Adam Bent

PhD researcher

Faculty:Faculty of Science & Technology

Department:Biology

Location: Cambridge

Adam is a PhD researcher in the Department of Biology, Faculty of Science & Technology. His main research interest is invertebrate, with a passion for sexually selected behaviours.

adam.bent@pgr.anglia.ac.uk

Research interests

Thesis title

Courting disaster: the fitness costs of anthropogenic noise conflicting with sexually selected acoustic signals.

Supervisory team

Dr Sophie Mowles
Dr Thomas Ings

Research group

Adam is a member of our Applied Ecology Research Group (AERG) and our Behavioural Ecology Research Group.

Summary of research

Previous research has shown that human generated noises, such as construction or traffic noise, can come into direct conflict with the sexually selected signals of animals. This may lead to reduced likelihood of mating in communicating individuals, and thus a decreases in individual fitness. Alternatively, animals may choose to alter their acoustic behaviour in order to combat the anthropogenic competition. However, this in turn will also have its own consequences that may reduce the likelihood of reproduction and, again, individual fitness. With the current trend of increasing urbanisation throughout world, it is important to document the effects it has on our wildlife.

Selected recent publications

Bent, A., Ings, T. & Mowles, S., 2018. Mate searching under conditions of anthropogenic noise: What are the fitness consequences? Manuscript in preparation.

Bent, A., Ings, T. & Mowles, S., 2018. Courtship disaster: acoustic courtship interactions under conditions of anthropogenic noise. RES Postgraduate Forum, Warwick University, Coventry, UK.

Bent, A., Ings, T. & Mowles, S., 2017. Mate Location under conditions of anthropogenic noise: what are the fitness consequences? RES Orthoptera SIG, Natural History Museum, London, UK.

Recent presentations and conferences

February 2018. RES Postgraduate Forum, Warwick University, Coventry, UK.

November 2017. RES Orthoptera SIG, Natural History Museum, London, UK.

May 2017. ARU FST 7th Annual Research Conference, Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford, UK.

February 2017. RES Postgraduate Forum, Sheffield University, Sheffield, UK.

November 2016. RES Orthoptera SIG, Natural History Museum, London, UK.

July 2016, ARU FST 6th Annual Research Conference, Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford, UK.