Dr James Rouse


I completed my PhD in Leeds in 2016 before staying to complete two postdoctoral positions. My PhD focussed on unravelling the genetic and neural underpinnings of a male behaviour that changes in response to the changing social environment. I continued this work to investigate the Epigenomic mechanisms behind the same behaviour with the overall aim of explaining how the epigenome can more generally underpin responses to short term environmental change. I then switched organism to work on the Honeybee, and investigated how reproduction is controlled in workers as a step towards understanding how eusociality has evolved.

I am currently a Teaching Fellow in the School

Research interests

My research interests are focussed in a couple of areas

  1. Understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying organismal responses to environmental change
  2. Cognitive evolution
<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://biologicalsciences.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


  • PhD
  • BSc Biological Sciences

Professional memberships

  • Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour
  • Genetics society

Research groups and institutes

  • Ecology and Evolution
  • Heredity, Development and Disease