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Faculty Members

Dr. Gillian Brown University of St Andrews grb4@st-andrews.ac.uk
Development of behaviour in young primates, particularly sex-biased investment, adult-offspring food transfers. Female mating strategies, including non-invasive measurement of hormones. Comparative and meta-analytic analyses of birth sex ratios and life histories. Evolutionary perspectives on human behaviour.
 
Prof. Hannah Buchanan-Smith University of Stirling h.m.buchanan-smith@stir.ac.uk
Welfare of captive animals, and alternative methods in animal experimentation (see marmosetcare.com). Behavioural ecology & social organization with particular emphasis on polyspecific associations. Public engagement with science. Behavioural implications of colour vision polymorphism in New World monkeys.
 
Prof. Dick Byrne University of St Andrews rwb@st-andrews.ac.uk
Machiavellian intelligence & tactical deception in primates; organization and learning of skilled motor action in food preparation; the socio-ecology of African terrestrial primates; cognative maps and the decision processes of individuals during foraging.
 
Dr. Christine Caldwell University of Stirling c.a.caldwell@stir.ac.uk
Learning and cognition, in particular social learning, imitation and behavioural traditions. The evolution of culture. Current research includes investigating social learning mechanisms in common marmosets.
 
Prof. Josep Call University of St Andrews jc276@st-andrews.ac.uk
How cognition evolves: investigations of problem solving, broadly construed, including both technical and social problem solving from a comparative perspective, with a special emphasis on great apes.
 
Dr. Christine Caldwell University of Stirling c.a.caldwell@stir.ac.uk
Learning and cognition, in particular social learning, imitation and behavioural traditions. The evolution of culture. Current research includes investigating social learning mechanisms in common marmosets.
 
Prof. Malinda Carpenter University of St Andrews mc213@st-andrews.ac.uk
Development of social cognition and social motivations, particularly imitation, joint attention, pre-verbal communication, prosocial behaviour and group membership.
 
Dr. Juan Carlos Gomez University of St Andrews jg5@st-andrews.ac.uk
Intentional and referential communication: joint attention and theory of mind in social interaction; language evolution; exploratory manipulations of objects and the development of implicit representations.
 
Dr. Scott Hardie University of Abertay s.hardie@abertay.ac.uk
Mixed-species associations in New World Monkeys, looking at costs and benefits of association in the wild and captivity. Grooming in wild Japanese macaques, especially the influence of climate. Public attitudes towards zoo research.
 
Dr. Cat Hobaiter University of St Andrews clh42@st-andrews.ac.uk
Communication in great apes, in particular gestural and multi-modal communication with wild chimpanzees. Learning and cognition, in particular imitation, flexibility and cultural variation. Budongo Conservation Field Station Blog : budongo.wordpress.com.
 
Prof. Kevin Laland University of St. Andrews knl1@st-andrews.ac.uk
Social learning, innovation and cultural transmission in primates. Empirical studies of behavioural innovation and diffusion of novel learned behaviour in zoo populations (especially lemurs, capuchins, callitrichids and chimpanzees). Comparative theoretical analyses of primate intelligence and brain evolution. Theoretical models of cultural evolution, gene-culture co-evolution and the diffusion of innovations.
 
Prof. Phyllis Lee University of Stirling phyllis.lee@stir.ac.uk
Social and physical development, weaning and mother-infant relationships in mammals (especially primates and elephants). Attitudes, gender and human-animal interactions as factors affecting conservation of threatened species. Social evolution in primates.
 
Dr. Tony Little University of Stirling Anthony.little@stir.ac.uk
Face perception in primates with focus on human perception. Evolution and individual differences in mate choice. Signal properties of faces: sexual dimorphism, symmetry. Social signals from faces: cues to personality and emotion. Comparative approaches: macaques, chimpanzees.
 
Dr. David Lusseau University of Aberdeen d.lusseau@abdn.ac.uk
The role of ecological factors in social dynamics; understanding the principles influencing the evolution of complex adaptive systems; the mechanistic processes involved in the evolution of social role and social structures; defining social complexity and its drivers; developing the foundations of conservation behaviour.
 
Dr. Nicola McGuigan Heriot Watt University n.mcguigan@hw.ac.uk
Social learning, and cultural transmission in preschool children and adults. Recent research includes investigating over-imitation and prosociality in human and non-human primates.
 
Dr. Craig Roberts University of Stirling craig.roberts@stir.ac.uk
Mammalian olfactory communication, MHC-correlated mate choice, human facial attractiveness.
 
Dr. Amanda Seed University of St. Andrews ams18@st-andrews.ac.uk
Evolutionary origins of conceptual thought and causal knowledge by combining developmental and comparative studies of physical problem-solving. Deputy Director 'Living Links Centre for Human Evolution'
 
Dr. Sarah Vick University of Stirling sarah-jane.vick@stir.ac.uk
Social cognition and the evolution of communication, including the production and perception of facial expressions in chimpanzees and the understanding of gaze cues in nonhuman primates
 
Dr. Alexander Weiss University of Edinburgh alex.weiss@ed.ac.uk
Personality and subjective well-being in the great apes and humans, with a special interest in understanding their evolutionary and genetic bases and additional interests in their relationship to the social ecology of the species and outcomes such as health, mortality, and the efficacy of enrichment.
 
Prof. Andy Whiten University of St. Andrews a.whiten@st-andrews.ac.uk
Social complexity and Machiavellian intelligence. Theory of mind, social learning, imitation and culture. Developmental behavioural ecology, including maternal investment strategies and the development of foraging techniques. Chimpanzee Cultures Website; Culture Evolves; Living Links
 
Prof. Klaus Zuberbühler University of St. Andrews kz3@st-andrews.ac.uk
Evolution of language and intelligence. Cognitive mechanisms underlying vocal communication, causal cognition and spatio-temporal intelligence. Current work includes research on chimpanzees and monkeys in Africa. Co-Director Tai Monkey project; Scientific Director 'Budongo Conservation Field Station' www.budongo.org

 

Drawings of SPRG primate subjects by Priscilla Barrett