar)

Nick recently completed his PhD where he investigated factors that affect learning and foraging behaviour in archerfish. He is currently investigating aspects of fish welfare, and – following up one area of his PhD – exploring the consequences of inter-individual differences in cognition. Nick’s PhD was co-supervised by Luke Rendell.

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Karina Vanadzina (PhD student)

Karina uses phylogenetic comparative methods to investigate the evolution of life history traits associated with parental care in ray-finned fishes and passerines. As part of the experimental component of her PhD she is assessing nest camouflage in three-spined sticklebacks using imaging techniques. Karina’s PhD is co-supervised by Catherine Sheard and Kevin Laland.

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Dagmar der Weduwen (PhD student)

Dagmar is studying social learning and the potential for imitation in archerfish Toxotes sp. in regards to their hunting behaviours. Dagmar’s PhD is co-supervised by Luke Rendell and Keith Sillar.

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Leah Gray (MRes student)

Leah will officially join the group in September 2021 as an MRes student studying collective fright responses and false alarms in birds and fish.

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Helen Spence-Jones (PhD student)

Helen is interested in the role of phenotypic plasticity in evolutionary dynamics. She uses the adaptive radiation of threespine stickleback into freshwater environments as a model system to examine the dynamics of multiple plastic traits under relaxed selection. Helen’s PhD was co-supervised by Kevin Laland.

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Anna Hills (placement student)

Anna was a placement student from the University of Manchester undertaking a year-long project. She investigated how sampling- and experimental-design decisions affect hermit crab activity and behaviour measured under standardised conditions.