Dr Roger Santer PhD

Dr Roger Santer

Lecturer in Zoology

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I studied BSc zoology (1999), and completed a PhD in invertebrate neuroethology (2003), at Newcastle University. Prior to joining IBERS, I had postdoctoral research positions at Newcastle University (2003-2006), and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2006-2008), and a lectureship in biology at the University of Limerick (2008-2010). I joined IBERS as a lecturer in zoology in 2010.



I am interested in animal behaviour, and the neural mechanisms that underlie it. At the moment I am especially interested in understanding visually-guided behaviour, and I mainly conduct my research on insects and arachnids. My investigations use a range of electrophysiological, behavioural, and computational techniques.



Clark, R.C., Santer, R.D., Brebner, J. 2017. A generalized equation for the calculation of receptor noise limited colour distances in n-chromatic visual systems. Royal Society Open Science 4 170712 10.1098/rsos.170712

Clancy, L.M., Cooper, A., Griffith, G., Santer, R. 2017. Increased Male-Male Mounting Behaviour in Desert Locusts during Infection with an Entomopathogenic Fungus. Scientific Reports 7 (1) 5659 10.1038/s41598-017-05800-4 Cadair

Santer, R. 2017. Developing photoreceptor-based models of visual attraction in riverine tsetse, for use in the engineering of more-attractive polyester fabrics for control devices. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases 11 (3) e0005448 10.1371/journal.pntd.0005448 Cadair


Santer, R.D. 2015. A Receptor-Based Explanation for Tsetse Fly Catch Distribution between Coloured Cloth Panels and Flanking Nets. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases 9 (10) e0004121 10.1371/journal.pntd.0004121 Cadair


Santer, R.D. 2014. A Colour Opponent Model That Explains Tsetse Fly Attraction To Visual Baits and Can Be Used To Investigate More Efficacious Bait Materials. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases 8 (12) e3360 10.1371/journal.pntd.0003360 Cadair


Santer, R.D. 2013. Motion dazzle: a locust's eye view. Biology Letters 9 (6) 20130811 10.1098/rsbl.2013.0811 Cadair


Santer, R.D., Rind, F.C., Simmons, P.J. 2012. Predator versus Prey: Locust Looming-Detector Neuron and Behavioural Responses to Stimuli Representing Attacking Bird Predators. PLoS One 7 (11) e50146 10.1371/journal.pone.0050146 Cadair


Santer, R.D., Hebets, E.A. 2011. Evidence for air movement signals in the agonistic behaviour of a nocturnal arachnid (Order Amblypygi). PLoS One 6 (8) e22473 10.1371/journal.pone.0022473 Cadair

Willemart, R.H., Santer, R.D., Spence, A.J., Hebets, E.A. 2011. A sticky situation: Solifugids (Arachnida, Solifugae) use adhesive organs on their pedipalps for prey capture. Journal of Ethology 29 (1) pp. 177-180. 10.1007/s10164-010-0222-4 Cadair

Santer, R.D., Hebets, E.A. 2011. The sensory and behavioural biology of whip spiders (Arachnids, Amblypygi). Advances in Insect Physiology 41 pp. 1-64. 10.1016/B978-0-12-415919-8.00001-X Cadair


Simmons, P.J., Rind, F.C., Santer, R.D. 2010. Escapes with and without preparation: the neuroethology of visual startle in locusts. Journal of Insect Physiology 56 (8) pp. 876-883. 10.1016/j.jinsphys.2010.04.015 Cadair

Rundus, A.S., Santer, R.D., Hebets, E.A. 2010. Multimodal courtship efficacy of Schizocosa retrorsa wolf spiders: implications of an additional signal modality. Behavioral Ecology 21 (4) pp. 701-707. 10.1093/beheco/arq042 Cadair

Yue, S., Santer, R.D., Yamawaki, Y., Rind, F.C. 2010. Reactive direction control for a mobile robot: A locust-like control of escape direction emerges when a bilateral pair of model locust visual neurons are integrated. Autonomous Robots 28 (2) pp. 151-167. 10.1007/s10514-009-9157-4 Cadair


Santer, R., Hebets, E.A. 2009. Tactile learning by a whip spider, Phrynus marginemaculatus C.L. Koch (Arachnida, Amblypygi). Journal of Comparative Physiology A 195 (4) pp. 393-399. 10.1007/s00359-009-0417-8 Cadair

Santer, R.D., Hebets, E.A. 2009. Prey capture by the whip spider Phrynus marginemaculatus C.L. Koch. Journal of Arachnology 37 (1) pp. 109-112. 10.1636/ST07-139.1 Cadair


Rind, F.C., Santer, R.D., Wright, G.A. 2008. Arousal facilitates collision avoidance mediated by a looming-sensitive visual neuron in a flying locust. Journal of Neurophysiology 100 (2) pp. 670-680. 10.1152/jn.01055.2007 Cadair

Santer, R.D., Hebets, E.A. 2008. Agonistic signals received by an arthropod filiform hair allude to the prevalence of near-field sound communication. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 275 pp. 363-368. 10.1098/rspb.2007.1466 Cadair

Santer, R.D., Yamawaki, Y., Rind, F.C., Simmons, P.J. 2008. Preparing for escape: an examination of the role of the DCMD neuron in locust escape jumps. Journal of Comparative Physiology A 194 (1) pp. 69-77. 10.1007/s00359-007-0289-8 Cadair


Stafford, R., Santer, R.D., Rind, F.C. 2007. The role of behavioural ecology in the design of bio-inspired technology. Animal Behaviour 74 (6) pp. 1813-1819. 10.1016/j.anbehav.2007.07.015 Cadair

Stafford, R., Santer, R.D., Rind, F.C. 2007. A bio-inspired visual collision detection mechanism for cars: combining insect inspired neurons to create a robust system. BioSystems 87 (2-3) pp. 164-171. 10.1016/j.biosystems.2006.09.010 Cadair