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

2  (of 2 published available) for mmw1 with keyword Collective behaviour clear keyword filter. (source: University of St Andrews PURE)
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2018 (12/12)
Royal Society Open Science
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
2017 (7)
Royal Society Open Science

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


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

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