I am an evolutionary ecologist broadly interested in understanding the maintenance of variation in traits under strong selection. Natural selection is predicted to reduce variation in traits, particularly at the genetic level. However, we often see considerable variation in these traits and the aim of my research is to try and understand the causes and consequences of this variation. To address these aims I use techniques from quantitative genetics and behavioural ecology in order to improve our understanding of both the genetic and environmental causes of variation.
I am currently a NERC funded post-doctoral research fellow based at the Institute of Evolutionary Biology at the University of Edinburgh. This fellowship aims to address questions related to the evolution of female mating preferences. In particular this project will look to quantify the potential benefits to female mate choice in the three-spined stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus).
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