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BEER centre

Members

The Behaviour, Ecology and Evolution Research Centre unites academic and research staff and students in five departments (Anthropology, Archaeology, Psychology, Education and Biosciences), in two faculties (Social Sciences and Health, Science), to facilitate interactions and develop and enhance collaborations.

We currently have over eighty members, at all levels from postgraduate students to full professors.

Steering group:

Name Affiliation Research Interests
Jo Setchell Anthropology; Centre Director
  • Primate behavioural ecology
  • Sexual selection
  • Life history
Lynda Boothroyd Psychology; Centre Steering Group
  • Attraction
  • Evolutionary Social and Developmental Psychology
  • Father absence theory
Emma Flynn Education; Centre Steering Group
  • Observational learning (including imitation and emulation)
  • Information transmission
  • Acquisition of artefact knowledge and tool use
Russell Hill Anthropology; Centre Steering Group
  • Primate behavioural ecology
  • Predator-prey interactions
  • Felid behaviour and ecology
Paul Pettitt Archaeology; Centre Steering Group
  • Neanderthal extinction and the Middle to Upper Palaeolithic Transition
  • Paeleolithic art
  • Early evolution of human mortuary activity
Philip Stephens Biosciences; Centre Steering Group
  • Biodiversity conservation
  • Monitoring
  • Behaviour and population dynamics

Members:

Name Affiliation Research Interests
Andrew Allan Anthropology
  • Primate behavioural ecology
  • Vigilance
Judy Allen Biosciences
  • Quaternary palaeoecology
  • Pollen analysis
  • Quaternary palaeoclimate
Clare Andrews Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University
  • Early life stress
  • Animal welfare and cognition
  • Parental care and life history
Alec Ayers Anthropology
  • Neotaphonomy
  • Carnivore behaviour and ecology
  • Wildlife management
Rob Barton Anthropology
  • Behavioural ecology and sociobiology
  • Comparative studies of brain size and structure in relation to behavioural ecology
  • Evolution of mammalian reproductive traits
Nadin Beckmann Education
  • Learning and performance, psychometric assessment
  • Personality and individual differences
  • Within-person change and malleability
Alan Bilsborough Anthropology
  • Human evolution and cranial diversity in early hominids
  • The interaction of social and biological variables in human biology
Naomi Brannan Biosciences
  • Behavioural ecology
  • Stress physiology
  • Animal biotelemetry
Claire Branston Biosciences
  • Conservation biology
  • Avian ecology
  • Environmental change
Adrian Brennan Biosciences
  • Ecological and quantitative genetics of hybridization
  • Speciation
  • Invasiveness and plant reproductive systems
Stuart Brooker Biosciences
  • Conservation biology
  • Biodiversity and speciation
  • Behavioural ecology
Trudi Buck Anthropology
  • Applications of geometric morphometrics to human evolution
  • Biological anthropology from material culture
  • Early human migrations
Mike Burt Psychology
  • Evolutionary psychology
  • Facial expression recognition
Anne Campbell Psychology
  • Development aspects of gender
  • Evolutionary psychology
  • Female delinquency and crime
Michael Carrithers Anthropology
  • Evolutionary bases of human socialities
  • Evolutionary and cultural transformation
Paul Chazot Biosciences
  • Novel drug targets for chronic neuropathologies
  • In vitro electrophysiology
  • Learning/memory; anxiety
Mike Church Archaeology
  • Environmental archaeology of the North Atlantic islands
  • Geochronological applications
  • Human / environment interactions
Zanna Clay Psychology
  • Development and evolution of social processes
  • Great apes and young children
  • Language evolution and empathy
Camila Coelho Anthropology
  • Cultural transmission
  • Social networks
  • Capuchin monkeys
Andrea Donaldson Anthropology
  • Primate behavioural ecology
  • Primate reintroduction technology
Wayne Dawson Biosciences
  • Invasion ecology
  • Plant-soil interactions
Ellie Desmond Biosciences
  • Plant mating system evolution
  • Gene expression
Teegan Docherty Biosciences
  • Conservation biology
  • Avian ecology
  • African wildlife management
Helen Driscoll Psychology, Sunderland University
Sarah Elton Anthropology
  • Ecology, palaeobiology and palaeoecology
  • Evolutionary medicine
  • Functional morphology
Leah Findlay Anthropology
  • Human-wildlife interactions
  • Primate behavioural ecology

