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I collaborate with biological scientists and others to develop methods to analyse and model empirical data. Current collaborators include Christian Rutz (St. Andrews – social systems in tool-using crows), Darren Croft and Safi Darden (Exeter – cooperation among fish; species invasion - with Tim Rogers in Bath), Ed Feil (Bath – infection patterns from whole genome sequencing of microbes) and Michael Pocock (Centre for Ecology and Hydrology – plant-pollinator networks).


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Projects 2013 2013

Global Mobility Scheme - Applied Maths, Networks, Networks Analysis

Spence, A., Dawes, J. & James, R.


Project: Research-related fundingInternational Relations Office Funding

Research Output 2000 2019

Evolution of non-kin cooperation: social assortment by cooperative phenotype in guppies

Bohr Brask, J., Croft, D., Edenbrow, M., James, R., Bleakley, B., Ramnarine, I., Heathcote, R., Tyler, C., Hamilton, P., Debelsteen, T. & Darden, S., 2 Jan 2019, In : Royal Society Open Science. 6, 1, p. 1-11 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
4 Citations

Pair housing of dairy calves and age at pairing: effects on weaning stress, health, production and social networks

Bolt, S. L., Boyland, N. K., Mlynski, D. T., James, R. & Croft, D. P., 4 Jan 2017, In : PLoS ONE. 12, 1, e0166926.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Population genetic structuring of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus clone EMRSA-15 within UK reflects patient referral patterns

Donker, T., Reuter, S., Sciberras, J., Reynolds, R., Brown, N., Torok, M. E., James, R., East of England Microbiology Research Network, Aanensen, D. M., Bentley, S. D., Holden, M. T. G., Parkhill, J., Spratt, B. G., Peacock, S. J., Feil, E. J. & Grundmann, H., 4 Jul 2017, In : Microbial Genomics. 3

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Population Genetics
Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus
Referral and Consultation
Clone Cells
25 Citations

Discovery of species-wide tool use in the Hawaiian crow

Rutz, C., Klump, B., Komarczyk, L., Leighton, R., Kramer, J., Wischnewski, S., Sugasawa, S., Morrissey, M., James, R., St Clair, J., Switzer, R. & Masuda, B., 15 Sep 2016, In : Nature. 537, p. 403-407

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access


Analysis of Association-Derived Animal Social Networks

Author: Bettaney, E., 1 Aug 2014

Supervisor: James, R. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


On the Multivariate Analysis of Animal Networks

Author: Mlynski, D., 22 Apr 2016

Supervisor: James, R. (Supervisor) & Priest, N. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Reintroduction and Conservation of the Great Bustard Otis tarda

Author: Burnside, J., 31 Dec 2013

Supervisor: Szekely, T. (Supervisor), Waters, D. (External person) (Supervisor) & James, R. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Resource Distribution in Ant Colonies

Author: Hayward, R., 1 Jul 2010

Supervisor: James, R. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD