Stu West

Professor of Evolutionary Biology

Magdalen College


Research Interests

I am an evolutionary biologist whose main interest is adaptation, and especially the evolution of social behaviours, such as cooperation, altruism, spite, mutualism, and how these can influence major evolutionary transitions. I use a mixture of techniques including theory, experiment and across species comparative studies. My empirical work has utilised a range of organisms, including bacteria, protozoa, insects (especially parasitoid wasps), fish, birds and mammals. For the most up to date information on what is happening within my research group, see my publications page.

Additional Information

I am the Department of Zoology's Athena Swan Champion.

DPhil (PhD) Opportunities.






Selected Publications