Dr Mike Webster

Lecturer in Behavioural and Evolutionary Biology

Harold Mitchell 3.9
tel. 01334 461690
fax. 01334 461690
mmw1@st-andrews.ac.uk

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Publications

Webster, MM, Chouinard-Thuly, L, Herczeg, G, Kitano, J, Riley, RJ, Rogers, S, Shapiro, MD, Shikano, T & Laland, KN 2019, 'A four-questions perspective on public information use in sticklebacks (Gasterosteidae)' Royal Society Open Science, vol. 6, no. 2, 181735. https://doi.org/10.1098/rsos.181735
Jones, NAR, Mendo, T, Broell, F & Webster, MM 2019, 'No experimental evidence of stress-induced hyperthermia in zebrafish (Danio rerio)' Journal of Experimental Biology, vol. 222, no. 2, jeb.192971. https://doi.org/10.1242/jeb.192971
Ward, A, Schaerf, T, Burns, A, Lizier, J, Crosato, E, Prokopenko, M & Webster, MM 2018, 'Cohesion, order and information flow in the collective motion of mixed-species shoals' Royal Society Open Science, vol. 5, no. 12, 181132. https://doi.org/10.1098/rsos.181132
Webster, MM & Laland, KN 2018, 'Experience shapes social information use in foraging fish' Animal Behaviour, vol. 146, pp. 63-70. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2018.10.005
Gaffney, KA & Webster, MM 2018, 'Reply to Jolles (2018): comment on ‘Consistency of fish-shoal social network structure under laboratory conditions (Gaffney & Webster, 2018)’' Journal of Fish Biology, vol. 93, no. 5, pp. 764-765. https://doi.org/10.1111/jfb.13822
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