Dr Roger Santer


Dr Roger Santer

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.


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. 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
Santer, R 2019, 'Olfactory and tactile cues can guide near-distance location of a refuge by whip spiders (Arachnida, Amblypygi)', Animal Behaviour, vol. 158, pp. e1-e2. 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. 10.1371/journal.pntd.0007905
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