Senior Lecturer in Theoretical Biology


Life Sciences
Roehampton University
London SW15 5PJ


andrea.perna at

Featured opportunities

Currently there is funding available for a post-doctoral position on termite nests. See below.

As soon as a fully funded PhD or post-doc position is available I will advertise at the top of this page, but I recommend getting in touch before you see an advert here, to prepare an application together or to register your interest.

Join us

We propose master projects, master internships, and PhD theses in the fields of Animal Behaviour, Ecology, Theoretical Biology and Biophysics. If you are interested in knowing more about current projects and opportunities in our group drop me an email as this page will not always be up to date with recent topics and funding opportunities.
Please have a look in the small window below for funding opportunities listed in the Research Centre website, or scroll down for details about possible research topics.

Research topics and opportunities

Linking individual behaviour to the organisation of microscopic ecological communities

PhD project

The organisation of ecological communities ultimately depends on how individuals of different species interact. The general focus of this project is in trying to relate directly individual behaviour and ecosystem properties through models and experiments on microscopic artificial ecosystems.

Modelling the ecological implications of collective animal behaviour

Master project

Collective behaviour can affect the survival of group-living animals, but its impact on the organisation of ecological patterns is less clear as these are mainly determined by energy availability at a given trophic level. You will study simulation models of flocking to understanding how different forms of collective behaviour affect biological patterns.

Flight of raptors

Master project

Hawks and falcons are pursuit predators that actively chase their prey at high speed. In this project you will quantify the manoeuvrability of flying raptors as they chase a lure. The experimental part of the project takes place at the Hawk Conservancy Trust in Andover.

Scaling microscopic aquatic locomotion

Master project

Animal and plant diversity often exhibits well-recognisable patterns depending on body size, environmental temperature and other factors. Less is known about the factors affecting the variability of microscopic organisms (e.g. protists). In this project you will study variability of protists with a focus on their mechanisms of movement.

Morphogenesis of termite nests


We have funding for a 2.5 years post-doctoral position on the "evo-devo" of Australian termite nests, with Stéphane Douady, Nathan Lo and myself, for 2.5 years starting around December 2021. Ideal applicant has some quantitative data analysis or modelling skills. Involves some fieldwork in Australia. Please get in touch!

Ecology, Animal Behaviour


Faculty positions are normally advertised here.