Neil Buttery

Neil Buttery hails from Yorkshire, United Kingdom and has a great deal of experience on how to measure cheating within mixes of Dictyostelium discoideum. He received his BS in 1998 from Manchester Metropolitan University and PGCE (Professional Graduate Certification in Education) that same year from University of Manchester. He received his MS in 2007 from Manchester Metropolitan University and his PhD in 2010 from University of Manchester under the direction of Christopher Thompson and Jason Wolf. Before Neil began his career as an evolutionary biologist, he was a secondary school teacher and was appointed headmaster of the school. Currently, he is working on a way to measure genetic drift using Dictyostelium discoideum as his model organism. In his spare time, he can be found in his kitchen cooking for his blog: or his new blog


Buttery, Neil J., Jack, Chandra N., Adu-Oppong, Boahemaa, Snyder, Kate T., Thompson, Chris R.L., Queller, David C., Strassmann, Joan E. 2012. Structured Growth and Genetic Drift Raise Relatedness in the Social Amoeba D. discoideum. Biology Letters

Parkinson K, Buttery N, Wolf J, Thompson C, A simple mechanism for complex social behaviour(2011), PLOS Biology, 9(3)

Buttery NJ, Thompson CRLand WolfJB (2010), Complex genotype interactions influence social fitness during the developmental phase of the social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideumJournal of Evolutionary Biology.

Buttery NJ, Rozen DE, WolfJB and Thompson CRL (2009), Quantification of Social behaviour in D. discoideum reveals complex fixed and facultative strategies, Current Biology, 19, 1373-1377.

Goldspink C, Buttery N, Coppolino C, Weise F (2008), A note on the occurrence of elvers (Anguilla anguilla) in a stream on the Ross of Mull, Scotland, over a two year period (2006-2007), Glasgow Naturalist, 25, 19-22.