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.


A generalized equation for the calculation of receptor noise limited colour distances in n-chromatic visual systemsClark, R. C., Santer, R. D. & Brebner, J. 2017 In : Royal Society Open Science.4, 170712
Increased Male-Male Mounting Behaviour in Desert Locusts during Infection with an Entomopathogenic FungusClancy, L. M., Cooper, A., Griffith, G. & Santer, R. 2017 In : Scientific Reports.7, 1, 5659
Developing photoreceptor-based models of visual attraction in riverine tsetse, for use in the engineering of more-attractive polyester fabrics for control devicesSanter, R. 2017 In : PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases.11, 3, e0005448
A Receptor-Based Explanation for Tsetse Fly Catch Distribution between Coloured Cloth Panels and Flanking NetsSanter, R. D. 2015 In : PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases.9, 10, e0004121
A Colour Opponent Model That Explains Tsetse Fly Attraction To Visual Baits and Can Be Used To Investigate More Efficacious Bait MaterialsSanter, R. D. 2014 In : PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases.8, 12, e3360
Motion dazzle: a locust's eye viewSanter, R. D. 2013 In : Biology Letters.9, 6, 20130811
Predator versus Prey: Locust Looming-Detector Neuron and Behavioural Responses to Stimuli Representing Attacking Bird PredatorsSanter, R. D., Rind, F. C. & Simmons, P. J. 2012 In : PLoS One.7, 11, 11 p., e50146
Evidence for air movement signals in the agonistic behaviour of a nocturnal arachnid (Order Amblypygi)Santer, R. D. & Hebets, E. A. 2011 In : PLoS One.6, 8, e22473
A sticky situation: Solifugids (Arachnida, Solifugae) use adhesive organs on their pedipalps for prey captureWillemart, R. H., Santer, R. D., Spence, A. J. & Hebets, E. A. 2011 In : Journal of Ethology.29, 1, p. 177-1804 p.
The sensory and behavioural biology of whip spiders (Arachnids, Amblypygi)Santer, R. D. & Hebets, E. A. 2011 In : Advances in Insect Physiology.41, p. 1-6464 p.
Escapes with and without preparation: the neuroethology of visual startle in locusts.Simmons, P. J., Rind, F. C. & Santer, R. D. 2010 In : Journal of Insect Physiology.56, 8, p. 876-8838 p.
Multimodal courtship efficacy of Schizocosa retrorsa wolf spiders: implications of an additional signal modalityRundus, A. S., Santer, R. D. & Hebets, E. A. 2010 In : Behavioral Ecology.21, 4, p. 701-7077 p.
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.Yue, S., Santer, R. D., Yamawaki, Y. & Rind, F. C. 2010 In : Autonomous Robots.28, 2, p. 151-16717 p.
Tactile learning by a whip spider, Phrynus marginemaculatus C.L. Koch (Arachnida, Amblypygi)Santer, R. & Hebets, E. A. 2009 In : Journal of Comparative Physiology A.195, 4, p. 393-3997 p.
Prey capture by the whip spider Phrynus marginemaculatus C.L. KochSanter, R. D. & Hebets, E. A. 2009 In : Journal of Arachnology.37, 1, p. 109-1124 p.
Arousal facilitates collision avoidance mediated by a looming-sensitive visual neuron in a flying locustRind, F. C., Santer, R. D. & Wright, G. A. 2008 In : Journal of Neurophysiology.100, 2, p. 670-68011 p.
Agonistic signals received by an arthropod filiform hair allude to the prevalence of near-field sound communicationSanter, R. D. & Hebets, E. A. 2008 In : Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences.275, p. 363-3686 p.
Preparing for escape: an examination of the role of the DCMD neuron in locust escape jumpsSanter, R. D., Yamawaki, Y., Rind, F. C. & Simmons, P. J. 2008 In : Journal of Comparative Physiology A.194, 1, p. 69-779 p.
The role of behavioural ecology in the design of bio-inspired technologyStafford, R., Santer, R. D. & Rind, F. C. 2007 In : Animal Behaviour.74, 6, p. 1813-18197 p.
A bio-inspired visual collision detection mechanism for cars: combining insect inspired neurons to create a robust systemStafford, R., Santer, R. D. & Rind, F. C. 2007 In : BioSystems.87, 2-3, p. 164-171