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Dr Andrew Higginson

Senior Lecturer

 4658

 Washington Singer 124a

 

Washington Singer Laboratories, University of Exeter, Perry Road, Prince of Wales Road, Exeter, EX4 4QG, UK

 Office hours:

Office Hours for Term 2 in 2017/18 are:

• Mondays 11:30-12:30

• Tuesdays 15:30-16:30

Overview

I study the evolution of animal behaviour using a combination of mathematical and computational modelling, behavioural experiments (on humans and other animals) and analysis of large datasets. After a PhD in Behavioural Science at the University of Nottingham I was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Glasgow and the University of Bristol, before being awarded a NERC Independent Research Fellowshp (http://gtr.rcuk.ac.uk/project/522CA395-CC61-4A1B-A26A-325F941A69B7). I am currently a Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Research in Animal Behaviour (CRAB).

 

Qualifications

PhD in Behavioural Science, University of Nottingham(2005)
BSc (Hons) in Behavioural Science, University of Nottingham (2001)

Career

Senior Lecturer, University of Exeter, UK (2015 onwards)
NERC Independent Research Fellow, University of Bristol, UK (2014-15)
Research Associate, University of Bristol, UK (2010-14)
Research Associate, University of Glasgow, UK (2008-10)
Associate Lecturer, University of Derby, UK (2006-7)
 

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Research group links

Research

Research interests

 

  • Evolution of individual differences in social groups
  • Nutrient- and toxin- dependent decision-making
  • Multi-trophic effects of predation
  • Morphological and behavioural defences during growth
  • Sexual signals and conflict

Research grants

  • 2014 NERC
    [url]http://gtr.rcuk.ac.uk/project/522CA395-CC61-4A1B-A26A-325F941A69B7[/url]

