My research focuses on the evolutionary ecology of prey defences and predator sensory behaviour.
antipredator defencesaposematism, mimicry, masquerade, eyespots with Dr John Skelhorn, and camouflage
birds' taste perceptionCan birds taste? Can they taste the difference between insects with different levels of chemical defences? Why do some birds react strongly to chemical defences while others seem impervious to the spicier morsels?
dietary conservatismWhy do some birds refuse to eat novel food even when it's palatable? What is the mechanism underlying this behaviour, and what is its adapative significance?
colourationI am collaboating with Dr Jake Dunn who is interested in pigmentation variation in primates. I also collaborate with Dr Ilik Saccheri to study the colouration of caterpillars. We are using my calibrated digital camera to measure colour as it is perceived by conspecifics and predators
facial attractivenessDr Rob Burriss and I collaborate on research into facial attractivess and female behaviour
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