West Lab

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West Lab

About the Group

I am an evolutionary biologist whose main interest is adaptation, how natural selection can lead to the diversity of life that we see around us. I am especially interested in 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, especially bacteria (experimental), insects (experimental & comparative), birds (comparative) and mammals (comparative).

For more information: http://zoo-web02.zoo.ox.ac.uk/group/west/

Members

Professor Stu West

Guy Cooper (JRF)
Melanie Ghoul (DPhil Student)
Sam Levin (DPhil Student)
Tom Scott (DPhil Student)
Mati Patel (DPhil Student)
Asher Leeks (DPhil Student)
Anna Dewar (DPhil Student)

Recent Publications

Cooper, G.A. & West, S.A. (2018) Division of labour and the evolution of extreme specialisation.NatureEcology & Evolution. 10.1038.

dos Santos, M., Ghoul, M. & West, S.A. (2018) Pleiotropy, cooperation and the social evolution of genetic architecture.PLoS Biology16(10): e2006671

Cooper, G.A. & West, S.A. (2018) Division of labour and the evolution of extreme specialisation. Nature Ecology & Evolution. 10.1038.

dos Santos, M., Ghoul, M. & West, S.A. (2018) Pleiotropy, cooperation and the social evolution of genetic architecture. PLoS Biology 16(10): e200667

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.

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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