Katharine Flach

Anthropology
  • Reproductive strategies
  • Cooperative breeding
  • Callitrichids
Alireza Foroozani Biosciences
  • Population genetics/molecular ecology
  • Plant mating system evolution
  • Use of NGS - RNAseq/RADseq
Shams Galib Biosciences
  • Aquatic animal ecology, behaviour, evolution, conservation
  • Behavioural and evolutionary ecology
  • Conservation biology
Lucy Gardner Biosciences
  • Conservation biology
  • Climate change biology
  • Species modelling
Michelle Gibson Biosciences
  • Climate change biology
  • Conservation planning
  • Nomadic bird ecology
Ben Gruwier Anthropology
  • Archaeozoology
  • Functional morphology
  • Palaeoanthropology
Steve Higgins Education
    Elana Hobkirk Biosciences
    • Animal behaviour
    • Animal communication
    • Canid behaviour
    Rus Hoelzel Biosciences
    • Evolutionary biology
    • Population genetics and molecular ecology
    • Behavioural ecology
    Christine Howard Biosciences
    • Avian population biology
    • Species distribution modelling
    • Environmental change
    Pen-Yuan Hsing Biosciences
    • Developing a wild mammal monitoring network in the UK
    Brian Huntley Biosciences
    • Biogeography
    • Ecology
    • Biodiversity impacts of environmental change
    Ramona Irimia Biosciences
    • Invasive plant evolution
    • Quantitative genetics
    Jeremy Kendal Anthropology
    • Cultural evolution
    • Cultural niche construction
    • Gene-culture coevolution
    Rachel Kendal Anthropology
    • Social learning
    • Behavioural innovation
    • Cultural evolution
    Viven Kent Anthropology; Durham Wildlife Trust
    Marc Knight Biosciences
    • Evolution of cold sensing and tolerance in plants
    • Evolution of cellular calcium signalling mechanisms
    Fire Kovarovic Anthropology
    • African Plio-Pleistocene palaeoecology
    • Early hominin environments and methods for reconstructing habitats
    • Faunal community ecology
    Emily Lake Anthropology
    • Behavioural ecology
    Bob Layton Anthropology
    • Anthropology and archaeology of art in non-literate societies
    • Evolution of social behaviour
    • Indigenous land rights
    Adriano Lameira Anthropology
    • Language evolution
    Simone Lemmers Anthropology
    • Life history
    • Hard tissue histology
    Steve Lindsay Biosciences
    • Host-vector dynamics
    • Malaria and climate change
    • Malaria transmission and the environment
    Angus Lothian Biosciences
    • Aquatic animal ecology, behaviour, evolution, conservation
    • Behavioural and evolutionary ecology
    • Conservation biology
    Martyn Lucas Biosciences
    • Biology of introduced and invasive aquatic animals
    • Conservation biology of aquatic animals
    • Ecology, behaviour and respiratory physiology of fish

