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.


Santer, R 2019, 'Olfactory and tactile cues can guide near-distance location of a refuge by whip spiders (Arachnida, Amblypygi)', Animal Behaviour. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2019.10.020
Santer, R, Vale, G, Tsikire, D & Torr, S 2019, 'Optimising targets for tsetse control: Taking a fly’s-eye-view to improve the colour of synthetic fabrics', PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, vol. 13, no. 12, e0007905. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0007905
Clancy, LM, Jones, R, Cooper, AL, Griffith, G & Santer, R 2018, 'Dose-dependent behavioural fever responses in desert locusts challenged with the entomopathogenic fungus Metarhizium acridum', Scientific Reports, vol. 8, 14222. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-32524-w
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. https://doi.org/10.1098/rsos.170712
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. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0005448
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