Current lab members

Kevin Laland
 
Professor Kevin Laland
Principal investigator
[email] [St Andrews University profile]

Kevin Laland is Professor of Behavioural and Evolutionary Biology at the University of St Andrews, where he is a member of the Centre for Biological Diversity, the Centre for Social learning and Cognitive Evolution, the Institute for Behavioural and Neural Sciences, and the Scottish Primate Research Group. After completing his PhD at University College London, Kevin held a Human Frontier Science Programme fellowship at UC Berkeley, followed by BBSRC and Royal Society University Research fellowships at the University of Cambridge, before moving to St Andrews in 2002. He has published over 230 scientific articles and 13 books on a wide range of topics related to animal behaviour and evolution, particularly social learning, cultural evolution and niche construction. He is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a Fellow of the Society of Biology, and the recipient of both an ERC Advanced Grant and a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award.

 
 

Mike Webster
 
Dr Mike Webster
Lecturer
[email] [website] [St Andrews University profile]

Mike Webster is interested in the functions and evolution of group living in animals. He investigates how groups are organised, how animals interact and acquire information from one another, and how individual behaviour affects and is affected by that of the group. For the most part he uses shoaling fishes and crustaceans as study systems for understanding more general aspects of social behaviour. After completing his PhD at the University of Leicester in 2007, Mike moved to the University of St Andrews, joining the Laland Lab as a post-doc. He is now a lecturer in behavioural and evolutionary biology.

 
 

Sally Street
 
Dr Sally Street
Postdoctoral fellow
[email]

Sally Street is interested in the role of niche construction in evolution and comparative phylogenetic approaches. She is working on the project entitled, Adaptive trends and parallel evolution generated by niche construction.

 
 

Wataru Toyokawa
 
Dr Wataru Toyokawa
Visiting scholar
[email] [website]

Wataru Toyokawa’s research interests include social learning, group decision-making, collective intelligence, multi-agent systems and exploration-exploitation trade-offs.

 
 

Elena Miu
 
Elena Miu
PhD student
[email] [School of Biology profile]

Elena Miu is interested in cumulative cultural evolution and social learning strategies in humans. She is looking at social learning strategies in a mathematical software context.

 
 

James Ounsley
 
James Ounsley
PhD student
[email] [School of Biology profile]

James Ounsley is investigating the evolution of social learning strategies through mathematical models and agent based simulations. He is currently focussing on the effects of model-based biases.

 
 

Murillo Pagnotta
 
Murillo Pagnotta
PhD student
[email] [School of Biology profile]

Murillo Pagnotta is studying the Developmental Systems Approach to integrate theories in biology, psychology and anthropology.

 
 

Helen Spence-Jones
 
Helen Spence-Jones
PhD student
[email] [School of Biology profile]

Helen Spence-Jones is interested in the role of phenotypic plasticity in evolution and is working on the project entitled, An experimental test of plasticity-led evolution. Her model system is the three-spine stickleback. Helen graduated with a BA in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge in 2014, then worked for two years as a field research assistant for the Kalahari Meerkat Project before coming to St Andrews.

 
 

Andrew Clark
 
Andrew Clark
Research assistant
[email] [St Andrews University profile]

Andrew Clark is interested in the role of niche construction in evolution and is working on the project entitled, Adaptive trends and parallel evolution generated by niche construction. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology from Harvard University in 2016.

 
 

Katrina Falkenberg
 
Dr Katrina Falkenberg
Science communication and outreach officer
[email] [St Andrews University profile]

Katrina Falkenberg is responsible for the Extended Evolutionary Synthesis and Laland Lab websites, the EES Update blog and the the EES Update Twitter and Facebook accounts.

 
 

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