Senior Lecturer in Evolutionary Ecology studing the evolutionary ecology of host-parasite systems.
PhD - University of Cambridge (2003)
BA - University of Cambridge (1999)
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.
Immune system evolution, Drosophila, entomopathogenic fungi, genetic variation in pathogen defence, host-parasite coevolution, senescence, bumblebee ecology, insect sex ratios, ladybirds, invasive species, ecological impacts of ionizing radiation, sustainable crop pest control with biopesticides.
Jess Burrows is a PhD student studying the effects of ionizing radiation on immune defence in bumblebees.
Kat Raines is a PhD student studying the impact of radiological contamination on bumblebees, her work is centred on the Chernobyl nuclear reactor. Kat is soon to continue her radioactivty work as a NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow based at Stirling.
Rosie Mangan is a Post-doc funded by BBSRC investingating novel methods of pest control using entomopathogenic fungi to combat insecticide resistance evolution.
Katie Murray finished her PhD in 2018. She studied the ecology of parasitism in the invasive harlequin ladybird. She is now a Scottish Government statistician.
Craig Anderson was a post-doc investigating the impact of chronic radiation exposure in the Chernobyl exclusion zone on the evolution of Drosophila melanogaster. He is now a research fellow at the MRC Human Gentics Unit, University of Edinburgh.
Marco Kubiak finished his MPhil thesis in 2017 studying immune senescence in Drosophila.
Jess Scriven finsihed her PhD in 2016 investigating the comparative ecology of closely related cryptic bumblebee species, she is now a statistician for the Scottish Government.
Sumayia Bashir finished her PhD in 2014. She used Drosophila to study interactions between immune defence, metabolism and mitochondrial function.
Danielle Mackenzie finished her Phd in 2014 investigating the mechanisms of immune senescence in Drosophila.
Penelope Whitehorn finished her PhD in 2011, which focussed on the impact of inbreeding on bumblebees and which I co-supervised. Penelope spent some time as a post doc fellow at Stirling investigating the negative effects of insecticides on non-target insects and is now carrying on this work at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany.
Andy Dobson is a post-doc who was worked alongside my group for a number of years as an independent. Amongst other topics, he researches the ecology of tick populations as vectors for Lyme disease and other infections of humans and wildlife; he is now based at Edinburgh University.
Murray KM, Brown PMJ, Adriaens T, Berkvens N, Borges I, Clusella-Trullas S, Comont RF, De Clercq P, Eschen R, Estoup A, Evans EW, Facon B, Gardiner MM, Roy HE & Tinsley MC (2016) Biological Invasions, 18 (4), pp. 977-1044.