Professor James Marshall

Professor of Theoretical and Computational Biology

Telephone: +44 (0) 114 222 1832

Head of the Complex Systems Modelling, research group
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Prof. James Marhsall



I am an interdisciplinary researcher interested in behaviour, its mechanistic bases, and its evolution. With various colleagues I apply a variety of mathematical and computational approaches to understanding how and why behaviours evolve. I am also interested in what engineering disciplines may learn from this study. Particular research interests include collective social insect behaviour, the evolution of social behaviour, and the application of decision theory to animal behaviour. Some of my research makes use of robotics to test these ideas.

Other professional activities and achievements

  • Editorial Board, Swarm Intelligence (2017-present)
  • Associate Editor: Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution (2013-2017)
  • EPSRC Peer Review College Member (2010-present)
  • Academic Editor: Plos One (2009-present)


My research interests cover modelling of collective behaviour, particularly in social insects, evolutionary theory, decision theory, robotics, and theoretical neuroscience


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