Mammalian Behaviour & Evolution
The internal website of MBE
About us
Our main research interests are in animal communication, sexual selection, ecology and conservation, animal welfare, pest control, and the interactions between animal behaviour and disease, particularly in mammalian systems. You will find further details of our main research themes, projects and recent publications under the Research menu above. We have established some unique facilities for studying mammalian behaviour (see Facilities tab above) and welcome enquires from postgraduate or postdoctoral researchers, and for potential collaborations with other groups either within or outside the University of Liverpool.
Stacks Image 64
Positions available now in MBE
We welcome applications for postgraduate studentships at any time - please contact the relevant supervisor. Postdoctoral researchers are also welcome to contact relevant supervisors to discuss applications for independent postdoctoral fellowships or enquire about forthcoming positions.
Stacks Image 1374

New Group member

Welcome to Callum Duffield who joined us in June 2017 for a PhD project on the consequences of developmental, demographic and environmental conditions on competition and cooperation in social mammals, with Paula Stockley and Jane Hurst.
Stacks Image 2670
Non-aversive mouse handling in the news
Our paper showing that mice handled using a non-aversive method (picked up in a tunnel or cupped on the open hand) show much more reliable behaviour in a simple cognitive test was published today (see Gouveia & Hurst 2017 below). This has been featured in a range of news outlets, including the Independent and the BBC World Service.
Stacks Image 1355
John Waters receives Andrew Blake Tribute Award 2017
Many congratulations to John Waters, our NACWO, for winning the Andrew Blake Tribute award for 2017 from the Institute of Animal Technology. This recognises the very significant contribution that John has made to promoting the practical implementation and uptake of non-aversive handling methods for laboratory mice. Further details.
Stacks Image 1307
ASAB medal
Jane Hurst has been awarded the ASAB medal for 2017 in recognition of her outstanding contributions to animal behaviour. The medal is awarded annually by ASAB for contributions to the science of animal behaviour – through teaching, writing, broadcasting, research, or for work on behalf of the association. Jane feels hugely honoured to be given this award.
Stacks Image 2686

Mouse handling video tutorial - live

Check out our new tutorial on how to handling laboratory mice using non-aversive methods, which is now hosted on the NC3Rs website:
http://www.nc3rs.org.uk/news/new-video-tutorial-released-mouse-handling-made-easier
This was put together by Kelly Gouveia, John Waters and Jane Hurst, with funding from NC3Rs and BBSRC. Give it a go and improve the welfare of your mice as well as the quality of your data!
Recent papers from MBE - available online or coming soon
See our publications page for abstracts and pdfs where available
Stacks Image 1893
Loxley GM, Unsworth J, Turton MJ, Jebb A, Lilley KS, Simpson DM, Rigden DJ, Hurst JL & Beynon RJ (2017) Glareosin: a novel sexually dimorphic urinary lipocalin in the bank vole, Myodes glareolus. Open Biology 7: 170135. DOI: 10.1098/rsob.170135
Stacks Image 1388
Hurst JL, Beynon RJ, Armstrong SD, Davidson AJ, Roberts SA, Gomez-Buena G, Smadja CM & Ganem G (2017) Molecular heterogeneity in major urinary proteins of Mus musculus subspecies: potential candidates involved in speciation. Scientific Reports 7: 44992. DOI: 10.1038/srep44992
Stacks Image 1358
Gouveia K & Hurst JL (2017) Optimising reliability of mouse performance in behavioural testing: the major role of non-aversive handling. Scientific Reports 7: 44999. DOI: 10.1038/srep44999
Stacks Image 1339
Unsworth J, Loxley GM, Davidson AJ, Hurst JL, Gómez-Baena G, Mundy NI, Beynon RJ, Zimmermann E & Radespiel U (2017) Characterisation of urinary WFDC12 in small nocturnal basal primates, mouse lemurs (Microcebus spp.). Scientific Reports 7: 42940. DOI: 10.1038/srep42940
Stacks Image 2683
Payne B, Bro-Jørgensen J (2016) Disproportionate climate-induced range loss forecast for the most threatened antelopes. Current Biology 26:1-6
http://www.cell.com/current-biology/fulltext/S0960-9822(16)30178-6
Stacks Image 1906
Bro-Jørgensen J, Mallon D (editors) (2016) Antelope conservation: from diagnosis to action. Conservation Science and Practice Series. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell
http://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118409647.html
Stacks Image 1919

Stockley P & Hobson L (2016) Paternal care and litter size coevolution in mammals. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 283: 20160140
http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/283/1829/20160140.abstract

Stacks Image 1932

Ramm, SA & Stockley, P (2016) Integrating Perspectives on Rodent Sperm Competition. Advances in the Study of Behavior, 48. ISSN 978-0-12-802276-4
http://repository.liv.ac.uk/2050879/; DOI: 10.1016/bs.asb.2016.02.003

Stacks Image 1945

Hammond DE, Claydon AJ, Simpson DM, Edward DE, Stockley P, Hurst JL, Beynon RJ (2016) Proteome dynamics: tissue variation in the kinetics of proteostasis in intact animals. Molecular & Cellular Proteomics Feb 1. pii: mcp.M115.053488. [Epub ahead of print]
http://www.mcponline.org/content/early/2016/02/01/mcp.M115.053488.abstract

Stacks Image 1958
Bayram H, Claydon AJ, Brownridge P, Hurst JL, Mileham A, Stockley P, Beynon RJ & Hammond DE. (2016) Cross-species proteomics in analysis of mammalian sperm proteins. Journal of Proteomics 135: 38-50; ISSN 1874-3919. http://repository.liv.ac.uk/2048479/

Welcome to MBE