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

23  (of 23 published available) for mmw1 with keyword EVOLUTION clear keyword filter. (source: University of St Andrews PURE)
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2019 (20/2)
Royal Society Open Science
A four-questions perspective on public information use in sticklebacks (Gasterosteidae)
Michael Munro Webster, Gabor Herczeg, Jun Kitano, Riva Jyoti Riley, Sean Rogers, Michael D. Shapiro, Takahito Shikano, Kevin Neville Laland 
Keywords: Social learning, Social information, Foraging, Cognition
2019 (24/1)
Journal of Experimental Biology
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

Journal of Fish Biology
vol.Early View 
2018 (12)
Animal Behaviour
vol.146 pp.63-70
2018 (7)
Animal Behaviour
vol.141 pp.95-103

Journal of Fish Biology
vol.93 pp.764-765
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
Fish pool their experience to solve problems collectively
Michael Munro Webster, Kevin Neville Laland 

vol.123 pp.811-817
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
2017 (13/11)
Behavioural Ecology
vol.28 pp.1547-1552
2016 (29/6)
Royal Society Open Science
2016 (10)
Journal of Zoology
vol.300 pp.137-141
2015 (5)
vol.152 pp.1569-1584
2014 (22/8)
Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences


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

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