Professor Stuart West

Research Interests

I am an evolutionary biologist whose main interest is adaptation, and especially the evolution of social behaviours, such as cooperation, altruism, spite, mutualism, and how these can influence major evolutionary transitions. I use a mixture of techniques including theory, experiment and across species comparative studies.

My empirical work has utilised a range of organisms, including bacteria, protozoa, insects (especially parasitoid wasps), fish, birds and mammals. 


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Selected Publications

Burton-Chellew, M.N., El Mouden, C. & West, S.A. (2016) Conditional cooperation and confusion in public-goods games. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, USA 113, 1291-1296.

Caro, S.M., Griffin, A.S., Hinde, C.A. & West, S.A. (2016) Unpredictable environments lead to the evolution of parental neglect in birds. Nature Communications. 7:10985.

Wyatt, G.A.K., Kiers, E.T., Gardner, A. & West, S.A. (2016) Restricting mutualistic partners to enforce trade reliance. Nature Communications 7:10322.

Popat, R., Pollitt, E.J.G., Harrison, F., Naghra, H., Hong, K-W., Chan, K-G., Griffin, A.S., Williams, P., Brown, S.P., West, S.A., Diggle, S.P. (2015) Conflict of interest and signal interference lead to the breakdown of honest signalling. Evolution 69, 2371-2383. 

West, S.A., Fisher, R.M., Gardner, A. & Kiers, E.T. (2015) Major evolutionary transitions in individuality. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, USA 112, 10112-10119.

Fisher, R.M., Cornwallis, C.K., & West, S.A. (2013) Group formation, relatedness and the evolution of multicellularity. Current Biology 23, 1120-1125.

Davies, N.B., Krebs, J.R. & West, S.A. (2012) An Introduction to Behavioural Ecology. Wiley-Blackwell.

West, S.A. (2009) Sex Allocation. Princeton University Press (Monograph in Population Biology Series).

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