Dr David Shuker:
Senior Lecturer in Behavioural Ecology

My group is interested in the evolution and ecology of insect reproductive behaviour. As such we are interested in how natural and sexual selection shapes reproductive decisions and behaviours in insects. We use a variety of approaches, spanning behavioural experiments, fieldwork, to molecular genetics. Current study organisms include parasitic wasps, lygaeid seed bugs, and mealybugs.


We are interested in the evolution and ecology of insect reproductive behaviour. As such, our work includes laboratory and field studies of insect behaviour, making use of both whole-organism and genetic studies.

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Recent Publications:

5 (of 107 /dk/atira/pure/researchoutput/status/published available) for dms14 (source: University of St Andrews PURE)
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Context-dependent use of visual cues in the shell selection behaviour of the hermit crab Pagurus bernhardus Christopher David Todd, David Michael Shuker
Behavioural Processes 2021 vol. 188
A single pleiotropic locus influences the rate of hybridization between two sibling species of Lygaeus bugs Daniella Black, David Michael Shuker
Ecology and Evolution 2020 vol. 10 pp. 12224-12232
Genomics of sex allocation in the parasitoid wasp Nasonia vitripennis Bart A. Pannebakker, Nicola Cook, Joost van den Heuvel, Louis van de Zande, David Michael Shuker
BMC Genomics 2020 vol. 21
Mating failure shapes the patterns of sperm precedence in an insect Daniella Black, David Michael Shuker
Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 2020 vol. 74
Same-sex sexual behaviour David Michael Shuker
Current Biology 2020 vol. 30 pp. R1345-R1346