Dr Mike Webster

Dr Mike Webster
Lecturer in Behavioural and Evolutionary Biology


My research is concerned with the functions and evolution of social behaviour in animals. I’m particularly interested in how groups are organised, how animals interact and acquire information from one another, and in how individual behaviour affects and is affected by that of the group. For the most part I use shoaling fishes and aquatic crustaceans as study systems for understanding more general aspects of social behaviour.

For more information and a full list of publications please see my other site.

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Research Overview:

I’m interested in the behaviour of group-living animals, including social foraging, competition, information diffusion and predator-prey dynamics. What are the benefits and costs of grouping? How do groups form and function? How does the behaviour of individuals shape that of the group, and how does being in a group change the behaviour of its individual members?



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Scottish Oceans Institute
Institiud Chuantan na h-Alba
Gatty Marine Laboratory
East Sands St Andrews
KY16 8LB

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