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Dr. Pete Trimmer

Office: VHF-266
Phone: +49 (0)521-106 2822
email: pete.trimmer"at"gmail.com

Research background/interests

I am a behavioural ecologist. I research the evolution of learning, decision-making and physiological processes, using a mix of analytical and computational techniques. I am currently applying this to the topic of the evolution of mental mechanisms (and consequent behaviours) relating to individual decisions (niche construction, nice conformance and niche choice; NC³).

Much of my work relates to understanding how context influences decision-making: exposing the evolutionary logic of how various behaviours can make sense in different conditions. Whereas Niko Tinbergen identified that there are often four types of question in behavioural ecology, I often find there are often numerous possible answers to each of the questions. For a summary of some of my findings, please see my website: https://sites.google.com/site/petetrimmer/

If you have similar research interests or any questions, please drop me a line.


since 2018 Post-doc building models of NC³; Bielefeld University.
2015-2018 Post-doc researching the effects of rapid environmental change on behaviour; UC Davis.
2010-2015 Post-doc researching the evolution of mental mechanisms; University of Bristol. Also a lecturer in Evolutionary Psychology.
2006-2010 PhD on the evolution of decision-making; University of Bristol.
2005-2006 Post-grad diploma in Machine Learning and Data Mining; University of Bristol.
1994-2005 Industry work with GKN: analysing aircraft systems and simulating aircrew operations.
1991-1994 BSc Mathematics; University of Exeter.


[List from: https://sites.google.com/site/petetrimmer/]