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Dr Joe Wilde

Dr Joe Wilde

Postdoctoral Researcher

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


I studied my BSc with Hons. in Biology at the University of Nottingham, completing my second year at the University of Toronto. I then studied my MSc in Animal Behaviour at the University of Exeter. While studying these degrees, I developed a keen interest in ecology & evolution, and how these relate to behaviour.

I have also worked as a research assistant for multiple research groups, such as the PEC group and the Qvarnström Flycatcher Project.

I have a keen interest in the intersection (and sometimes disconnect between) between evolutionary theory and what we observe in nature, as well as the ultimate explanations of the diversity of behaviour. I am also interested in improving statistical techniques to advance the ways in which we can analyse behavioural data. 

I completed my NERC-funded PhD research at the University of Exeter, as part of the CRAB group studying tactical adjustment of dynamic courtship behaviours using state-dependent dynamic game models and data collected from a wild population of fiddler crabs (Afruca tangeri), supervised by Dr Tim Fawcett and Dr Safi Darden. I investigated how male fiddler crabs adjust their courtship behaviours in response to internal (such as their energetic state) and external (such as levels of intra-sexual competition) factors.

I am now working as a postdoctoral research associate with Dr Joah Madden, funded by APHA and BASC and working with GWCT, to analyse and model released game bird dispersal. 


  • PSY2214 - Observations and Experiments in Animal Behaviour
  • PSY2217 - Wild Behaviour
  • PSYM208 - Animal Behaviour Research Skills
  • PSYM201 - Advanced Statistics
  • Statistics helpdesk


BSc with Hons. in Biology (2012 - 2015) – University of Nottingham & University of Toronto

MSc in Animal Behaviour (2016 - 2018) – University of Exeter (Distinction)

PhD in Animal Behaviour (2019 - 2023) – University of Exeter

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Journal articles

Wilde JA, Rodríguez-Muñoz R, Darden SK, Tregenza T, Fawcett TW (2023). Signalling males increase or decrease their calling effort according to the proximity of rivals in a wild cricket. Animal Behaviour, 203, 53-61. Abstract.

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