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.

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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
Royal Society Open Science 2018 vol.5
Consistency of fish‐shoal social network structure under laboratory conditions K. A. Gaffney, Michael Munro Webster
Journal of Fish Biology vol.Early View
Presence of an audience and consistent interindividual differences affect archerfish shooting behaviour Michael Munro Webster, Christopher Neal Templeton, Stefan Schuster, Luke Edward Rendell
Animal Behaviour 2018 vol.141 pp.95-103
Social learning strategies Rachel Kendal, Neeltje Boogert, Luke Edward Rendell, Kevin Neville Laland, Michael Munro Webster, Patricia Jones
Trends in Cognitive Sciences 2018 vol.22 pp.651-665
Experience and motivation shape leader-follower interactions in fish shoals Michael Munro Webster
Behavioral Ecology 2017 vol.28 pp.77-84
Fish pool their experience to solve problems collectively Michael Munro Webster, Kevin Neville Laland
Nature Ecology and Evolution 2017 vol.1
How does hunger affect convergence on prey patches in a social forager? Joanne Riddell, Michael Munro Webster
Ethology vol.123 pp.811-817
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
Royal Society Open Science 2017
Social information use and social learning in non-grouping fishes Michael Munro Webster, Kevin Neville Laland
Behavioural Ecology 2017 vol.28 pp.1547-1552
Sociality Ashley JW Ward, Michael Munro Webster
Gammarus pulex show a grouping response to conspecific injury cues but not to predator kairomones Lynsey Smith, Michael Munro Webster
Behavioral Ecology 2015 vol.26 pp.1188-1195
Space-use and sociability are not related to public-information use in ninespine sticklebacks Michael Munro Webster, Kevin Neville Laland
Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 2015 vol.69 pp.895-907
Familiarity affects social network structure and discovery of prey patch locations in foraging stickleback shoals B. J. Galef, William John Edward Hoppitt, Michael Munro Webster, Kevin Neville Laland
Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 2014 vol.281
Environmental complexity influences association network structure and network-based diffusion of foraging information in fish shoals Michael Munro Webster, William John Edward Hoppitt, Kevin Neville Laland
American Naturalist 2013 vol.181 pp.235-244
Local enhancement via eavesdropping on courtship displays in male guppies, Poecilia reticulata Michael Munro Webster, Kevin Neville Laland
Animal Behaviour 2013 vol.86 pp.75-83


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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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