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Name Professor John McNamara
Job title Emeritus Professor
Department School of Mathematics University of Bristol
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Telephone number work(0117) 928 7986
Qualifications MA, DPhil(Oxon), MSc(Sus)
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Keywords behavioural ecology
evolutionary biology
life-history theory
evolutionary game theory
Areas of expertise My work attempts to understand how the process of natural selection has shaped the behaviour of organisms. Typically I formalise the decision problem facing an organism in mathematical terms, and applied suitable optimisation techniques to predict the behaviour that will evolve. Particular interests include evolutionary game theory, especially as it applies to mating behaviour; the evolution of psychological mechanisms; and the way in which physiology mediates life-history trade offs, including an organism's rate of ageing.