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.
Retrieved from Lund University's publications database
- A quantitative and qualitative comparison of illumina MiSeq and 454 amplicon sequencing for genotyping the highly polymorphic major histocompatibility complex (MHC) in a non‑model species
- Extreme MHC class i diversity in the sedge warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus); Selection patterns and allelic divergence suggest that different genes have different functions
- Why do dogs play? Function and welfare implications of play in the domestic dog
- The effect of low light and high noise on behavioural activity, physiological indicators of stress and production in laying hens
- The effects of acute and chronic hypoxia on cortisol, glucose and lactate concentrations in different populations of three-spined sticklebacks
- The relationship between the comb and social behaviour in laying hens