Publications

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Publications by category


Journal articles

Higginson AD, Munafò M (In Press). Current Incentives for Scientists Lead to Underpowered Studies with Erroneous Conclusions. PLoS Biology Full text.
Higginson A, Fawcett TW, Houston A, McNamara J (In Press). Trust your gut: using physiological states as a source of information is almost as effective as optimal Bayesian learning. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences Abstract.  Full text.
Kennedy P, Higginson AD, Radford AR, Sumner S (2018). Altruism in a volatile world. Nature Full text.
Rosenström T, Fawcett TW, Higginson AD, Metsä-Simola N, Hagen EH, Houston AI, Martikainen P (2017). Adaptive and non-adaptive models of depression: a comparison using register data on antidepressant medication during divorce. PLoS ONE, 12, e0179495-e0179495. Full text.
Higginson AD (2017). Conflict over non-partitioned resources may explain between-species differences in declines: the anthropogenic competition hypothesis. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 71(7). Abstract.  Full text.
Ito K, McNamara JM, Yamauchi A, Higginson AD (2017). The evolution of cooperation by negotiation in a noisy world. J Evol Biol, 30(3), 603-615. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Halpin CG, Skelhorn J, Rowe C, Ruxton GD, Higginson AD (2017). The impact of detoxification costs and predation risk on foraging: Implications for mimicry dynamics. PLoS ONE, 12(1). Abstract.
Higginson AD, McNamara JM, Dall SRX (2017). Towards a behavioural ecology of obesity. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 40, e118-e118. Full text.
English S, Fawcett TW, Higginson AD, Trimmer PC, Uller T (2016). Adaptive Use of Information during Growth can Explain Long-Term Effects of Early Life Experiences. The American Naturalist, 187(5), 620-632. Full text.
Higginson AD, McNamara JM (2016). An adaptive response to uncertainty can lead to weight gain during dieting attempts. Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health, 2016(1), 369-380. Full text.
Higginson AD, Fawcett TW (2016). Comment on 'Are physicists afraid of mathematics?'. New Journal of Physics Full text.
Higginson AD, McNamara JM, Houston AI (2016). Fatness and fitness: Exposing the logic of evolutionary explanations for obesity. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 283(1822), 1-9. Abstract.  Full text.
Mcnamara JM, Higginson AD, Verhulst S (2016). The influence of the starvation-predation trade-off on the relationship between ambient temperature and body size among endotherms. Journal of Biogeography, 43(4), 809-819. Abstract.
Trimmer PC, Higginson AD, Fawcett TW, McNamara JM, Houston AI (2015). Adaptive learning can result in a failure to profit from good conditions: implications for understanding depression. Evol Med Public Health, 2015(1), 123-135. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
McNamara JM, Houston AI, Higginson AD (2015). Costs of foraging predispose animals to obesity-related mortality when food is constantly abundant. PLoS ONE, 10(11). Abstract.
Higginson AD, Fawcett TW, Houston AI (2015). Evolution of a flexible rule for foraging that copes with environmental variation. Current Zoology, 61(2), 303-312. Abstract.  Full text.
Higginson AD, Speed MP, Ruxton GD (2015). Florivory as an Opportunity Benefit of Aposematism. The American Naturalist, 186(6), 728-741.
Higginson AD, Ruxton GD (2015). Foraging mode switching: the importance of prey distribution and foraging currency. Animal Behaviour, 105, 121-137. Full text.
Fawcett TW, Marshall JAR, Higginson AD (2015). The evolution of mechanisms underlying behaviour. Current Zoology, 61(2), 221-225. Full text.
Higginson AD, Houston AI (2015). The influence of the food–predation trade-off on the foraging behaviour of central-place foragers. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 69(4), 551-561. Full text.
Wilkinson GS, Breden F, Mank JE, Ritchie MG, Higginson AD, Radwan J, Jaquiery J, Salzburger W, Arriero E, Barribeau SM, et al (2015). The locus of sexual selection: moving sexual selection studies into the post-genomics era. J Evol Biol, 28(4), 739-755. Abstract.  Author URL.
Fawcett TW, Fallenstein B, Higginson AD, Houston AI, Mallpress DEW, Trimmer PC, McNamara JM, Grp MAD (2014). The evolution of decision rules in complex environments. TRENDS IN COGNITIVE SCIENCES, 18(3), 153-161. Author URL.  Full text.
Higginson AD, McNamara JM, Houston AI (2014). The starvation–predation trade-off shapes the strategic use of protein for energy during fasting. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 359, 208-219.
Higginson AD, Fawcett TW, Trimmer PC, McNamara JM, Houston AI (2012). Generalized Optimal Risk Allocation: Foraging and Antipredator Behavior in a Fluctuating Environment. AMERICAN NATURALIST, 180(5), 589-603. Author URL.
Fawcett TW, Higginson AD (2012). Heavy use of equations impedes communication among biologists. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 109(29), 11735-11739. Author URL.
Houston AI, Trimmer PC, Fawcett TW, Higginson AD, Marshall JAR, McNamara JM (2012). Is optimism optimal? Functional causes of apparent behavioural biases. BEHAVIOURAL PROCESSES, 89(2), 172-178. Author URL.
Fawcett TW, Higginson AD (2012). Reply to Chitnis and Smith, Fernandes, Gibbons, and Kane: Communicating theory effectively requires more explanation, not fewer equations. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 109(45), E3058-E3059. Author URL.
Higginson AD, Ruxton GD, Skelhorn J (2010). The impact of flower-dwelling predators on host plant reproductive success. Oecologia, 164(2), 411-421. Abstract.  Author URL.

Internet publications

Higginson AD, Fawcett TW (2016). Statistical Analysis of the Effect of Equations on Citations.  Abstract. Web link.

Publications by year


In Press

Higginson AD, Munafò M (In Press). Current Incentives for Scientists Lead to Underpowered Studies with Erroneous Conclusions. PLoS Biology Full text.
Higginson A, Fawcett TW, Houston A, McNamara J (In Press). Trust your gut: using physiological states as a source of information is almost as effective as optimal Bayesian learning. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences Abstract.  Full text.

2018

Kennedy P, Higginson AD, Radford AR, Sumner S (2018). Altruism in a volatile world. Nature Full text.

2017

Rosenström T, Fawcett TW, Higginson AD, Metsä-Simola N, Hagen EH, Houston AI, Martikainen P (2017). Adaptive and non-adaptive models of depression: a comparison using register data on antidepressant medication during divorce. PLoS ONE, 12, e0179495-e0179495. Full text.
Higginson AD (2017). Conflict over non-partitioned resources may explain between-species differences in declines: the anthropogenic competition hypothesis. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 71(7). Abstract.  Full text.
Ito K, McNamara JM, Yamauchi A, Higginson AD (2017). The evolution of cooperation by negotiation in a noisy world. J Evol Biol, 30(3), 603-615. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Halpin CG, Skelhorn J, Rowe C, Ruxton GD, Higginson AD (2017). The impact of detoxification costs and predation risk on foraging: Implications for mimicry dynamics. PLoS ONE, 12(1). Abstract.
Higginson AD, McNamara JM, Dall SRX (2017). Towards a behavioural ecology of obesity. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 40, e118-e118. Full text.

