My research interests lie in the study of social evolution and in the conservation ecology and genetics of social insects. I obtained my B.A. in Zoology from the University of Cambridge in 1983 and my Ph.D. from the University of Bath in 1987. After a Junior Fellowship at the University of Cambridge, I moved to the Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London, in 1992. At the Institute of Zoology, I was first a Research Fellow, then a Senior Research Fellow, then (from 2003) a Reader. In 2006, I came to UEA as Professor of Evolutionary Biology. I was an Editor, then Editor-in-Chief, of the journal 'Behavioral Ecology' from 2000 to 2006. As well as research papers, review articles and book chapters, I have authored or coauthored two books, 'Social Evolution in Ants' (with Nigel Franks, 1995, Princeton University Press) and 'Principles of Social Evolution' (2011, Oxford University Press).




  • 2006 - present: Professor of Evolutionary Biology, School of Biological Sciences, UEA
  • 2003 - 2006: Reader, Institute of Zoology (IoZ), Zoological Society of London (ZSL)
  • 1992 - 2002: Research Fellow then Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Zoology, ZSL
  • 1988 - 1991: Junior Research Fellow (Jesus College), Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge
  • 1983 - 1987: Ph.D., School of Biological Sciences, University of Bath
  • 1980 - 1983: B.A. (Hons) Zoology, University of Cambridge




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