    Gaby Mendoza Nakano

    Anthropology
    • Rehabilitation
    • Neotropical primates
    Anthony McGregor Psychology
    • Spatial learning
    • Animal cognition
    • Learning and memory
    Pedro Mendez-Carvajal Anthropology
    • Primate conservation
    • Panamanian primates
    Evalyne Muiruri Biosciences
    • Biodiversity-ecosystem functioning
    • Multitrophic interactions
    • Avian predation
    Jason Nadell Anthropology
      Lynn Newton Education
        Naiara O'Mahony Biosciences
        • Migration ecology of birds
        • Climate change
        • Species distribution modeling
        Rebecca Owens Psychology
        • Evolutionary psychology
        • Relationships
        • Sexual behaviour
        Bruce Rawlings Anthropology
        • Social learning
        • Behavioural innovation
        • Cultural evolution
        Ian Rickard Anthropology
        • Human biology
        • Individual variation
        • Life history theory
        Angus Rosenburgh Biosciences
        • Peatland and heathland ecology
        • Biogeochemistry
        • Applied ecological restoration
        Alice Rowland Biosciences
        • Adaptation to extreme environments
        • Evolutionary biology
        • Molecular ecology
        Pete Rowley-Conwy Archaeology
        • Earlier 19th century Scandinavian archaeology
        • Bones and plants from archaeological sites
        • Hunter-gatherers, origins of agriculture, early agriculture
        David Sanderson Psychology
        • Learning and memory
        Thom Scott-Phillips Anthropology
        • Cultural evolution
        • Evolutionary anthropology
        • Origins and evolution of language
        Courtney Shuert Biosciences
        • Animal behaviour
        • Individual variation
        • Pinniped biology
        Sally Street Anthropology
        • Cognition, culture, behaviour, ecology, evolution
        • Phylogenetic comparative methods
        • Anthropogenic biases
        Jingrui Sun Biosciences
        • Aquatic animal ecology, behaviour, evolution, conservation
        • Behavioural and evolutionary ecology
        • Conservation biology
        Jamie Tehrani Anthropology
        • Cultural evolution
        • Phylogenetic analysis of culture
        • Social learning
        Jeroen Tummers Biosciences
        • Aquatic animal ecology, behaviour, evolution, conservation
        • Behavioural and evolutionary ecology
        • Conservation biology
        Cameron Turner Education
        • Mechanisms of observational learning and culture
        • Biological (evolutionary and neuroscientific) approaches to human social behaviour
        Sean Twiss Biosciences
        • Animal behaviour
        • Causes and consequences of individual variation in behaviour
        • Pinniped behavioural ecology
        Stefano Vaglio Anthropology
        • Conservation and human-wildlife interactions
        • Human behaviour and ecology
        • Primate behaviour and ecology
        Alke Voskamp Biosciences
        • Species distribution modelling
        • Environmental change
        • Conservation planning
        Kate Wall Education
        • Social learning
        • Development of cognition and metacognition
        • Mediating tools
        Sian Waters Anthropology
        • Primate conservation
        Dave Weinkove Biosciences
        • Ageing
        • Host-microbe interactions
        • Model organisms
        Andreanna Welch Biosciences
        • Evolutionary biology
        • Population and ecological genetics
        • Ecological genetics
        Mark White Archaeology
        • History of Palaeolithic Archaeology
        • Lower and middle Palaeolithic Britain & Europe
        • Palaeolithic stone tools
        Steve Willis Biosciences
        • Biodiversity impacts of climate change
        • Invasive species
        • Biodiversity conservation
        Miles Woodruff Anthropology
        • Primate conservation
        • Primate rehabiltation and reintroduction

        Alumni:

        Name Affiliation Research Interests
        Camila Coelho Anthropology
        • Cultural transmission
        • Social networks
        • Capuchin monkeys
        Esther Clarke Anthropology
        • Primate behaviour
        • Primate endocrinology
        • Primate vocal communication
        Jamie Lawson Anthropology
        • Human sex and sexuality
        • Sex / gender; biological and social categories
        • Evolutionary approaches to sexual orientation
        Kesson Magid Anthropology
          Kate Nowak Anthropology
          • Human-wildlife interactions

          • Ivory trade

          • Large mammal ecology

          Shane Richards Biosciences
          • Animal Behaviour
          • Conservation Biology
          • Life-History Evolution & Mating Strategies
          Sian Waters Anthropology
          • Primate conservation