Stuart West

Stuart West

Department of Zoology

Research Interests

I study adaptation, and especially the evolution of social behaviours, such as cooperation, altruism, spite, and mutualism. My current main focus is how cooperation has driven major evolutionary transitions, such as that from genes to genomes, prokaryotes to eukaryotes, single celled to multi-celled organisms  and solitary to eusocial animals. I use a mixture of techniques including theory, experiment and across species comparative studies. My empirical work has utilised a range of organisms, including algae, bacteria, protozoa, insects (especially parasitoid wasps), fish, birds and mammals. Most current work in my lab is based around theory and microbes.


Associated Research Streams

altruism, cooperation, adaptation, major evolutionary transitions, social evolution, mutualism

Stuart West

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    Department of Zoology
    Zoology Research and Administration Building
    11a Mansfield Road
    OX1 3SZ