We study the evolution and ecology of phenotypic plasticity, parrot conservation and the role of foraging behaviour in the structure and complexity of food webs. We use Daphnia, Yellow Shouldered Amazon Parrots and Food Webs for our Research.

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Phenotypic Plasticity
We study the local adaptation of plasticity in real ponds and in daphnia and alage. We explore the genes that underpin plasticity and local adaptation. We work with predators and with metals.

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Parrot Conservation
We study the demography of parrots. We link this to socioeconomic constraints and trade-offs in conservation management. We build models.

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We work with R. Owen Petchey and Dylan Childs, my colleagues, and I write books and teach courses about using R. R is good.

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Food Webs
We explore the structure and complexity of food webs. We use optimal foraging theory to define the rules linking predators and prey. This is network biology.

The Autumn 2015
We welcome Tamora James to the group, co-supervised by Dylan Childs, working on parrot conservation modelling. Dörthe Becker is slaving in the lab on a huge project exploring the ‘omics signature of tolerance to predation. Mohammad Ali successfully defended his thesis on fish and food webs, with minor corrections. Shlair Sadeq is developing protocols for assessing digestive enzymes in Daphnia. Nella Roccuzzo is watching algae blobs form in response to daphnia, instead of engineering flocculants. Andrew, Owen and Dylan have had accepted their proposal for the 2nd edition of Getting Started with R.
Forthcoming Papers
Andrew is writing a BIG paper on plasticity and local adaptation with Alan Bergland and Matt Robinson.

Meta-analysis of copper effects on Daphnia

Meta-analysis of algae flocculation

The interaction between predation and copper on induced morphological defences.

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