My research focuses predominantly on host-parasite evolutionary ecology, it spans controlled laboratory systems, through to natural field ecology. Most of my work studies insects, but I also investigate amphibians, as well as other invertebrates.
Key topics: immune system evolution, Drosophila, genetic variation in pathogen defence, host-parasite coevolution, senescence, bumblebee ecology, insect sex ratios, ladybirds, invasive species,
My lab currently hosts three PhD students and two post doctoral research fellows, you can find more information on their work by following the links to their web pages.
Sumayia Bashir uses Drosophila to study interactions between immune defence, metabolism and mitochondrial function.
Katie Murray studies the ecology of parasitism in the invasive harlequin ladybird.
Jess Scriven's work investigates the comparative ecology of closely related cryptic bumblebee species.
Dr Andy Dobson researches the ecology of tick populations as vectors for Lyme disease and other infections of humans and wildlife.
Dr Stu Auld works on parasitism in the freshwater crustacean Daphnia investigating how host parasite coevolution is influenced by host sexual reproduction .
Danielle Mackenzie finished her Phd in 2014 investigating the mechanisms of immune senescence in Drosophila.
Dr Penelope Whitehorn finished her PhD in 2011, which focussed on the impact of inbreeding on bumblebees and which I co-supervised. Penelope is now a research fellow investigating the negative effects of insecticides on non-target insects.