We study the evolution and ecology of phenotypic plasticity, algae and ecosystem function, parrot conservation and the role of foraging behaviour in the structure and complexity of food webs. We use Daphnia, many algae species, the 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 algae. We explore the genes that underpin plasticity and local adaptation. We work with predators and with metals. We work in algae biotechnology too.

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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 Winter 2017
New edition of Getting Started with R Available now!

PhD students: Nella Roccuzzo is digging deep into mechanisms of algae flocculation (aggregation). Shlair is getting at understanding digestive physiology leading to metal effects on life history. Erika (co-supervised D. Childs) is building a rotifer chemostat! Tamora (co-supervised D. Childs) is making bird models of divorce. Nada (co-supervised K. Evans) has returned with loads of data on fireflies in Malaysia, including a new species!

We exported Dörthe Becker to the USA, to work with Alan Bergland.

Alice Rogers, UG and technician from 13 years ago, becomes an academicdult with her first new appointment as Lecturer in Wellington, NZ!

Great cohort of masters students working on candidate genes, water hardness and metals and predation.
Grant News
Andrew is a co-investigator with Roger Butlin (PI) and Rhonda Snook on a recently funded NERC grant: Experimental adaptation and speciation in rotifers

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