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Emily O'Connor

My research to date has focused on the intraspecific mechanisms by which animals cope with environmental challenges. I did my Ph.D at the University of Liverpool (UK), investigating the behavioural and physiological adjustments that have enabled three-spined sticklebacks to cope with living in low oxygen environments. Following this project, I changed system to assess the consequences of anthropogenic challenges, i.e. stressors, on the social behaviour and physiology of domesticated animals during a post-doc at the Royal Veterinary College (University of London).

I have now returned my focus to wild animals, investigating how migratory birds have adapted to cope with the stressors and challenges associated with migration. This post-doc is within the CAnMove initiative. Migrant birds are likely to be exposed to many more pathogens than residents of the same species. Therefore, it could be expected that migrants have evolved the capacity to recognise a broader range of pathogens than residents. I am investigating this prediction by comparing the MHC diversity of migratory and non-migratory passerines, using next generation sequencing techniques.

Emily O'Connor
E-mail: emily.oconnor [at]

Postdoctoral fellow


+46 46 222 37 22



Centre for Animal Movement Research
Evolutionary Ecology, Department of Biology
Ecology building S-223 62 Lund Sweden