Photograph of Dr Roger Santer.Dr Roger Santer

Lecturer in Zoology


Office: 1.16 New IBERS Building, Penglais Campus
Phone: +44(0)1970 628776


Deputy degree scheme coordinator for BSc Animal Behaviour

Member of Marketing and Admissions Committee

Department Disability Coordinator

Teaching Areas

BR11520 Animal Diversity

BR12410 Study and Communication Skills

BR12210 Molecular Laboratory Skills

BR13110 Animal Life

BR13320 Applied Animal Biology

BR21620 Ethology (module coordinator)

BR22410 Advances in Invertebrate Zoology

BR32910 Freshwater Biology Field Course

BR31510 Brains and Behaviour (module coordinator)

BR32300 Dissertation

BR33010 Marine Biology Field Course


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.


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.

Staff Links



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


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


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


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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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: Neuroethology, Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology Journal of Comparative Physiology A 194 (1) pp. 69-77. 10.1007/s00359-007-0289-8


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

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