School of Biological Sciences

University of Bristol

Our department covers the wide breadth of biology, from molecules to ecosystems. We are also one of the hubs in the UK for animal behaviour research, having one of the largest number of research groups working in animal behaviour. This research spans theory, lab studies and fieldwork in the UK and across the globe, across diverse taxa. Putting modesty aside, our department is a fantastic place to study animal behaviour!

Dr Christos Ioannou

I'm the lead organiser of the meeting. After enjoying the Easter meetings as a PhD student and later receiving ASAB's Christopher Barnard Award in 2013, which is presented at the Easter meeting, I've always wanted to host an ASAB Easter meeting, so I jumped at the chance! My research focuses on predator behaviour and collective behaviour, using fish as a model system.

Dr Martin How

I'm one of the co-organisers of the meeting and a Senior Research Fellow. I am interested in seeing the world from the perspective of invertebrates and in recent years I have been fascinated by why some animals have opted to use the polarization of light instead of colour.

Dr Bex Pike

I'm one of the co-organisers of the meeting and a lecturer. I joined ASAB as a PhD student and attended multiple Easter and Winter meetings. I found the meetings really useful as an early career researcher, and a lot of fun. I hope you find this Easter meeting just as useful and enjoyable. My scientific research focuses on theoretical biology, using mathematical models to investigate reproductive behaviour and decisions in humans and animals. I'm also interested in teaching & learning, so if you have any questions about teaching at HE level, feel free to get in touch!

Professor Innes Cuthill

I'm Professor of Behavioural Ecology. I've been a member of ASAB since joining as a graduate student in the mid-1980s and have played various roles in the society ever since, including the honour of being President. The Easter conference is particularly enjoyable as it's a chance to meet the next generation of behavioural scientists. My research mainly concerns animal coloration and animal vision but, over the years, my interests have included most areas of behavioural ecology.

Professor Andy Radford

I'm Professor of Behavioural Ecology. I've been a member of ASAB since joining as a PhD student in 1999, and have been a Council Member, member of the Grants Committee and a Consulting Editor for Animal Behaviour; I have a new role starting later this year (but not announced yet!). I'm always inspired at the Easter conference by the passion and drive of early-career researchers in animal behaviour. My research has two main themes: social behaviour, especially the vocal mediation and consequences of cooperation and conflict; and the impacts and mitigation of human disturbances (particularly man-made noise) on wildlife.

Dr Stephanie King

I’ve been an ASAB member for a while now but this will be my first ASAB Easter conference! I’m really looking forward to meeting you all and (virtually) welcoming you to Bristol. My research focuses on communication and cognition in non-human animals, and the impact of anthropogenic noise on marine mammals.

Dr Stephen Montgomery

Welcome to virtual Bristol! I wish we could welcome you in person, but at least it can't rain on the internet. This will be my first Easter ASAB conference so I'm looking forward to hearing from a diverse bunch of early career researchers and getting jealous over you research plans. My own research focuses on understanding how brains evolve, and how this relates to behavioural variation and ecological divergence.

Dr Christoph Grueter

I am a Senior Lecturer. After having participated in ASAB winter meetings in the past, I am very much looking forward to my first Easter meeting. I am a behavioural ecologist with an interest in communication and colony organisation in social insects, mainly the honeybee (Apis mellifera). A more recent research area is the neurogenomics of individual decision making.

Dr Dave Lawson

I'm a lecturer and behavioural ecologist. My research primarily focuses on how complex floral signals affect the behaviour of foraging pollinators, usually working with Bumblebees as a model organism. I've had a great time at previous ASAB meetings, and I'm pleased we get to host this year's Easter meeting. It's a shame we can't welcome you to our lovely city in person, but we'll do what we can to give you some proper Bristolian hospitality.

Dr Emily Bell

We cannot wait to virtually welcome you to Bristol this year. This will be my first Easter ASAB conference, so I am really looking forward to hearing about the exciting new research projects being planned and conducted by you all. My own scientific research has predominantly focused on phenotypic plasticity and the evolution of the caste system in tropical paper wasps.