University of St Andrews
Sea Mammal Research Unit

Dr Stephanie King
Honorary Research Fellow

Scottish Oceans Institute
East Sands
University of St Andrews
St Andrews
KY16 8LB

I’m an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Biology and currently a postdoctoral scientist at the Dolphin Research Centre in Florida, USA. 

To date my research has focused on the temporal and social aspects of vocal interactions in bottlenose dolphins and their use of individually distinctive signature whistles. I have worked extensively with both captive and wild animals and used sound playback experiments to show that signature whistle copying in bottlenose dolphins facilitates the labelling and addressing of social companions. 

My current research interests lie with understanding the role vocal communication plays in mediating complex social behaviours, such as cooperation, in animal systems and human society.

As of November 2015 I will begin my own independent research program at the University of Western Australia, where I will investigate the role of vocal communication in the formation and maintenance of cooperation in bottlenose dolphins.




King, SL, Schick, RS, Donovan, CR, Booth, CG, Burgman, M, Thomas, L & Harwood, J 2015, 'An interim framework for assessing the population consequences of disturbance' Methods in Ecology and Evolution, vol 6, no. 10, pp. 1150-1158., 10.1111/2041-210X.12411
King, SL 2015, 'You talkin’ to me? Interactive playback is a powerful yet underused tool in animal communication research' Biology Letters, vol 11, no. 7., 10.1098/rsbl.2015.0403
King, SL & Janik, VM 2015, 'Come dine with me: food-associated social signalling in wild bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus)' Animal Cognition, vol 18, no. 4, pp. 969-974., 10.1007/s10071-015-0851-7
King, SL, Harley, H & Janik, VM 2014, 'The role of signature whistle matching in bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus)' Animal Behaviour, vol 96, pp. 79-86., 10.1016/j.anbehav.2014.07.019
King, SL & Janik, V 2013, 'Bottlenose dolphins can use learned vocal labels to address each other' Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol 110, no. 32, pp. 13216-13221., 10.1073/pnas.1304459110
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