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Be safe but starve, or eat but be eaten: how small decisions about risk have big consequences

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The Arrol Adam Lectures were launched this academic year comprising of a series of six lectures on different aspects of “Risk”, organised by College President, Dr Michael Potter. The free lectures are aimed at a general audience and are open to the public as well as College members.

The fourth lecture will take place on Thursday 24th January at 6 pm in the College auditorium and is entitled, “Be safe but starve, or eat but be eaten: how small decisions about risk have big consequences”

The speaker is Will Cresswell, Reader at the School of Biology, University of St Andrews.

Will Cresswell is a Reader at the School of Biology, St Andrews University and a Royal Society University Research Fellow. He has published 76 international research papers since his PhD in 1993, at Edinburgh University, on how animals manage the risk of predation, and the consequences of management of risk for the behaviour of both predators and prey, their fitness, population dynamics and larger scale community effects. He was a NERC Research Fellow at Glasgow University investigating whether individual animals are always good competitors (“nature”) or whether it depends on specific conditions or experience (“nurture”). He was appointed Lecturer in Ornithology at the Edward Grey Institute, University of Oxford, in 1998 and was awarded an eight year Royal Society University Research Fellowship in 2000 to study how individual birds vary in their risk of predation and how birds of prey select their prey. He moved to St Andrews University in 2003 where he also lectures in ecology and carries out other more conservation-based research.

This talk is part of the Arrol Adam Lecture Series series.

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