Hartpury College


Tamara obtained a BSc (Hons) in Biological Sciences at The University of Manchester. She then continued at this institution to gain a Master of Research degree and a PhD in Evolutionary Biology.
Throughout her MRes and her PhD Tamara investigated mate choice in invertebrate study species. During her PhD she focused upon the role of sexual status and male reproductive characteristics in sexual selection in the cockroach, Nauphoeta cinerea.

Post her studies, Tamara worked as a member of research teams at the University of Manchester, the University of Leeds and the University of Cambridge before moving to Hartpury.
Tamara has a longstanding interest in behavioural ecology and evolutionary biology developed through her studies and research experience.

Job Title and Responsibilities:
Programme Manager BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour and Welfare; Programme Manager MRes by Research Animal Behaviour and Welfare; Senior Lecturer

Teaching Interests:

Animal Behaviour, Animal Psychology, Animal Welfare Assessment, Behavioural Ecology.

Research Interests:

Animal psychology, Human behavioural ecology, Impact of audience effects, experience and status upon invertebrate mate choice and social behaviour, Effects of environmental enrichment upon companion animal behaviour, Sexual Conflict and Sexual Selection.

Conference proceedings:

Lock, J.E., Montrose, V.T., Gibbs, M.R.I. and Moore, A.J. (2011) Mate choice and offspring viability in the burying beetle. Poster presented at: ASAB Winter Meeting, December 2011, London, UK.

Cox, L.R. and Montrose, V.T. (2014) The influence of human-animal relationships on public perception of the morality of animal use. Poster presented at: ISAZ Conference, July 19th to 22nd 2014, Vienna, Austria.

Haslam, C. and Montrose, V.T. (2015) Should have known better: The impact of mating experience and the desire for marriage upon attraction to the narcissistic personality. Poster presented at: EHBEA Conference, 29th March to 1st April 2015, Helsinki, Finland.


Moore, P.J., Harris, W.E., Montrose, V.T., Levin, D. and Moore, A.J. (2004) Constraints on evolution and postcopulatory sexual selection: trade-offs among ejaculate characteristics. Evolution; international journal of organic evolution 58, pp. 1773-1780.

Montrose, V.T., Harris, W.E. and Moore, P.J. (2004) Sexual conflict and cooperation under naturally occurring male enforced monogamy. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 17, pp. 443-452.

Montrose, V.T., Harris, W.E., Moore, A.J. and Moore, P.J. (2008) Sperm Competition within a dominance hierarchy; investment in social status versus investment in ejaculates. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 21, pp. 1290-1296.

Stephens, G. and Montrose, V.T (2014) Soothing the Savage Beast: The Effect of Auditory Enrichment on Domestic Cats. The Shape of Enrichment, 23 (1-2), 9.

Haslam, C. and Montrose, V.T. (2015) Should have known better: The impact of mating experience and the desire for marriage upon attraction to the narcissistic personality. Personality and Individual Differences, 82, 188-192.

Myles, S. and Montrose, V.T. (2015) The effects of olfactory stimulation on the behaviour of captive meerkats (Suricata suricatta). Journal of Zoo and Aquarium Research, 3 (2), 37-42.

Reviewer activity:
Reviewer for ‘Ecology and Evolution’ (2012-2013)


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