1989 …2020

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Research interests

I wear two hats, behavioural ecologist and sensory ecologist, although the unifying theme is the explanation of the factors shaping the design, through natural selection, of animal form and function. If I have particular skills then they are, first, developing novel empirical tests of theoretical predictions, whether in the lab or field, and second, establishing successful interdisciplinary collaborations. Most of my work lies at the interface of different disciplines, and I have a long history of working with mathematicians to investigate behavioural decisions. More recently, and my current main research area, I have been collaborating closely with physiologists, perceptual psychologists and computational neuroscientists to understand how animal coloration (notably camouflage) evolves in response to animal colour vision.



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Research Output

An ecological approach to understanding obesity in captive lemurs

Mellor, E. L., Cuthill, I. C., Mendl, M. T. & Mason, G., 4 Mar 2020, International Society for Applied Ethology (ISAE) .

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference Contribution (Conference Proceeding)

  • CamoGAN: Evolving optimum camouflage with Generative Adversarial Networks

    Talas, L., Fennell, J., Kjernsmo, K., Cuthill, I., Scott-Samuel, N. & Baddeley, R., 1 Feb 2020, In : Methods in Ecology and Evolution. 11, 2, p. 240-247 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • 340 Downloads (Pure)

    False holes as camouflage

    Costello, L. M., Scott-Samuel, N. E., Kjernsmo, K. & Cuthill, I. C., 11 Mar 2020, In : Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 287, 1922, 6 p., 20200126.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • 72 Downloads (Pure)


    Award for mentoring in science

    Cuthill, Innes C (Recipient), 2005

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants

  • Scientific Medal of the Zoological Society of London

    Cuthill, Innes C (Recipient), 1998

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants

  • Activities

    Royal Society (External organisation)

    Innes C Cuthill (Member)

    1 Jul 201530 Jun 2018

    Activity: Membership typesMembership or peer review panel or committee

    Fellowship of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (Institute of Advanced Studies)

    Innes C Cuthill (Recipient)

    1 Nov 201528 Feb 2016

    Activity: Other activity typesFellowship awarded competitively

    Rank Prize Symposium on ‘Iridescence’

    Innes C Cuthill (Participant)

    20 Apr 201523 Apr 2015

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesInvited talk

    Supervised Work

    An Adaptive Theory for Human Belief Systems

    Author: Cheshire, G., 7 May 2019

    Supervisor: Cuthill, I. (Supervisor) & McNamara, J. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


    A taphonomic and palaeoecological approach to the study of palaeocolour

    Author: Smithwick, F., 25 Jun 2019

    Supervisor: Vinther, J. (Supervisor), Cuthill, I. (Supervisor) & Field, D. (External person) (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


    Effect of the Visual Environment on Avian Welfare

    Author: Smith, E. L., 2003

    Supervisor: Cuthill, I. (Supervisor) & Bennett, A. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)