Dr Roger Santer


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, RC, Santer, RD & Brebner, J 2017, 'A generalized equation for the calculation of receptor noise limited colour distances in n-chromatic visual systems' Royal Society Open Science, vol 4, 170712. DOI: 10.1098/rsos.170712
Clancy, LM, Cooper, A, Griffith, G & Santer, R 2017, 'Increased Male-Male Mounting Behaviour in Desert Locusts during Infection with an Entomopathogenic Fungus' Scientific Reports, vol 7, no. 1, 5659. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-05800-4
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, vol 11, no. 3, e0005448. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0005448
Santer, RD 2015, 'A Receptor-Based Explanation for Tsetse Fly Catch Distribution between Coloured Cloth Panels and Flanking Nets' PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, vol 9, no. 10, e0004121. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0004121
Santer, RD 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, vol 8, no. 12, e3360. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0003360
Santer, RD 2013, 'Motion dazzle: a locust's eye view' Biology Letters, vol 9, no. 6, 20130811 . DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2013.0811
Santer, RD, Rind, FC & Simmons, PJ 2012, 'Predator versus Prey: Locust Looming-Detector Neuron and Behavioural Responses to Stimuli Representing Attacking Bird Predators' PLoS One, vol 7, no. 11, e50146. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0050146
Santer, RD & Hebets, EA 2011, 'Evidence for air movement signals in the agonistic behaviour of a nocturnal arachnid (Order Amblypygi)' PLoS One, vol 6, no. 8, e22473. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0022473
Willemart, RH, Santer, RD, Spence, AJ & Hebets, EA 2011, 'A sticky situation: Solifugids (Arachnida, Solifugae) use adhesive organs on their pedipalps for prey capture' Journal of Ethology, vol 29, no. 1, pp. 177-180. DOI: 10.1007/s10164-010-0222-4
Santer, RD & Hebets, EA 2011, 'The sensory and behavioural biology of whip spiders (Arachnids, Amblypygi)' Advances in Insect Physiology, vol 41, pp. 1-64. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-415919-8.00001-X
Simmons, PJ, Rind, FC & Santer, RD 2010, 'Escapes with and without preparation: the neuroethology of visual startle in locusts.' Journal of Insect Physiology, vol 56, no. 8, pp. 876-883. DOI: 10.1016/j.jinsphys.2010.04.015
Rundus, AS, Santer, RD & Hebets, EA 2010, 'Multimodal courtship efficacy of Schizocosa retrorsa wolf spiders: implications of an additional signal modality' Behavioral Ecology, vol 21, no. 4, pp. 701-707. DOI: 10.1093/beheco/arq042
Yue, S, Santer, RD, Yamawaki, Y & Rind, FC 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, vol 28, no. 2, pp. 151-167. DOI: 10.1007/s10514-009-9157-4
Santer, R & Hebets, EA 2009, 'Tactile learning by a whip spider, Phrynus marginemaculatus C.L. Koch (Arachnida, Amblypygi)' Journal of Comparative Physiology A, vol 195, no. 4, pp. 393-399. DOI: 10.1007/s00359-009-0417-8
Santer, RD & Hebets, EA 2009, 'Prey capture by the whip spider Phrynus marginemaculatus C.L. Koch' Journal of Arachnology, vol 37, no. 1, pp. 109-112. DOI: 10.1636/ST07-139.1
Rind, FC, Santer, RD & Wright, GA 2008, 'Arousal facilitates collision avoidance mediated by a looming-sensitive visual neuron in a flying locust' Journal of Neurophysiology, vol 100, no. 2, pp. 670-680. DOI: 10.1152/jn.01055.2007
Santer, RD & Hebets, EA 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, vol 275, pp. 363-368. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2007.1466
Santer, RD, Yamawaki, Y, Rind, FC & Simmons, PJ 2008, 'Preparing for escape: an examination of the role of the DCMD neuron in locust escape jumps' Journal of Comparative Physiology A, vol 194, no. 1, pp. 69-77. DOI: 10.1007/s00359-007-0289-8
Stafford, R, Santer, RD & Rind, FC 2007, 'The role of behavioural ecology in the design of bio-inspired technology' Animal Behaviour, vol 74, no. 6, pp. 1813-1819. DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2007.07.015
Stafford, R, Santer, RD & Rind, FC 2007, 'A bio-inspired visual collision detection mechanism for cars: combining insect inspired neurons to create a robust system' BioSystems, vol 87, no. 2-3, pp. 164-171. DOI: 10.1016/j.biosystems.2006.09.010