Prof Karen Spencer

Director of Research


Researcher profile

+44 (0)1334 46 2096


Research areas

I am currently the Co-Director of the Institute of Behavioural and Neural Sciences (

 I am interested in using multi-disciplinary approaches to gain a greater understanding of the mechanisms that underlie complex patterns of animal behaviour. Currently this involves integrating behavioural, physiological, endocrine and neuroendocrine approaches using avian species in both the field and laboratory. I currently head up the Mechanisms of Behaviour Research Group - check out our website for more info:

PhD supervision

  • Benjamin Turnbull
  • Laura Kamp
  • Sezny Gall
  • Sarah Suber
  • Valentina Sulleyman
  • Charis Hanna

Selected publications


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