I am an evolutionary biologist, having received my PhD from the University of Stirling’s department of Biological and Environmental Sciences in 2014. My research was supervised by Dr. Luc Bussière, whose lab studies sexual selection and life history allocation with a particular focus on insects.
My thesis was entitled ‘Causes of adaptive differences in age-dependent reproductive effort'; I used the decorated cricket (Gryllodes sigillatus) to investigate how individuals allocate limited resources to competing life history traits, with a particular focus on the ‘strategies’ males use when they express a flexible and sexually selected behavioural display trait repeatedly across their lifetime.
Along with Dr. Bussière, I teach a 5-day statistics workshop called ‘Advancing in R‘, taking place every 6 months at the SCENE field station in Loch Lomond, Scotland. Please take a look at my other pages on this website – I am also a photographer, blogger, and a co-host of the ‘Breaking Bio’ podcast.
Exciting news: at the end of April 2015 I shall be joining Alastair Wilson‘s group at the University of Exeter’s Penryn campus, taking up a postdoctoral position to research the evolutionary genetics of the stress response.