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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Recent publications listed in research@st-andrews
Laland, KN, Dean, L, Hoppitt, WJE, Rendell, LE & Webster, MM 2012, Social learning: strategies, mechanisms and models. in TR Zentall & EA Wasserman (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Cognition. 2 edn, Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 832-850.
Webster, MM & Laland, KN 2011, Social Learning and Innovation. in Ecology and Evolution of Poeciliid Fishes. University of Chicago Press.


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

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