Dr Stuart Auld


Biological and Environmental Sciences University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Dr Stuart Auld

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About me

About me

I am an evolutionary ecologist interested three principal research themes.

Theme 1. Epidemiological and coevolutionary implications of host-parasite interactions.

Theme 2. The effects of ionising radiation on the evolutionary ecology of populations, with specific focus on Chernobyl Daphnia.

Theme 3. The paradox of sex, i.e., why sex is the dominant mode of reproduction (as opposed to asexual reproduction), when it is so costly.

Divisional / Faculty Contribution

Co-Chair, Equalities and Diversity & Inclusion Committee, BES

Member: BES Equality and Diversity Committee
Promotion of equality activities, review progress and share good practice. Specific responsibility for handling data.

Programme Director
Programme Director: Biology Programme Director: Animal Biology

External Examiners and Validations

Vice Chair
Former Vice Chair of the French Agence National de la Recherche (ANR) 'Living Earth' panel. Reviewing pre-proposals and proposals for research funding.

Other Academic Activities

Associate Editor: Evolutionary Ecology
Handling submitted manuscripts, selecting appropriate reviewers,making editorial decisions.

University Contribution

Equalities Champion

Research (2)

Climate change is causing shifts in the timing and severity of epidemics, and this will alter the way hosts and parasites (co)evolve. For my NERC Fellowship, I will be examining how environmental variation affects epidemiological and coevolutionary dynamics across multiple epidemics. This will be achieved using controlled lab experiments, a long-term outdoor mesocosm experiment (Stirling Outdoor Disease Experiment), field surveys and simulation modelling.


Past epidemics as predictors of disease evolution over space and time
PI: Dr Stuart Auld
Funded by: Natural Environment Research Council

Understanding environmental drivers of evo-epidemiological dynamics in a
PI: Dr Stuart Auld
Funded by: Royal Society

Outputs (21)



Dobson A, Auld S & Tinsley MC (2015) Insufficient evidence of infection-induced phototactic behaviour in Spodoptera exigua: a comment on van Houte et al. (2014). Commentary on: van Houte S, van Oers MM, Han Y, Vlak JM, Ros VID. 2014 Baculovirus infection triggers a positive phototactic response in caterpillars to induce ‘treetop’ disease. Biol. Lett. 10, 20140680. (doi:10.1098/rsbl.2014.0680). Biology Letters, 11, Art. No.: 20150132. http://rsbl.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/11/10/20150132; https://doi.org/10.1098/rsbl.2015.0132

Book Chapter

Auld S (2014) Immunology and Immunity. In: Smirnov N (ed.) Physiology of the Cladocera. New York: Academic Press, pp. 219-233. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/B9780123969538000173

Research centres/groups

Research themes