Tom teaches second year psychobiology and supervises final year projects and MSc theses. From June 2014 he will be running a two week residential animal behaviour field trip on Lundy island. For more details about this please visit Tom's website at this link.
Currently Tom is supervising two PhD students. Robert Spencer is working on foraging behaviours in urban gull populations, looking to see if anthropogenic food sources lead to differences in various aspects of foraging including producer-scrounger dynamics. Helen Gormleyis beginning a project on cooperative interventions in schools, trying to finesse group coaching initiatives with reference to the literature on cooperative strategies. Helen sees education as a cooperative endeavour with a variety of investments and pay-outs available. This transactional view of education makes schools an interesting arena in which to study the development of cooperative strategies in adolescents.
Research Outputs & Interests
Tom's core areas of interest are:
Theoretical issues in biological causation
Life history theory
Fertility scheduling/early pregnancy
More recently he has been developing projects around cooperation as a part of the Prosocial Place Programmeand foraging behaviour in gulls with Robert Spencer.