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Professor Andrew Radford

Professor of Behavioural Ecology

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

Welcome | Research Overview | Funding Sources| Recent News| Opportunities | Selected Publications


Image of Prof. 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 to Robin Southon on submitting his PhD thesis entitled 'The Adaptive Value of Males in Simple Eusocial Insect Societies'.
  • Welcome to Josh Arbon and Emily Richens who have both started their Masters by Research with Andy in Bristol.
  • Welcome to Kieran McCloskey (PhD) and Emma Weschke (Masters by Research) who have joined the group (based in Exeter with Steve Simpson) to work on impacts of anthropogenic noise in fish.
  • New paper published complete with front cover: Marshall, A.R., Brown, G. & Radford, A.N. Individual confidence-weighting and group decision-making. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 32: 636–645.
  • New paper accepted in Proceedings of the Royal Society, Series B: Herbert-Read, J.E., Kremer, L., Bruintjes, R., Radford, A.N. & Ioannou, C.C. Anthropogenic noise pollution from pile-driving disrupts the structure and dynamics of fish shoals.
  • Ines, Patrick, Robin and Emma all presented work at the excellent Behaviour 2017 Conference in Estoril, Portugal.
  • Congratulations to Tim Gordon on winning first prize for the best student presentation at the FSBI 50th Anniversary Symposium.
  • Congratulations to Isla Davison on winning third prize for her oral presentation at the FSBI 50th Anniversary Symposium .
  • Harry, Isla, Sophie, Tim, Will and Andy all presented work at the excellent FSBI 50th Anniversary Symposium in Exeter, which was masterfully organised and run by Steve Simpson.
  • New paper published: Nedelec, S.L., Mills, S.C., Radford, A.N., Beldade, R., Simpson, S.D., Nedelec, B. & Côté, I.M. Motorboat noise disrupts co-operative interspecific interactions. Scientific Reports 7: 6987.
  • New paper published: Collier, K., Radford, A.N., Townsend, S.W. & Manser, M.B. Wild dwarf mongooses produce general alert and predator-specific alarm calls. Behavioral Ecology Online early.
  • New paper published: Nedelec S.L., Radford A.N., Pearl L., Nedelec B., McCormick M.I., Meekan M.G. & Simpson S.D. Motorboat noise impacts parental behaviour and offspring survival in a reef fish. Proceedings of the Royal Society, Series B 284: 20170143.
  • Welcome back to Dr Sophie Nedelec, who will be working as a NERC-funded PDRA on the impacts of anthropogenic noise on reproduction and survival.
  • Congratulations to Harry Suter on the award of an ASAB Undergraduate Project Scholarship to investigate 'Intra-population variation in behavioural responses to anthropogenic noise: the importance of personality and repeated exposure' as part of the Dwarf Mongoose Research Project.
  • Congratulations to Isla Davidson on the award of an FSBI grant to study ‘Alarm-calling behaviour in coral reef fish in response to predator threats’.
  • New paper published: Kern, J.M., Laker, P. & Radford, A.N. Contextual variation in alarm-call responses of dwarf mongooses (Helogale parvula). Animal Behaviour 127: 43–51.
  • Congratulations to Emma Eastcott on the award of an ASAB conference grant to attend Behaviour2017 in summer 2017.
  • Welcome to Dr Susanne Schindler, who will be working as an ERC-funded PDRA on the evolutionary consequences of out-group conflict.
  • New paper published: Morris-Drake, A., Bracken, A.M., Kern, J.M. & Radford, A.N. Anthropogenic noise alters dwarf mongoose responses to heterospecific alarm calls. Environmental Pollution 223: 476–483.
  • Welcome to Dr Ines Goncalves, who will be working as an ERC-funded PDRA on social conflict and its consequences in cichlid fish.
  • Congratulations to Francesca Dawson Pell who has successfully defended her Masters by Research thesis – 'Use of heterospecific social information by Australian magpies, Cracticus tibicen' ¬– with minor corrections. Thanks to Profs Darren Croft (Exeter) and Innes Cuthill for acting as examiners.
  • Welcome back to PhD student Amy Morris-Drake, who will be working on social conflict and its consequences on the Dwarf Mongoose Research Project.
  • New paper published: Radford, A.N., Majolo, B. & Aureli, F. (2016) Within-group behavioural consequences of between-group conflict: a prospective review. Proceedings of the Royal Society, Series B 283: 20161567.
  • New £508k NERC Grant awarded to Steve Simpson (University of Exeter) and Andy Radford to study ‘Impacts of anthropogenic noise on reproduction and survival’ has started.
  • New paper published: Kern, J.M. & Radford, A.N. (2016) Social-bond strength influences vocally-mediated recruitment to mobbing. Biology Letters 12: 20160648
  • New paper published: Morris-Drake, A., Kern, J.M & Radford, A.N. (2016) Cross-modal impacts of anthropogenic noise on information use. Current Biology 26: R911–R912.
  • Congratulations to Emily Armstrong-Smith on successfully completing her Masters by Research on ‘Damselfish in Distress: an exploration of context-dependent stress responses of coral reef fish exposed to anthropogenic noise’; thanks to Suzie Mills (Perpignan) and Ceri Lewis (Exeter) for acting as examiners.
  • Fantastic media coverage (numerous tv and radio interviews, newspapers, etc.) for our anthropogenic noise work following extensive interviews with Steve, Harry and Tim as part of NERC’s ‘Into the Blue’ event in Liverpool.


    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.