Dr Stephanie King
PhD, MRes, BSc
Associate Professor in Animal BehaviourSchool of Biological Sciences
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I'm a behavioural biologist with a primary focus on animal communication systems and how these systems have evolved to help mediate complex social behaviours.
To date, much of 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 over a decade's worth of experience studying marine mammal acoustic communication, as well as extensive experience in assessing the consequences of anthropogenic noise disturbance on marine mammal populations.
My current research interests lie with exploring the role vocal communication plays in mediating complex social behaviours, such as cooperation, in animal systems. I continue to use bottlenose dolphins as a model system, with the aim of understanding how dynamic social environments may influence and shape the communicative strategies that animals employ when making decisions of when and with whom to cooperate.
I am a PI of the Shark Bay Dolphin Research alongside Prof Richard Connor, Prof Michael Krützen and Dr Simon Allen. Please visit our website www.sharkbaydolphins.org to find out more about the research currently underway in Shark Bay.
Male synchrony: individual variation, epigenetic drivers and the overall effect on reproductive success in multilevel alliances of wild dolphins
Managing organisational unitSchool of Biological Sciences
01/04/2023 to 31/03/2025
Investigating the effects of climatic variability on long term behavioural activity budgets of Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus) in Shark Bay, Western Australia
An epigenetic DNA methylation clock for age estimates in Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus)