University of St Andrews

Dr Stephanie King
Honorary Research Fellow

Scottish Oceans Institute
East Sands
University of St Andrews
St Andrews
KY16 8LB

I’m an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Biology and currently a postdoctoral scientist at the Dolphin Research Centre in Florida, USA. 

To date my research has focused on the temporal and social aspects of vocal interactions in bottlenose dolphins. Specifically my work has focused on the dolphin’s individually distinctive signature whistle and its use in vocal copying and vocal matching interactions. I have worked extensively with both captive and wild animals and used sound playback experiments to observe the forms and functions of these vocal behaviours.

My current research interests lie with understanding the role vocal communication plays in mediating complex social behaviours, such as cooperation, in both bottlenose dolphins and other species.




King, SL & Janik, VM 2015, ' Come dine with me: food-associated social signalling in wild bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) ' Animal Cognition , vol 18, no. 4, pp. 969-974.
King, SL , Schick, RS , Donovan, CR , Booth, CG, Burgman, M , Thomas, L & Harwood, J 2015, ' An interim framework for assessing the population consequences of disturbance ' Methods in Ecology and Evolution .
King, SL, Harley, H & Janik, VM 2014, ' The role of signature whistle matching in bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) ' Animal Behaviour , vol 96, pp. 79-86.
King, SL & Janik, V 2013, ' Bottlenose dolphins can use learned vocal labels to address each other ' Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America , vol 110, no. 32, pp. 13216-13221.
King, SL, Sayigh, L, Wells, R, Fellner, W & Janik, V 2013, ' Vocal copying of individually distinctive signature whistles in bottlenose dolphins ' Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences , vol 280, no. 1757, 20130053 .
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