20 April 2012
John McNamara has been elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society, the UK national academy of science
John has achieved the rare distinction of being elected a Fellow of the world's most eminent and oldest scientific academy in continuous existence. He has been recognised for developing fundamental approaches, methods and modelling tools for the functional analysis of behaviour. The general framework he proposed has provided a natural way of building more holistic and realistic models of behaviour, allowing it to depend on state and time, and has had a profound influence on the modelling of behaviour across the entire field of behavioural ecology. John's long-term collaborator, Alasdair Houston, a member of our local network of decision-making researchers, was simultaneously elected to the same distinction.