Dr Roger Santer


Dr Roger Santer

Senior Lecturer in Zoology

Department of Life Sciences

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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.


Santer, R, Akanyeti, O, Endler, J, Galván, I & Okal, M, Why are biting flies attracted to blue objects? Supporting Software, 2023, Software, Zenodo. 10.5281/zenodo.7963026
Santer, R, Akanyeti, O, Endler, J, Galván, I & Okal, MN 2023, 'Why are biting flies attracted to blue objects?', Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, vol. 290, no. 2001, 20230463. 10.1098/rspb.2023.0463
Choi, N, Adams, M, Fowler-Finn, K, Knowlton, E, Rosenthal, M, Rundus, A, Santer, R, Wilgers, D & Hebets, EA 2022, 'Increased signal complexity is associated with increased mating success', Biology Letters, vol. 18, no. 5, 20220052, pp. 292-300. 10.1098/rsbl.2022.0052
Kundu, P, Choi, N, Rundus, A, Santer, R & Hebets, EA 2022, 'Uncovering ‘Hidden’ Signals: Previously Presumed Visual Signals Likely Generate Air Particle Movement', Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, vol. 10, 939133. 10.3389/fevo.2022.939133
Santer, RD, Okal, MN, Esterhuizen, J & Torr, SJ 2021, 'Evaluation of improved coloured targets to control riverine tsetse in East Africa: A Bayesian approach', PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, vol. 15, no. 6, e0009463. 10.1371/journal.pntd.0009463
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