University of Aberdeen
Current Position Personal Chair
Telephone +44 (0)1224 272843
Departments School of Biological Sciences
Quadrat Core Themes Environmental Management
Methods I Use Modelling, Omics and Informatics


Key Research Interests

  • I work at the intersection of life, formal, and social sciences to understand how individuals – humans and animals – make decisions when uncertain and what the consequences of those decisions are for their health, social life, anddemographic contributions.
  • Decision theory – Collective behaviour – Sustainable development – Complex system modelling

Recent Key Papers

  • Lusseau D. & Mancini F. (revised) The sustainome of global goal interactions varies by country income and is disproportionately influenced by inequalities. Nature Sustainability (arxiv preprint: 1804.09095)
  • Mancini F., Coghill G.M. & Lusseau D. (2018) Quantifying wildlife watchers’ preferences to investigate the overlap between recreational and conservation value of natural areas J Applied Ecology doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.13274
  • Lusseau D. & Lee P.C. (2016) Can we sustainably harvest ivory? Current Biology 26: 1-6.
  • Pirotta E., Harwood J., Thompson P.M., New L., Cheney B., Arso M., Hammond P.S., Donovan C & Lusseau D. (2015) Predicting the effects of human developments on individual dolphins to understand potential long-term population consequences. Proceedings of the Royal Society-B 282 (1818), 20152109.

Summary Title of Current Studentships

  • QUADRAT DTP: The socioecological drivers of tourist decisions and their influence on wildlife tourism sustainability
  • The socioecology and conservation of the Hooded Capuchin in the Paraguayan Upper Paraná Atlantic Forest.
  • Social and environmental drivers of milk production in dairy cows
  • Monitoring soundscapes as a mean to understand the influence of climate variability and coastal urbanization on estuaries of the southeast USA
  • Adipose signalling in dolphins and its role in energy metabolism