Dr Tristram Wyatt

Research Interests

My main research interest is in the evolution of pheromones (molecules used for chemical communication) and animal behaviour. The second edition of my book Pheromones and Animal Behavior, published by Cambridge University Press, won the Best Postgraduate Textbook Award of the Royal Society of Biology 2014.

The aim of the book is to provide a synthesis of the subject, bridging the divides between chemists and biologists, between those studying vertebrates and invertebrates, between ecologists, molecular biologists and neurobiologists, and most importantly, giving the whole an evolutionary context.

My TEDx talk on the Smelly Mystery of Human Pheromones has been viewed 1.4 million times (transcripts in 26 languages).   There's a March 2015 blog by me about how a corporation created a human pheromones myth at the Guardian Science blog.

My most recent book Animal Behaviour: a Very Short Introduction (2017) is published by OUP.

I was formerly the Director of Online Learning and University Lecturer (≡ Associate Professor) in Biological Sciences in the University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education. Between 2000 and 2005 I was the University's Director of Distance and Online Learning.

Selected Publications

Wyatt, TD (2020) Reproducible research into human chemical communication by cues and pheromones: learning from psychology’s renaissance. Phil Trans Roy Soc B. 375: 20190262

Wyatt, TD (2019) Invertebrate pheromones: Models for neuroethology. In: Choe, JC (ed.) Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior (2nd Edn). pp. 31-39. Oxford: Academic Press.

Wyatt, TD (2017) Semiochemicals: Pheromones, signature mixtures and behaviour. In: Nielsen, BL (ed.) Olfaction in animal behaviour and welfare. pp. 26-38. Wallingford, UK: CABI.

Wyatt, TD (2017) Pheromones. Current Biology 27: R739–R743.

Wyatt TD (2016) Survival of the smelliest. The Biologist. 63(1):16-19

Wyatt TD (2015) The search for human pheromones: the lost decades and the necessity of returning to first principles. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 282:20142994.  doi: 10.1098/rspb.2014.2994 
    (See also The Guardian Science Blog)

Wyatt TD (2015) How animals communicate via pheromones. American Scientist 103:114-121

Wyatt TD, Hardege JD & Terschak J (2014) Ocean acidification foils chemical signals. Science346: 176.

Wyatt TD (2014) Pheromones and animal behavior, 2nd Edition. Cambridge University Press, 419 pages. Winner of the Best Postgraduate Textbook Award of the Royal Society of Biology 2014.

Wyatt TD (2014) Proteins and peptides as pheromone signals and chemical signatures. Animal Behaviour 97:273-280 DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2014.07.025

Wyatt TD (2014) Introduction to chemical signaling in vertebrates and invertebrates. In: Mucignat-Caretta (ed.) Neurobiology of Chemical Communication. CRC Press, Baton Rouge

Nehring V, Wyatt TD & d'Ettorre P (2013) Noise in chemical communication In: Brumm, H (ed.) Animal communication and noise. Springer, Berlin. pp 373-405

Wyatt TD (2010) Pheromones and signature mixtures: defining species-wide signals and variable cues for identity in both invertebrates and vertebrates. J Comparative Physiology A-Sensory Neural and Behavioral Physiology. 196:685-700 DOI: 10.1007/s00359-010-0564-y

Wyatt TD (2009) Fifty years of pheromones. Nature 457: 262-263.

Hurst JL, Beynon RJ, Roberts SC & Wyatt TD (Eds.) (2008) Chemical Signals in Vertebrates 11 ISBN: 978-0-387-73944-1 Springer, NY 432 pp