I’m a Biologist who studies what animals do and why they do it. You could call me an evolutionary biologist, a behavioural ecologist or an ethologist, or whatever you like (as long as its not too rude).

in the wild

Currently I am at the University of Guelph in Canada, as a post-doc working on the role of the social environment in North American red squirrels. I’m doing this with Andrew McAdam, and the rest of the Kluane Red Squirrel Project

My PhD focused on the social networks and personality of wild field crickets. This involved some field work in Northern Spain, but also a lot of video analysis; over 60 TB [yup, sixty terabytes] watched in total. The data is incredible however, so its worth it. Check out my publications page to see what I’ve found so far. This was all done at the Centre for Ecology and Conservation, University of Exeter, in Cornwall, UK. I was supervised by Tom Tregenza, Rolando Rodríguez-Muñoz and Nick Royle.

Animals I’ve worked on previously include other field crickets, fruit flies and even pastry caterpillars. I also dabble in theory, methods and statistics, but prefer keeping to poking real animals.

fight IP200 26-6-13 @ 16.35.51
two males competing for access to a female. Fight!
crickets mating; bit voeyurish I know…
do not turn around

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