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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.

source: symbiosis

 

Recent publications


45  (of 45 published available) for mmw1. (source: University of St Andrews PURE)
Please click title of any item for full details.

2018 (12/12)
Royal Society Open Science
vol.5 
(Article)
Cohesion, order and information flow in the collective motion of mixed-species shoals
Ashley Ward, Timothy Schaerf, Alicia Burns, Joseph Lizier, Emanuele Crosato, Mikhail Prokopenko, Michael Munro Webster 
Keywords: Shoaling, Collective behaviour, Aggregation, Mixed-species group, Schooling, Transfer entropy

Journal of Fish Biology
vol.Early View 
(Article)
2018 (12)
Animal Behaviour
vol.146 pp.63-70
(Article)

Journal of Experimental Biology
vol.In press 
(Article)
2018 (7)
Animal Behaviour
vol.141 pp.95-103
(Article)

Journal of Fish Biology
vol.93 pp.764-765
(Comment/debate)
Reply to Jolles (2018)
Katie A. Gaffney, Michael Munro Webster 
2018 (7)
Trends in Cognitive Sciences
vol.22 pp.651-665
(Review article)
Social learning strategies
Rachel Kendal, Neeltje Boogert, Luke Edward Rendell, Kevin Neville Laland, Michael Munro Webster, Patricia Jones 
Keywords: Asocial information, Associative learning theory, Behavioural gambit, Cumulative culture, Metacognition, Social information
2017 (18/4)
Nature Ecology and Evolution
vol.1 
(Article)
Fish pool their experience to solve problems collectively
Michael Munro Webster, Kevin Neville Laland 

Ethology
vol.123 pp.811-817
(Article)
2017 (7)
Royal Society Open Science

(Article)
Local interactions and global properties of wild, free-ranging stickleback shoals
Ashley Ward, Timothy Schaerf, James Herbert-Read, Lesley Morrell, David Sumpter, Michael Munro Webster 
Keywords: Collective behaviour, Schooling, Grouping
2017 (13/11)
Behavioural Ecology
vol.28 pp.1547-1552
(Article)
2016 (29/6)
Royal Society Open Science
vol.3 
(Article)
2016 (10)
Journal of Zoology
vol.300 pp.137-141
(Article)
2015 (5)
Behaviour
vol.152 pp.1569-1584
(Article)
2014 (22/8)
Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
vol.281 
(Article)
2013
Behaviour
vol.150 pp.1689 – 1708
(Article)
Site fidelity and localised homing behaviour in three-spined sticklebacks (Gasterosteus aculeatus).
Ashley Ward, Richard James, Alexander Wilson, Michael Munro Webster 
2013
Journal of Comparative Psychology
vol.127 pp.154-165
(Article)
2012 (22/10)
Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
vol.279 pp.4272-4278
(Article)
2012 (18/9)
pp.832-850
(Chapter)

Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology

(Article)
2011
Trends in Cognitive Sciences
vol.15 pp.68-76
(Article)
Cognitive culture: Theoretical and empirical insights into social learning strategies
Luke Edward Rendell, Laurel Fogarty, William John Edward Hoppitt, Michael Munro Webster, Kevin Neville Laland 
2011 (12/4)
Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
vol.366 pp.958-968
(Article)
2011
Biological Review

(Article)
Personality and Social Context
Michael Munro Webster, Ashley Ward 
2011 (22/2)
Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
vol.278 pp.619-627
(Article)
2011

(Chapter)
Social Learning and Innovation
Michael Munro Webster, Kevin Neville Laland 
2010
Journal of Fish Biology

(Article)
Behavioural thermoregulation in two freshwater fish species
Ashley Ward, Elizabeth Hensor, Michael Munro Webster, Paul Hart 
2009 (11)
Journal of Fish Biology
vol.75 pp.1868-1873
(Article)
2009
Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology

(Article)
Individual boldness affects interspecific interactions in sticklebacks
Michael Munro Webster, Ashley Ward, Paul Hart 
2008 (9)
Trends in Ecology and Evolution
vol.23 pp.486-493
(Article)
Lessons from Animal Teaching
William John Edward Hoppitt, Gillian Ruth Brown, R Kendal, Luke Edward Rendell, A Thornton, Michael Munro Webster, Kevin Neville Laland 
Keywords: GOLDEN LION TAMARINS, WILD PIED BABBLERS, LEONTOPITHECUS-ROSALIA, FEEDING BEHAVIOUR, DOMESTIC CHICKS, ORCINUS-ORCA, EVOLUTION, MECHANISMS, PREDATION, CULTURE
2008 (22/1)
Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
vol.275 pp.203-208
(Article)
2008 (22/12)
Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
vol.275 pp.2869-2876
(Article)

Contact

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

tel: +44 (0) 1334 463472
fax: +44 (0) 1334 463443
email: soi@st-andrews.ac.uk

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