Ecology & Behaviour @ Nottingham


School of Life Sciences, University of Nottingham, NG7 2RD. United Kingdom.

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News: two permanent academic jobs on the theme of Adaptation to the Environment are currently being advertised (closing: 6th Dec 2018)

About us


We are a diverse group of biologists studying animal behaviour, and evolutionary & community ecology. Our research interests range from the sperm competition in birds to host-parasite coevolution, from the adaptive significance of mimicry to adaptive radiation in stickleback. Some of us focus on empirical research in the laboratory and the field, while others are interested in theoretical and statistical modelling. We study (amongst other things) fish, birds and insects.


Please click on the images below to find out more about who we are and what we do. We welcome enquiries from anyone interested in our work, so don't hesitate to drop us a line.


Some useful information can also be found in our old (not maintained) website.



Staff in the School of Life Sciences




Our main collaborators in Life Sciences at Nottingham




Our friends in Geography at Nottingham


Study with us


Undergraduate teaching is an important part of what we do. There is an initimate relationship between research and teaching, especially when it comes to field courses. Our undergraduate field courses in Portugal, Derbyshire and Malaysia provide a fantastic opportunity for students to experience how real behavioural and ecological research is done, and they have generated loads of novel scientific findings, thanks to the hard work of our students.

Modules we teaching include: Evolution, Ecology & Behaviour (Year 1); Ecology (Year 2); Animal Behaviour & Physiology (Year 2); Behavioural Ecology Field Course (Year 2); Biodiversity Field Course (Year 2); Conservation (Year 3); Evolution & Behaviour (Year 3); Evolutionary Ecology (Year 3); Biological Challenges in the Tropics (Year 3).

Interested in postgraduate study?


We welcome interest from prospective postgraduate students. If you are interested in a one-year research Masters (MRes), or a PhD, please email the most suitable supervisor to dicuss possible projects. Be aware that funding can be hard to find, but we are happy to chat about the possibilities.

How to get in touch with us


Click on an individual academic's picture above to find their contact details. If in doubt, Tom Reader can help you find the right person.

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