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John McNamara

Professor John McNamara FRS

Fellow


Elected: 2012

Biography

John McNamara is a mathematician, behavioural ecologist and evolutionary biologist whose research involves developing new methods and models for the study of animal behaviour. His approaches take into account factors such as physiological changes during an animal’s lifetime and has provided a framework for building more holistic and realistic models of behaviour that include time and consider differences between individuals.

Amongst John’s areas of study are the dawn chorus in birds, overwinter survival strategies, annual routines, trans-generational effects, adaptation to fluctuating environments, the ecological rationality of behavioural strategies and evolutionary game theory.

His work has been internationally recognised, and he is the joint winner of the 2008 Hamilton Award of the International Society for Behavioral Ecology, the joint winner of the 2013 Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour Medal and the winner of the 2014 Weldon Memorial Prize

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Keywords

Annual routines, Ecological rationality, Evolutionary game theory, fluctuating environments, Information use, State-dependent decisions