I am an evolutionary biologist with strong interests in behavioural endocrinology. My primary research goals are aimed at understanding adaptive phenotypic plasticity, particularly in individuals experiencing different environmental pressures, being climate driven or parasitic in nature.
My research is mostly empirical and typically employs the use of field manipulation experiments performed in wild species directly in their natural environment. I typically employ a multi-disciplinary approach to tackle my questions, often looking at proximate mechanisms and ultimate reasons leading to individuals displaying certain adaptations. Some of the topics I have addressed so far include: sociality (mating systems in particular), dispersal, parents-offspring conflicts, performance and personality.
Currently I am working on maternal effects and host-parasite interactions.
recent and Up coming events
It’s All About Birds
The 2019 Field Season is officially well on its way. This year I am working on a number of different projects on behalf of the Queen’s University. They all have one thing in common: they all involve birds! Thrilled to be getting more and more experience working with this fantastic animals.
2019 Art of Research Photo Contest: Out in the Field category Winner
I am so excited to announce that another one of my photographs has been awarded! Read the whole story and check out some of the other talented winners in this article published in the Queen’s Gazette.
QUBS Species and Status
One of the tasks I have been working on in my new duty as the Queen’s University Biological Station Research Coordinator has been to update the species lists. Since QUBS properties include an estimated 3400 hectares (>8000 acres) and cover a number of different habitats, it was no easy task. I am proud to announce that after some weeks of hard work I did it! QUBS species lists are now available for all the interested parties to consult.
In National Geographic!
I don’t normally like to brag, but I am going to make an exception here. My picture of a rufous-eared warbler has been chosen by National Geographic as one of their best photos of the week. My photo is number 6 in the gallery. Check it out here: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/…/best-pictures-week-of…/
The Field Season might be over, but…
And it was another exciting and successful field season with plenty of red-winged blacked birds captured. Excited to see what the data will tell us…