Dr Roger Santer PhD
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.
- BR31510 - Behavioural Neurobiology
- BR13320 - Applied Animal Biology
- BR21620 - Ethology
- BR13300 - Applied Animal Biology
- BR22410 - Advances in Invertebrate Zoology
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.
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 Cadair2017.
A Receptor-Based Explanation for Tsetse Fly Catch Distribution between Coloured Cloth Panels and Flanking Nets. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases 9 (10) e0004121 Cadair2015.
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 Cadair2014.
Predator versus Prey: Locust Looming-Detector Neuron and Behavioural Responses to Stimuli Representing Attacking Bird Predators. PLoS One 7 (11) e50146 Cadair2012.
Evidence for air movement signals in the agonistic behaviour of a nocturnal arachnid (Order Amblypygi). PLoS One 6 (8) e22473 Cadair2011.
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. 151-167.2010.