Dr Mike Webster:
Lecturer in Behavioural and Evolutionary Biology

I’m interested in the behaviour of group-living animals, including social foraging, competition, information diffusion and predator-prey dynamics. What are the benefits and costs of grouping? How do groups form and function? How does the behaviour of individuals shape that of the group, and how does being in a group change the behaviour of its individual members?


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.

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Recent Publications:

5 (of 50 /dk/atira/pure/researchoutput/status/published available) for mmw1 (source: University of St Andrews PURE)
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Ethology adopts the STRANGE framework for animal behaviour research, to improve reporting standards Christian Rutz, Michael Munro Webster
Ethology 2021 vol. 127 pp. 99-101
Individual behavioural traits not social context affects learning about novel objects in archerfish Nicholas Andrew Roderick Jones, Michael Munro Webster, Luke Edward Rendell
Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 2021 vol. 75
Physical enrichment research for captive fish Nicholas Andrew Roderick Jones, Michael Munro Webster, A. G. V. Salvanes
Journal of Fish Biology 2021 vol. 99 pp. 704-725
Cognitive styles Nicholas Andrew Roderick Jones, Michael Munro Webster, Cait Newport, Christopher Neal Templeton, Stefan Schuster, Luke Edward Rendell
Animal Behaviour 2020 vol. 160 pp. 1-14
How STRANGE are your study animals? Michael Munro Webster, Christian Rutz
Nature 2020 vol. 582 pp. 337-340