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Evolutionary and Behavioural Biology

Research Group

Studying a wide range of themes within evolution and animal behaviour

We are organismal biology researchers who study evolution and behaviour, exploring evolutionary processes in animals and plants, and the diversity and mechanisms of animal behaviour.

We study a wide range of living and extinct species in the field and the laboratory, including vertebrates, invertebrates and plants, and use diverse methods to do so, including experimental and computational approaches, behavioural observation, genomics/genetics and comparative physiology.

Staff research and expertise includes behavioural ecology, behaviour and welfare, evolutionary processes and speciation, phylogenetics, evolutionary and ecological genetics, palaeontology, animal cognition and personality, urban evolution, ecology, behavioural neuroscience and epigenetics.


  • Biological mechanisms
  • Behavioural ecology
  • Animal cognition
  • Evolutionary biology
  • Palaeobiology and functional morphology


Our interests are broad and lend themselves to interdisciplinary research, resulting in numerous collaborations with other LJMU staff as well as researchers at national and international institutions including: 

  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Zurich
  • McGill University
  • Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
  • University of Exeter
  • Brown University
  • Durham University
  • University of Oxford
  • Caribbean Primate Research Center
  • Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center
  • University of St Andrews
  • Soay Sheep Project
  • Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
  • Universidade Federal de Santa Maria
  • Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
  • Royal Veterinary College
  • University of Venda
  • Australian National University
  • Carleton University
  • Medical Research Council
  • Emirates Center for Wildlife Propagation


Postgraduate students:

John Abernethy, Noemie Bonnin, Anne-Sophie Crunchant, Russell Delahunty, Georgie Eccles, Christopher Forshaw, Camille Giuliano, Michael Green, Emmeline Howarth, Alexandra Hawthorn, Jeffrey Kelly, Edward McLester, Edwin Parker, Kasim Rafiq, Catherine Robinson, Tommaso Ruberto, Martin Stoffel, Cat Strickson, Simon Stringer, Isabelle Szott, Harriet Thatcher, Reece Thornley, Pernille Troelsen, Deborah Vicari, James Waterman, Joshua Wahlers, David Wells, Lilith Zecherle

Research opportunities

Interested students are encouraged to get in touch with individual staff members regarding undergraduate research opportunities. Staff members also welcome enquiries from potential students interested in postgraduate research and study.

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