Background and activities
I am a PhD candidate working with CBD’s house sparrow project, my interests include molecular genetics and how this field can contribute to understanding of evolutionary dynamics in natural populations. My current work will examine prevalence of the Syngamus parasite in house sparrows in the context of the molecular basis of resistance. I will relate parasite load to epigenetic and genetic variation at key immune loci, as well as individual inbreeding level, to evaluate the relative contributions of genes and environment to parasite resistance. More broadly, I’m interested in understanding the mechanisms by which species communities respond to environmental and habitat change.
Scientific, academic and artistic work
A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database
- (2021) Genetic architecture and heritability of early-life telomere length in a wild passerine. Molecular Ecology.
- (2020) Resistance to gapeworm parasite has both additive and dominant genetic components in house sparrows, with evolutionary consequences for ability to respond to parasite challenge. Molecular Ecology. vol. 29.
- (2019) Signs of adaptation to trace metal contamination in a common urban bird. Science of the Total Environment. vol. 650.
- (2018) Signatures of genetic adaptation to extremely varied Australian environments in introduced European house sparrows. Molecular Ecology. vol. 27.
- (2018) Inferences of genetic architecture of bill morphology in house sparrow using a high-density SNP array point to a polygenic basis. Molecular Ecology. vol. 27 (17).
Part of book/report
- (2017) Effects of wind on surface feed distribution in sea cage aquaculture: A simulation study. Control Conference (ECC), 2016 European.
- (2017) Genetic basis of variation in bill morphology in a free-living house sparrow metapopulation. 2017.