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I am an evolutionary ecologist based in Prof. Tim Clutton-Brock’s Large Animal Research Group at the University of Cambridge. My current research focuses on the causes and consequences of individual (co)variation in behaviour, hormone levels and life history traits in cooperative mammals.

My previous postdoctoral work was with Prof. Alastair Wilson at the University of Exeter’s Penryn campus, taking a quantitative genetic approach to investigate variation in 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.

For more details on my current and previous work, please see my research page and publication list.

@tomhouslay

houslay[at]gmail

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Evolution // Behaviour // Life History