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Durham University

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BEER on Twitter

We now use Twitter for our news - please see our front page

(16 Feb 2016)

BEER meeting, 11 Jan 2016

BEER are holding a meeting at Trevelyan college on 11 Jan 2016 (starting at 11am, ending with BEER beer at 5pm). If you're not already signed up - please contact Jo ( to get your name on the list.

(7 Jan 2016)

PhD studentships advertised

We are keen to hear from prospective students interested in the following projects, as part of the NERC IAPETUS Doctoral Training Partnership:

Multi-modal signaling in mandrills (Mandrillus sphinx)

(7 Dec 2015)

BEER member, Dr Kate Nowak, writes for National Geographic

Click here for Dr Kate Nowak's latest National Geographic story on limestone landscapes in Borneo 

(12 Nov 2015)

BEER research features in BBC ''Colour the spectrum of science' series

Jo Setchell's research on colour signalling in primates is featured in the BBC's new "'Colour the spectrum of science" television series.

The programme airs on BBC4 in the UK at 9pm on 11 November 2015

(9 Nov 2015)

Congratulations to Dr Camila Galheigo Coelho

Congratulations to Camila on passing her PhD viva in Sao Paulo this summer. Camila was a student from Universidade de São Paulo, Instituto de Psicologia, co-supervised by Prof Edu Ottoni & (BEER member) Dr Rachel Kendal.

PhD title: Social dynamics and diffusion of novel behaviour patterns in wild capuchin monkeys (Sapajus libidinosus) inhabiting Serra da Capivara National Park.

(9 Nov 2015)

Research at Durham University on the Behavioural Ecology of the Grey Seal in the UK

Dr Sean Twiss is on fieldwork at the moment - see his team's fieldwork blog here:

(9 Nov 2015)

Evidence of Animal Minds - Interdisciplinary Symposium

(18 Jun 2015) » More about Evidence of Animal Minds - Interdisciplinary Symposium

BEER hosted ASAB Easter meeting 2015

BEER hosted the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour’s Postgraduate Workshop and Easter Conference 18-20 March 2015. The conference was a great success, with a one day postgraduate training workshop on careers outside the academcy, excellent presentations during a two day student conference, BEER beer, the eclipse, and The Trial of Chimpanzee Jack 

(18 Apr 2015)

BEER to host ASAB Easter meeting 2015

BEER will be hosting the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour's Easter meeting in 2015. The meeting will combine a one day postgraduate training workshop with a two day student conference and will include a BEER beer reception and The Trial of Chimpanzee Jack.

(15 Sep 2014)

Durham Anthropology research features in BBC 'Wild Brazil' series

Durham anthropologists Camila Coelho and Dr Rachel Kendal's research on the spread of novel foraging information through groups of capuchin monkeys is featured in the BBC's new "Wild Brazil" television series.

The programme airs on BBC2 in the UK at 9pm on 14-16th January 2014. Click here for a sneak preview of the series

(12 Jan 2014)

BEER PhD student featured on BBC series next week

Camila Coelho's study subjects (wild capuchins) and her PhD project (investigating how novel foraging information is transmitted through the social network of capuchin monkeys) will be featured in the 'Wild Brazil' three part documentary aired next week on BBC2 at 9pm on Tues, Weds, Thurs (14-16th Jan).

See the trailer.

(9 Jan 2014)


Congratulations to Rachel Sassoon on her MA by Research

(5 Nov 2013)

Symposium - From energetics to macroecology: carnivore responses to environmental change

Phil Stephens (steering committee member for BBS) is co-organising an upcoming symposium at the Zoological Society of London. The symposium, to be held at ZSL on 14 & 15 Nov 2013, will look at carnivores as a model group to understand how populations and macroecological patterns emerge from patterns of resource availability and respond to changes in resource availability. More information is available from the Institute of Zoology (IoZ) website.

(25 Oct 2013)

BEER is delighted to welcome Dr Kate Nowak to Durham

Kate is joining us on a 2-year COFUND fellowship and will be working on a project entitled "Risk, fear and cognition in a multi-predator environment". She will be combining time here in Durham with fieldwork in east and South Africa.

Kate completed her PhD on Zanzibar red colobus in the department of Biological Anthropology at Cambridge University in 2007, and has subsequently combined conservation consultancy work (primarily in Tanzania) with her academic career. From 2010 to 2012 Kate was a postdoc and then lecturuer in ecology and evolutionary biology at Princeton University, and most recently she has been a Claude Leon Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of the Free State, Qwaqwa, South Africa.

(23 Oct 2013)


Congratulations to Miranda Davis on the successful defence of her PhD thesis, “Projecting the impact of climate change on ungulate population dynamics: the importance of trophic interactions”

(22 Oct 2013)

BEER is delighted to welcome Dr Stefano Vaglio to Durham as a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow

Stefano will be with us for 2 years, working on primate olfaction. He gained his PhD in Anthropological Sciences from Florence University in 2009. Since then he has been working as Postdoctoral Fellow and Part-time Lecturer at the Biology Department of Florence University.

(30 Sep 2013)


BEER is delighted to welcome 3 new PhD students:
  • Simone Lemmers. Simone is working on a Leverhulme funded project entitled "Stress, life history, and dental development in primates"
  • Teegan Docherty (Conservation Biology Avian Ecology African Wildlife Management)
  • Michelle Gibson (Climate change biology Conservation planning Birds Nomadic species ecology)
and Stuart Brooker, a new MRes student (Conservation Biology Biodiversity and Speciation Behavioural Ecology).

(30 Sep 2013)


Congratulations to Tom Mason on the successful defence of his PhD thesis, “Life-history, demography and behaviour of the Alpine chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra): the role of climatic and environmental change”.

(5 Sep 2013)

BEER is delighted to welcome Dr Esther Clarke Snyder to Durham

Esther is funded by a COFUND Junior Research Fellowship. Her project is titled “Primate vocalisations as sexual signals”. She will be working on gibbons in zoos around the UK to test the hypothesis that the great call in female gibbons signals their reproductive status, and whether male conspecifics adjust their behaviour in response to these signals. Esther’s PhD (from St Andrews) was on “The vocalisations and anti-predatory behaviour of wild white-handed gibbons (Hylobates lar) in Khao Yai National Park, Thailand”. Since then she has been raising her three young children and working as a Psychology lab manager in the USA. This fellowship marks her return to the UK.

(3 Sep 2013)