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Houston and McNamara become FRSs

20 April 2012

The Royal Society is the UK's Academy of Science and being elected a Fellow is recognition of research excellence of the highest order. Alasdair Houston, of the School of Biological Sciences, and his long time collaborator in the School of Mathematics, John McNamara, this year both join that elite group who can put the letters 'FRS' after their name.

The Royal Society is the UK's Academy of Science and being elected a Fellow is recognition of research excellence of the highest order. Alasdair Houston, of the School of Biological Sciences, and his long time collaborator in the School of Mathematics, John McNamara, this year both join that elite group who can put the letters 'FRS' after their name.

As the Royal Society says: "Houston, together with McNamara, pioneered, developed and formalized the dynamic optimization approach to behavioural ecology, and has applied it widely, generating fundamental insights. Currently the gold standard for modelling state/time dependency in animal behaviour from the perspective of the selective forces that act in nature, their approach uses stochastic dynamic programming to find the strategies that maximise inclusive fitness. Their work is now an obligate reference in domains as far apart as temporal organization of daily routines, sexual selection, migration, risk sensitivity, dynamic games, and fat levels. Behavioural ecology would not have its present form without their outstanding contribution. "

Alasdair and John are two of four Bristol scientists becoming FRS this year, an outstanding achievement for the Faculty and University.

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