The Behaviour and Evolution Research group focus on understanding the interaction between evolved capacities and actions in humans and other animals in the changing world of the 21st century.
We use evolutionary principles to guide our research on behaviour, welfare, communication and cognition in a wide range of species.
We have weekly meetings during the semester, with both internal and external speakers (BERG Autumn 2017).
We run a taught MSc in Evolutionary Psychology, and Masters, PG Certification or Diploma in Human-Animal Interactions and welcome PhD applications.
Research is conducted off-site through collaborative links with research institutes and zoos elsewhere in the UK and Europe, Japan and the US, and also in field sites in Africa and South America. We are part of the Scottish Primate Research Group and were part of the consortium bid to fund the "Living Links to Human Evolution Research Centre" at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland's Edinburgh Zoo, where we conduct a number of projects.
Members of the BERG have developed the following websites to improve animal welfare:
|Hannah Buchanan-Smith||animal welfare, behaviour and ecology, comparative colour vision and human animal interactions.|
|Christine Caldwell||social learning and cultural evolution in humans and nonhuman primates.|
|Phyllis Lee||behavioural development, reproductive strategies, social and life history evolution, human-wildlife interactions, gender and conservation.|
|Gema Martin-Ordas||cognitive mechanisms (e.g. memory, planning) underlying problem solving in human and non-human animals.|
|Eoin O'Sullivan||cognitive mechanisms underlying social learning in humans and nonhuman primates.|
|Craig Roberts||mammalian olfactory communication, MHC-correlated mate choice, human facial attractiveness.|
|Sarah Vick||social cognition, visual communication, primarily gaze and facial expressions; human animal interactions.|
Yvonne Baur, Lesley Craig, Paxton Culpepper, Sophia Daoudi, Juliet Dunstone, Donna Kean, Josh Lemin, Becky Leonardi, Josh March, Gemma Macintosh, Maribel Recharte, Josephine Smit, Jim Swaffield, Lizzie Webber, Charlotte Wilks, Rebecca Wyper.
Honorary Research Fellows
Example PhD projects
"Nothing in Biology Makes Sense Except in the Light of Evolution"
Theodosius Dobzhansky (1973)