You can view my Google Scholar profile here and ResearchGate profile here. If you are unable to access publications through the links, they our also available to download on Swansea’s institutional repository here.


Allen, W.L., Street, S.E. & Capellini, I. (2017) Fast life history traits promote invasion success in Amphibians and Reptiles. Ecology Letters, early view. doi: 10.1111/ele.12728  link


Dubuc, C., Allen, W.L., Cascio, J., Lee, S., Maestripieri, D., Petersdorf, M., Winters, S., & Higham, J.P. (2016) Who cares? Experimental attention biases provide new insights into a mammalian sexual signal. Behavioral Ecology, 27, 68-74. doi: 10.1093/beheco/arv117  link


Grueter, C.G., Zhu, P., Allen, W.L., Higham, J.P., Ren, B. & Li, M. (2015) Sexually selected lip colour indicates male group-holding status in the mating season in a multi-level primate society. Royal Society Open Science. 2, 150490 link

Capellini, I., Baker, J., Allen, W.L., Street, S & Venditti, C. (2015) The role of life history traits in mammalian invasion success. Ecology Letters. 18, 1099-1107 10.1111/ele.12493 link

Allen, W.L. & Higham, J.P. (2015) Assessing the potential information content of multicomponent visual signals: a machine learning approach. Proc. R. Soc. B., 282: 180. doi:10.1098/rspb.2014.2284 link. Selected press: Ed Yong @ National GeographicBBCWIRED

Hughes, K.D., Higham, J.P., Allen, W.L., Elliot, A.J. & Hayden, B.Y. (2015) Extraneous color affects female macaques’ gaze preference for photographs of male conspecifics. Evolution and Human Behavior. 36, 25-31. doi: 10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2014.08.003 link Press: WIRED


Dubuc, C., Winters, S., Allen, W.L., Brent, L.J.N., Cascio, J., Maestripieri, D., Ruiz-Lambides, A.V., Widdig, A. & Higham, J.P. (2014) Sexually-selected skin color is heritable and related to fecundity in a non-human primate. Proc. R. Soc. B. 281: 1803. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2014.1602 link

Allen, W.L., Stevens M.S. & Higham, J.P. (2014) Character displacement of Cercopithecini primate visual signals. Nature Communications 5: 4266. doi:10.1038/ncomms5266 link. Press: BBC, WIRED, Science

Dubuc, C., Allen, W.L., Maestripieri, D. & Higham, J.P.  (2014) Is male rhesus macaque red color ornamentation attractive to females? Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. 68: 1215-1224, doi: 10.1007/s00265-014-1732-9 link


Allen, W.L., Scott-Samuel, N.E., Baddeley, R.J. & Cuthill, I.C. (2013) The evolution and function of pattern diversity on snakes. Behavioral Ecology 24,1237-1250. doi: 10.1093/beheco/art058 link

Allen, W.L. & Higham J.P. (2013) Analyzing visual signals as visual scenes. American Journal of Primatology 74, 664-682. doi: 10.1002/ajp.22129 link


Allen, W.L., Baddeley, R.J. Cuthill, I.C. & Scott-Samuel, N.E. (2012) A quantitative test of the predicted relationship between countershading and lighting environment. The American Naturalist 180, 762-776. link


Allen, ProcRSocB_Leopard_coverW.L., Cuthill, I.C., Scott-Samuel, N.E. & Baddeley, R.J. (2011) Why the leopard got its spots: relating pattern development to ecology in felids. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 278, 1373-1380. link. Press: The Guardian, National Geographic, Why Evolution is True, BBC