Behavioural and evolutionary ecology, and the conservation of sandy beach ecosysems. In particular I'm interested in the role of sexual conflict in shaping the evolution of mating systems and life histories. Much of my research has used the seaweed flies (Coelopidae) as a model system for studying sexual conflict. I am also interested in the environmental impacts of mechanical beach clearing, particularly on invertebrate populations which are an important food source for shorebirds, and on dune systems and their biodiversity and stability.
An Assessment of the ecological impact of mechanical beach clearing in Scotland
PI: Dr Andre Gilburn
Funded by: The Carnegie Trust