About

This blog provides information for a general audience interested in animal behaviour.

Tristram Wyatt:  I am a zoologist based at the University of Oxford where I am a senior research associate and emeritus fellow of Kellogg College. My new book Animal Behaviour: a Very Short Introduction was published by OUP earlier in 2017.

My main research interest is in the evolution of pheromones (molecules used for chemical communication) and animal behaviour. The second edition of my book Pheromones and Animal Behavior, published by Cambridge University Press, won the Best Postgraduate Textbook Award of the Royal Society of Biology 2014.

The aim of the 2014 book is to provide a synthesis of the subject, bridging the divides between chemists and biologists, between those studying vertebrates and invertebrates, between ecologists, molecular biologists and neurobiologists, and most importantly, giving the whole an evolutionary context.

I have done a popular TEDx talk on the Smelly Mystery of Human Pheromones which has been viewed 1 million times (transcripts in 25 languages).   There’s a March 2015 blog by me about how a corporation created a human pheromones myth at the Guardian Science blog.

[The wildebeast image is by Bjørn Christian Tørrissen CC-BY]