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Dr Andrew Radford

Reader in Behavioural Ecology

Tel: +44 117 394 1197
Email: andy.radford at

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Image of Dr Andy Radford

Hello! I am a behavioural biologist based at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol.

I hope you enjoy browsing the website, finding out about the exciting questions we ask and study systems we work on.

If you would like to know more or would like the opportunity to work with us, don’t hesitate to get in touch.


Close up of pied babbler, Turdoides bicolor Close up of dwarf mongoose, Helogale parvula

One main theme of our research concerns the behaviour and vocalisations of social animals. Using a combination of observational data, sound recordings and a variety of experimental manipulations, we work on several different bird, mammal, fish and invertebrate study systems in captivity and around the world (South Africa, Australia, Panama, Trinidad), including the Dwarf Mongoose Research Project which we established in 2011. We are also now starting to work with robots!

Close up of shore crab, Carcinus maenas Close up of social fish!

The second major theme of our research concerns the potential impact of anthropogenic noise. Using a combination of laboratory and field experiments (in Scotland, France, French Polynesia and Australia), we are considering how this global pollutant affects the behaviour, physiology and development of a variety of fish and invertebrate species.


We are extremely grateful to the following for funding:

Funding sources


  • Congratulations Amy Morris-Drake on passing her Masters by Research viva on ‘The effect of anthropogenic noise on the anti-predator behaviour of dwarf mongooses (Helogale parvula)’ with minor corrections; thanks to Wouter Halfwerk (Amsterdam) and Gareth Jones for acting as examiners.
  • New paper accepted in Global Change Biology: Repeated exposure reduces the response to impulsive noise in European seabass.
  • New paper accepted in Environmental Pollution: Repeated exposure to noise increases tolerance in a coral reef fish.
  • New paper accepted in Behavioral Ecology: Rival group scent induces changes in dwarf mongoose immediate behaviour and subsequent movement.
  • New paper published: Lifespan and reproductive cost explain interspecific variation in the optimal onset of reproduction. Evolution 70: 296–313.
  • Andy awarded a €2 million ERC Consolidator Grant to study the ‘Consequences of out-group conflict’.
  • New paper published: Simpson, S.D., Radford, A.N., Nedelec, S.L., Ferrari, M.C.O., Chivers, D.P., McCormick, M.I. & Meekan, M.G. (2016) Anthropogenic noise increases fish mortality by predation. Nature Communications 7: 10544.
  • Congratulations to Emily Bell on successfully defending her PhD thesis entitled ‘How did sociality evolve? Phenotypic plasticity and the origins of castes in eusocial insects’; thanks to Andrew Bourke (UEA) and Jon Bridle for acting as examiners.
  • New paper published: Nedelec, S.L., Campbell, J., Radford, A.N., Simpson, S.D. & Merchant, N.D. (2016) Particle motion: the missing link in underwater acoustic ecology. Methods in Ecology & Evolution Online early.
  • Congratulations to Lauren Fear on passing her Masters by Research viva on ‘The ecology of fear and anthropogenic noise’ with minor corrections; thanks to Suzie Mills (Perpignan) and Nick Roberts for acting as examiners.
  • New paper published: Kern, J.M., Sumner, S. & Radford, A.N. (2016) Sentinel dominance status influences forager use of social information. Behavioral Ecology Online early.
  • New paper published: Purser, J., Bruintjes, R., Simpson, S.D. & Radford, A.N. (2016) Condition-dependent physiological and behavioural responses to anthropogenic noise. Physiology & Behaviour 155: 157–161.
  • New paper published: Bruintjes, R., Lynton-Jenkins, J., Jones, J.W. & Radford, A.N. (2016) Out-group threat promotes within-group affiliation in a cooperative fish. The American Naturalist 187: 274–282.
  • Congratulations to Sophie and Brendan on the birth of their son, Robin.
  • Congratulations to Huiling Ouyang on receiving the John Carter Award for her 'excellent' conference talk entitled ' Impact of nano-TiO2 on estuarine benthic diatoms', presented at the Diatom Meeting at UCL.
  • Andy gives the opening plenary talk, on ‘The impacts of anthropogenic noise in the marine environment’, at the 12th Congress of the Portuguese Society of Ethology.
  • Welcome to new PhD students Harry Harding, Victoria Lee, Sandra Medina and Sam Smithers, and to new Masters by Research students Francesca Dawson-Pell and Sam Morris.
  • New paper published: Nedelec, S.L., Simpson, S.D., Morley, E.L., Nedelec, B. & Radford, A.N. (2015) Impacts of regular and random noise on the behaviour, growth and development of larval Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua). Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B 282: 20151943.
  • Congratulations to Sophie Nedelec on passing her PhD viva with minor corrections; thanks to Hans Slabbekoorn (Leiden) and Innes Cuthill for acting as examiners.
  • Congratulations to Charlotte Christensen on passing her Masters by Research viva with minor corrections; thanks to Andy Young (Exeter) and Andy Higginson for acting as examiners.
  • Julie Kern and Anna Davies give well-received talks at Behaviour2015 in Cairns, Australia.
  • New grant from the Australian Research Council awarded to Rob Magrath, Esteban Fernandez-Juricic & Andy Radford to investigate how birds learn to acquire information from the calls of other species.
  • Congratulations to Julie Kern (highly commended talk) and Charlotte Christensen (poster prize) who presented their mongoose work so well at the Easter ASAB conference, Durham.
  • Katie Rapson awarded an ASAB undergraduate project scholarship to work with us on the Dwarf Mongoose Research Project .
  • New paper published: Simpson, S.D., Purser, J. & Radford, A.N. (2015) Anthropogenic noise compromises anti-predator behaviour in European eels. Global Change Biology 21: 586–593.
  • Crowdfunding effort to support the Dwarf Mongoose Project successful. Thanks to all those who generously pledged; we hope you enjoy your rewards!
  • Congratulations to Sophie Nedelec on being awarded an Alumni Association Student Award for her outstanding contributions to public engagement and widening participation.
  • New videos by Steve and Andy on issues relating to anthropogenic noise: The value of combining different scientific methods and The knowledge exchange approach.
  • Steve and Rick describe our recent large-scale anthropogenic noise experiment on a NERC podcast .


    If you are interested in potential PhD, Masters or intern opportunities, then please feel free to email through a cover letter and cv. Specific projects will be advertised here when available; self-funded applicants welcome to apply any time.

    We are always keen to host fellows (those funded by Marie Curie, NERC and the Swiss National Science Foundation have recently finished their fellowships with us) or to discuss new collaborative ideas, so don’t hesitate to get in touch.

    We often take on research assistants to help with our work, including at various fieldsites and in the Bristol-based aquarium facility; specific positions will be advertised here.


    Full list of publications with links to pdf files.