Dr Laurence Belcher

Research Interests

My main interest is in the evolution of cooperation and other social behaviours, and how they persist given the possibility of cheating and exploitation. During my PhD I used a combination of theoretical and experimental work to investigate the evolution of strategic social behaviour in the social ameoba Dictyostelium discoideum. In 2020 I joined the West group, where I will be focussing on using a combination of theory and molecular population genetics to study social evolution and the signatures it leaves at the genomic level.