Background and activities
I have a broad interest in the causes and consequences of phenotypic variation within species. Much of my work has operated at the intersection of physiology and ecology, a theme that I am continuing with in my Marie-Skłodowska Curie Fellowship, in which I am collaborating with Prof. Sigurd Einum on the European Union Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme funded project ‘Adaptive plasticity meets unpredictability: how do organisms cope with changing environmental variability?’ In my fellowship, I am using the freshwater cladoceran Daphnia magna to investigate phenotypic responses to changing patterns of temperature variability: chiefly can organisms detect levels and predictability of environmental variation? How can they respond to this through phenotypic plasticity and could there be potential for such plasticity to evolve given its specific costs and benefits?
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
- (2018) Automated measurement of upper thermal limits in small aquatic animals. Journal of Experimental Biology. vol. 221 (17).
- (2016) Maternal age at maturation underpins contrasting behavior in offspring. Behavioral Ecology. vol. 27 (5).
- (2014) Can environmental conditions experienced in early life influence future generations?. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Biological Sciences. vol. 281.
- (2013) Among-sibling differences in the phenotypes off juvenile fish depend on their location within the egg mass and maternal dominance rank. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Biological Sciences. vol. 280.
- (2013) Early maternal experience shapes offspring performance in the wild. Ecology. vol. 94.
- (2013) Offspring investment in wild Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar): relationships with smolt age and spawning condition. Ecology of Freshwater Fish. vol. 22.
- (2011) Egg hormones in a highly fecund vertebrate: do they influence offspring social structure in competitive conditions?. Functional Ecology. vol. 25.
- (2011) What causes intraspecific variation in resting metabolic rate and what are its ecological consequences?. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Biological Sciences. vol. 278.