Dr Stuart Sharp


Stuart is an animal ecologist working principally with wild populations of birds and mammals to address questions at the interface between animal behaviour and population ecology.


Published research

Much of Stuart’s published work focuses on two main projects:

  • The social behaviour and population ecology of long-tailed tits (Aegithalos caudatus). This includes research on vocal communication, dispersal and population genetics. His work on kin recognition in this species was published in Nature in 2005 and has been cited over 100 times.
  • Reproductive senescence in meerkats (Suricata suricatta). This work focuses on the relationship between sociality and senescence patterns in this species.


Current research

Stuart’s current work investigates the impact of water quality on the ecology, life history and behaviour of the dipper (Cinclus cinclus). This is part of a long-term study of this species, a well-known indicator of water quality, using a marked population in Sedbergh and nearby areas of Yorkshire Dales National Park that has been monitored since the 1950s. Stuart’s other projects include a survey of avian biodiversity in the Lower Kouilou Basin, Congo, and a study of moth diversity on the university campus.



Stuart teaches on a number of first year and third year modules for the LEC BSc degree schemes in biology and ecology, including:



Stuart is currently: