Dr Swidbert R. Ott
Department of Neuroscience
University of Leicester
Lecturer in Animal Biology
I am interested in how the behaviour of an animal is shaped by the interactions between its evolutionary history, its individual history (past experience), and the present environment that it finds itself in. Some major themes in my current work are what molecular, neuronal and neurochemical mechanisms mediate phenotypic plasticity of behaviour how the capacity for behavioural plasticity is itself plastic, and modified by experience, on the phylogenetic and ontogenetic scale how simple mechanistic rules and environmental feedback mechanisms facilitate the coordination of adaptive behaviour what changes in brain structure underpin adaptive behavioural changes
Rogers SM, Cullen DA, Anstey ML, Burrows M, Ott SR, et al., (2014). Rapid behavioural gregarization in the desert locust, Schistocerca gregaria entails synchronous changes in both activity and attraction to conspecifics. 65(100):9–26.