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.


Dose-dependent behavioural fever responses in desert locusts challenged with the entomopathogenic fungus Metarhizium acridumClancy, L. M., Jones, R., Cooper, A., Griffith, G. & Santer, R., 2018 , In : Scientific Reports.8, 14222.
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.
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