Dr Mike Webster

Lecturer in Behavioural and Evolutionary Biology

Harold Mitchell 3.9
tel. 01334 461690
fax. 01334 461690

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.







Gaffney, KA & Webster, MM 2018, 'Consistency of fish‐shoal social network structure under laboratory conditions' Journal of Fish Biology, vol Early View. DOI: 10.1111/jfb.13613
Webster, MM & Laland, KN 2017, 'Social information use and social learning in non-grouping fishes' Behavioural Ecology. DOI: 10.1093/beheco/arx121
Riddell, J & Webster, MM 2017, 'How does hunger affect convergence on prey patches in a social forager?' Ethology, vol 123, no. 11, pp. 811-817. DOI: 10.1111/eth.12653
Ward, A, Schaerf, T, Herbert-Read, J, Morrell, L, Sumpter, D & Webster, MM 2017, 'Local interactions and global properties of wild, free-ranging stickleback shoals' Royal Society Open Science. DOI: 10.1098/rsos.170043
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
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