Stephanie King

Born in: United Kingdom
Primary research category: Animal Behavior, Evolutionary Biology
Research location / employer: University of Bristol, United Kingdom
Fellowship dates: 2015-2020

Academic Career

  • Senior Lecturer, University of Bristol, UK, 2019-present
  • Research Fellow, Centre for Evolutionary Biology, University of Western Australia, 2015-2019
  • Postdoctoral Scientist, Dolphin Research Centre, Florida, USA, 2014-15
  • Research Fellow, University of St Andrews, UK, 2012-15
  • PhD in Biology, University of St Andrews, UK, 2008-12
  • Masters of Research in Marine Mammal Science, University of St Andrews, UK, 2007-08
  • Bachelor of Science (Honors) in Zoology, University of Leeds, UK 2003-06

Fellowship Research

Dr. Stephanie King will investigate the role of vocal communication in the formation and maintenance of cooperative behaviour and the communicative strategies animals use when making decisions on when and with whom to cooperate. Using bottlenose dolphins as a model system, Dr King will employ a variety of experimental approaches to explore the interplay between vocal communication and cooperation. The empirical data from these studies will be used alongside theoretical models to generate a testable theoretical framework on the communicative strategies that may underlie the evolution of cooperation in dynamic social environments.

Major Awards

  • UWA Early Career Researcher Fellowship Support Grant, University of Western Australia, 2015
  • BBSRC Doctoral Training Grant, University of St Andrews, 2008