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.
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 study the demography of parrots. We link this to socioeconomic constraints and trade-offs in conservation management. We build models.
We work with R. Owen Petchey and Dylan Childs, my colleagues, and I write books and teach courses about using R. R is good.
AMB Express: Competitive growth experiments with a high-lipid Chlamydomonas reinhardtii mutant strain and its wild-type to predict industrial and ecological risks
Biotechnology Letters: The use of natural infochemicals for sustainable and efficient harvesting of the microalgae Scenedesmus spp. for biotechnology: insights from a meta-analysis
Frontiers in Microbiology: A metaproteomic analysis of the response of a freshwater microbial community under nutrient enrichment.
Current Biology: Eco-evolutionary Biology: Feeding and Feedback Loops (Invited Dispatch)
Ecology Letters: The ecological forecast horizon
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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
Great cohort of masters students working on candidate genes, water hardness and metals and predation.