2016

English S, Fawcett TW, Higginson AD, Trimmer PC, Uller T (2016). Adaptive Use of Information during Growth can Explain Long-Term Effects of Early Life Experiences. The American Naturalist, 187(5), 620-632. Full text.
Higginson AD, McNamara JM (2016). An adaptive response to uncertainty can lead to weight gain during dieting attempts. Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health, 2016(1), 369-380. Full text.
Higginson AD, Fawcett TW (2016). Comment on 'Are physicists afraid of mathematics?'. New Journal of Physics Full text.
Higginson AD, McNamara JM, Houston AI (2016). Fatness and fitness: Exposing the logic of evolutionary explanations for obesity. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 283(1822), 1-9. Abstract.  Full text.
Higginson AD, Fawcett TW (2016). Statistical Analysis of the Effect of Equations on Citations.  Abstract. Web link.
Mcnamara JM, Higginson AD, Verhulst S (2016). The influence of the starvation-predation trade-off on the relationship between ambient temperature and body size among endotherms. Journal of Biogeography, 43(4), 809-819. Abstract.

2015

Trimmer PC, Higginson AD, Fawcett TW, McNamara JM, Houston AI (2015). Adaptive learning can result in a failure to profit from good conditions: implications for understanding depression. Evol Med Public Health, 2015(1), 123-135. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
McNamara JM, Houston AI, Higginson AD (2015). Costs of foraging predispose animals to obesity-related mortality when food is constantly abundant. PLoS ONE, 10(11). Abstract.
Higginson AD, Fawcett TW, Houston AI (2015). Evolution of a flexible rule for foraging that copes with environmental variation. Current Zoology, 61(2), 303-312. Abstract.  Full text.
Higginson AD, Speed MP, Ruxton GD (2015). Florivory as an Opportunity Benefit of Aposematism. The American Naturalist, 186(6), 728-741.
Higginson AD, Ruxton GD (2015). Foraging mode switching: the importance of prey distribution and foraging currency. Animal Behaviour, 105, 121-137. Full text.
Fawcett TW, Marshall JAR, Higginson AD (2015). The evolution of mechanisms underlying behaviour. Current Zoology, 61(2), 221-225. Full text.
Higginson AD, Houston AI (2015). The influence of the food–predation trade-off on the foraging behaviour of central-place foragers. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 69(4), 551-561. Full text.
Wilkinson GS, Breden F, Mank JE, Ritchie MG, Higginson AD, Radwan J, Jaquiery J, Salzburger W, Arriero E, Barribeau SM, et al (2015). The locus of sexual selection: moving sexual selection studies into the post-genomics era. J Evol Biol, 28(4), 739-755. Abstract.  Author URL.

2014

Fawcett TW, Fallenstein B, Higginson AD, Houston AI, Mallpress DEW, Trimmer PC, McNamara JM, Grp MAD (2014). The evolution of decision rules in complex environments. TRENDS IN COGNITIVE SCIENCES, 18(3), 153-161. Author URL.  Full text.
Higginson AD, McNamara JM, Houston AI (2014). The starvation–predation trade-off shapes the strategic use of protein for energy during fasting. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 359, 208-219.

2012

Higginson AD, Fawcett TW, Trimmer PC, McNamara JM, Houston AI (2012). Generalized Optimal Risk Allocation: Foraging and Antipredator Behavior in a Fluctuating Environment. AMERICAN NATURALIST, 180(5), 589-603. Author URL.
Fawcett TW, Higginson AD (2012). Heavy use of equations impedes communication among biologists. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 109(29), 11735-11739. Author URL.
Houston AI, Trimmer PC, Fawcett TW, Higginson AD, Marshall JAR, McNamara JM (2012). Is optimism optimal? Functional causes of apparent behavioural biases. BEHAVIOURAL PROCESSES, 89(2), 172-178. Author URL.
Fawcett TW, Higginson AD (2012). Reply to Chitnis and Smith, Fernandes, Gibbons, and Kane: Communicating theory effectively requires more explanation, not fewer equations. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 109(45), E3058-E3059. Author URL.

2010

Higginson AD, Ruxton GD, Skelhorn J (2010). The impact of flower-dwelling predators on host plant reproductive success. Oecologia, 164(2), 411-421. Abstract.  Author URL.

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Teaching

I teach Advanced Statistics, Animal Behaviour, and Theory of Behaviour. 

Modules

2019/20


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