Dr Luke Rendell:
MASTS Reader in Biology

Research Overview:

I have previously worked mostly on wild cetaceans, but now I am developing theoretical investigations of the evolution of social learning strategies, as well as getting involved in experimental studies of learning. I am primarily interested in the evolution of social learning, communication systems and culture, but maintain broader based interests in ecology, behaviour and conservation.


Recent publications listed in research@st-andrews
Cañadas, A, Aguilar de Soto, N, Aissi, M, Arcangeli, A, Azzolin, M, B-Nagy, A, Bearzi, G, Campana, I, Chicote, C, Cotte, C, Crosti, R, David, L, Di Natale, A, Fortuna, C, Frantzis, A, Garcia, P, Gazo, M, Gutierrez-Xarxa, R, Holcer, D, Laran, S, Lauriano, G, Lewis, T, Moulins, A, Mussi, B, Notarbartolo di Sciara, G, Panigada, S, Pastor, X, Politi, E, Pulcini, M, Raga, JA, Rendell, L, Rosso, M, Tepsich, P, Tomás, J, Tringali, M & Roger, T 2018, 'The challenge of habitat modelling for threatened low density species using heterogeneous data: the case of Cuvier’s beaked whales in the Mediterranean' Ecological Indicators, vol 85, no. Supplement C, pp. 128-136. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2017.10.021
Jones, NAR & Rendell, LE 2018, Cultural Transmission. in J Vonk & T Shackleford (eds), Encyclopedia of Animal Cognition and Behavior. Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-47829-6_1885-1
Botting, JL, van de Waal, E & Rendell, LE 2017, Comparing and Contrasting Primate and Cetacean Culture. in JM Causadias, EH Telzer & NA Gonzales (eds), The Handbook of Culture and Biology: One. Wiley, Hoboken, NJ. DOI: 10.1002/9781119181361.ch5