I am an evolutionary ecologist based in Prof. Alastair Wilson‘s group at the University of Exeter’s Penryn campus. My postdoctoral research focuses on the evolutionary (quantitative) genetics of the vertebrate stress response in the Trinidadian guppy (Poecilia reticulata): to what extent do stress-related behaviours and hormones vary (and covary) at the genetic level? I am also interested in applying quantitative genetics techniques to individual variation in traits that are highly flexible, particularly behaviour (see tutorials).
I completed my PhD in 2014, supervised by Dr. Luc Bussière at the University of Stirling. Using the decorated cricket (Gryllodes sigillatus), I investigated how individuals allocate limited resources to competing life history traits, with a particular focus on male age-dependent sexual signalling. I continue to teach alongside Luc on a 5-day PR Statistics course, ‘Advancing in statistical modelling using R’, currently running every 6 months.
While my main base is at the Penryn campus, I am also a visiting research fellow in the Behavioural Ecology group at the University of Cambridge. For more details on my current and previous work, please see my research page and publication list.