Stuart West is the Professor of Evolutionary Biology in the Department of Zoology. He studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge, obtained a PhD in Evolutionary Biology at Imperial College London, was a visiting fellow at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, and then held a BBSRC David Phillips Fellowship followed by a Royal Society University Research Fellowship in Edinburgh. He moved to Oxford in 2009.
Stuart coordinates and takes part in the Evolutionary Biology teaching in the Biological Sciences course.
Stuart’s main interest is adaptation, and especially the evolution of social behaviours, such as cooperation, altruism, spite, mutualism and how these can influence major evolutionary transitions. He uses a mixture of techniques including theory, experiment and across species comparative studies. His empirical work has utilised a range of organisms, including bacteria, protozoa, insects (especially parasitoid wasps), fish, birds and mammals.