Daniel Nettle's Personal Page

Daniel Nettle
Professor of Behavioural Science
Centre for Behaviour & Evolution, Newcastle University.
Henry Wellcome Building
Framlington Place
Newcastle, NE2 4HH, UK

Email: daniel.nettle"at"ncl.ac.uk (replace the "at" with @)

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Latest news

Two post-doctoral positions are available as currently available in our group as part of our ERC-funded project on the consequences of early-life adversity. The first position (details here) will work on humans, using longitudinal cohort datasets to understand the relationships between childhood adversity, telomere attrition, and behavioural and health outcomes in adulthood. There will also be opportunities to use other research approaches such as Mendelian randomization and meta-analysis. The position would suit someone with interests in human behavioural ecology, epidemiology, ageing biomarkers or child development. Strong quantitative skills are essential. The second position (details here) will help drive forward our established programme of work on early-life adversity in starlings ( see her). This project will look in particular at the effects of developmental history on foraging, mass regulation and metabolism. We will be developing a new system for automated behaviour recording in naturalistic social groups. Thus, programming skills and an interest in novel technologies in behavioural research will be particularly useful, as well as expertise in behavioural research more generally. To discuss either position, please contact me.

Research Interests

I am a behavioural biologist with interests in the evolution, development, and psychological underpinnings of behaviour. I have worked on a number of different topics over the years. Much of it has been on humans, and it spans from biology into the social sciences. My current foci are on: the consequences of early-life adversity, which I study in European starlings as well as humans; the impacts of socioeconomic deprivation and the urban environment on behaviour; and encouraging prosocial and discouraging antisocial behaviour . I have also written a number of books aimed at a broader audience.

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Career summary

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Open access to our research

Where possible, I publish research in Open Access journals (that is, locations where they can be downloaded in full from the web without the need for a subscription). In some cases this is not possible and my research appears in subscription-based journals. In such cases, I will always post a PDF on this website; because of publisher restrictions, this may be a preprint version that does not have the publisher's formatting. It is also my policy to make the raw data from each study available with the publication. For most papers since 2013, you should find the raw data downloadable as an appendix. If there are other data you would like but cannot find, just ask.

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MRes Courses

The Centre for Behaviour and Evolution at Newcastle University has master of research (MRes) degrees in Animal Behaviour, and in Evolution and Human Behaviour. These are 12-month course starting every October, which provide a thorough research training in evolutionary behavioural science, one more applicable to those interested in studying humans, and the other geared for those who wish to study the behaviour of other species. The courses contain 24-week major research project, which students will complete working with a member of CBE staff. There are opportunities for projects on several different species, and using many different techniques. For more information, see our website or contact Tom Smulders.

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My Brilliant Students

A nice thing about studying behaviour is that the techniques are usually very simple. This means that someone armed with £50, a pencil, a good idea and some determination can often make a useful contribution to the literature. One of the things I am most proud of about my research group is the fact that students at very early stages of their careers have completed projects that have gone on to be published in the best international journals. Here are some examples, along with the papers that resulted:

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