Josiah Halstead

Research Assistant

Research interests

My research focuses on the behavioural responses of animals to scents. I am currently working on a project which aims to develop the understanding of the scent signal mechanisms that rodents use to navigate, reproduce and avoid predators. I shall also be investigating how these scents could be deployed to monitor and manipulate rodent behaviour and reproduction, with a view to increase the effectiveness, sustainability and humaneness of rodent control.

Other interests include evolutionary theory and the evolution of social behaviour.

Education and career

  • BA (Hons) Biological Sciences, University of Oxford (2009 - 2012)
  • Research Assistant, Gardner Group, University of Oxford (2011)
  • Research Assistant, Mammalian Behaviour & Evolution Group, University of Liverpool (2012 - present), The interplay of rodent behaviour and semiochemistry: from scientific principles to control strategies (BBSRC; PI: Professor Jane Hurst)


Halstead, J. & Gardner, A. (2012) Fitness maximisation in the Hawk-Dove Game. Philosophy of Science, in press.

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