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I am an evolutionary biologist based in Prof. Alastair Wilson‘s group at the University of Exeter’s Penryn campus. My postdoctoral work focuses on the evolutionary genetics of the vertebrate stress response, centred around genetic (co)variation in behavioural and neuroendocrine traits in the Trinidadian guppy (Poecilia reticulata). I am also interested in applying quantitative genetics techniques to among-individual variation in labile traits, particularly animal 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. For more details on my current and previous work, please see my research page and publications.

Alongside Luc, I also teach a 5-day PR Statistics course called ‘Advancing in statistical modelling using R’, currently running every 6 months. I am also a keen photographer, occasional blogger, and former co-host of the ‘Breaking Bio’ podcast.

@tomhouslay

houslay[at]gmail

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