Dr Mike Webster

Lecturer in Behavioural and Evolutionary Biology

Harold Mitchell 3.9
tel. 01334 461690
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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.







Webster, MM, Whalen, ACZ & Laland, KN 2017, 'Fish pool their experience to solve problems collectively' Nature Ecology and Evolution, vol 1, 0135. DOI: 10.1038/s41559-017-0135
Webster, MM 2017, 'Experience and motivation shape leader-follower interactions in fish shoals' Behavioral Ecology, vol 28, no. 1, pp. 77-84. DOI: 10.1093/beheco/arw133
Taylor, DEF, Cownden, D & Webster, MM 2016, 'Sticklebacks show consistent prey-share hierarchies within but not between patchy and sequential prey distributions' Journal of Zoology, vol 300, no. 2, pp. 137-141. DOI: 10.1111/jzo.12350
Seebacher, F, Webster, MM, James, RS, Tallis, J & Ward, AJW 2016, 'Morphological differences between habitats are associated with physiological and behavioural trade-offs in stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus)' Royal Society Open Science, vol 3, 1603316. DOI: 10.1098/rsos.160316
Ward, AJW & Webster, MM 2016, Sociality: The Behaviour of Group Living Animals. 1 edn, Springer.
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