Dr. Claire Andrews University of Stirling [email protected]
Behaviour and ecology, behavioural and life history evolution, developmental plasticity, animal welfare, early-life adversity, environmental psychology
Dr. Gillian Brown University of St Andrews [email protected]
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 [email protected]
Human-animal interactions, with a focus on animal welfare (see marmosetcare.com; 24/7approach); mixed-species primate associations; behavioural implications of colour vision polymorphism in South American monkeys.
Prof. Dick Byrne University of St Andrews [email protected]
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.
Prof. Christine Caldwell University of Stirling [email protected]
Learning and cognition, in particular social learning, imitation behavioural traditions and cultural evolution.
Prof. Josep Call University of St Andrews [email protected]
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.
Prof. Malinda Carpenter University of St Andrews [email protected]
Development of social cognition and social motivations in human children; particularly imitation, joint attention, pre-verbal communication, prosocial behaviour and group membership
Dr. Clare Cunningham University of Abertay c.cunningham@abertay
Evolution of cognitive abilities and the underpinnings of social intelligence skills, particularly in primates. Social behaviours of contemporary primate groups and their relationships to brain size. Object manipulation and tool-using skills and all other aspects of gibbon behaviour.
Dr. Pawel Fedurek University of Stirling [email protected]
Vocal communication in human and non-human primates.
Dr. Juan Carlos Gomez University of St Andrews [email protected]
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 [email protected]
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. Ilyena Hirskyj-Douglas University of Glasgow [email protected]
Animal-computer interaction, focusing on building and designing novel computers for primates for choice.
Dr. Cat Hobaiter University of St Andrews [email protected]
Communication and cognition in wild great apes, in particular long-term studies of East African chimpanzees. PI for the Wild Minds Lab; Great Ape Dictionary & Co-Director of the Bugoma Primate Conservation Project
Dr. Sharon Kessler University of Stirling [email protected]
Evolution of cognition, health signalling, bioacoustics, kin recognition, agent-based modelling.
Prof. Kevin Laland University of St. Andrews [email protected]
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.
Dr Anthony Lee University of Stirling [email protected]
Human mate preference, face and person perception from an evolutionary perspective.
Prof. Phyllis Lee University of Stirling [email protected]
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. David Lusseau University of Aberdeen [email protected]
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. Gema Martin-Ordas University of Stirling [email protected]
Cognitive mechanisms (e.g. memory, planning) underlying problem-solving in human and non-human animals.
Dr. Nicola McGuigan Heriot Watt University [email protected]
Social learning, and cultural transmission in preschool children and adults. Recent research includes investigating over-imitation and prosociality in human and non-human primates.
Prof. Craig Roberts University of Stirling [email protected]
Mammalian olfactory communication, MHC-correlated mate choice, human facial attractiveness.
Dr. Amanda Seed University of St. Andrews [email protected]
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. Alexander Weiss University of Edinburgh [email protected]
Personality and subjective well-being in the non-human primates 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 [email protected]
Social cognition in non-human and human primates, particularly social learning, traditions and culture; Culture EvolvesLiving Links;  Centre for Social Learning and Cognitive Evolution
Dr. Lara Wood University of Abertay [email protected]
Social cognition in non-human and human primates with a focus on social learning transmission biases. Captive welfare and research participation in zoo-housed primates.
Prof. Klaus Zuberbühler University of St. Andrews [email protected]
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