Projects

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Current Projects

Fitness consequences of personality in House Sparrows (Passer domesticus)

Genetic control of avian plumage traits

Gene mapping in Soay sheep by linkage and linkage disequilibrium analysis

The selection and evolution of parasite resistance genes in a free-living mammal population

Egyptian spiny mouse population genetics

Gene mapping in wild bird populations

Microevolution in a long term, individual-based study of great tits

Great tit evolutionary genomics

UK Popnet

Genetic analysis of the Australian Brush-turkey

Sexual selection and fitness in the co-operatively breeding Seychelles warbler

Direct and indirect fitness effects of parental care in house sparrows

The Lundy Island house sparrow project

Plumage patterns of the Gouldian finch

A phylogeny of African plovers

Genetic variation and the response of plant communities to climate change

Genetics of sterility in a grasshopper (Chorthippus parallelus) hybrid zone

Genetics of speciation in grasshoppers

Selection for adapation and the genetics of differentiation in Littorina saxatilis

Adaptation and barriers to gene flow in the marine snail Littorina saxatilis

Global Bedbug Spread: planes, genes and insecticides

Sexual selection and the rapid evolution of reproductive genes

Chemosensory genes and host-associated speciation in
aphids

Systematic review for knowledge exchange in conservation genetics

Genetics of Myotis bats

Nest mate recognition system in the narrow headed ant Formica exsecta


Past Projects

Mate choice in the house sparrow, Passer domesticus

Sexual selection in the house sparrow (Passer domesticus)


Biodiversity in European chickens

Mapping of quantitative trait loci for male fertility traits in the chicken


Analysis of a two-species newt metapopulation using microsatellites

Genetic testing of GIS-based models of dispersal in Triturus newts

Habitat-dependent patterns of reproductive success in the common newt (Triturus vulgaris)


Population genetics of the Eurasian badger (Meles meles)

Social behaviour in the Eurasian badger (Meles meles)


Genetic identification of illegal trade in the Cape parrot (Poicephalus robustus) and blue crane (Grus paradisea)

Reproductive strategies in the common sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)

Sexual selection in the blue tit (Parus caeruleus)

Ecological and genetic basis of 'gigantism' in an island bird: an empirical test of new marker-based approaches



Role of microRNAs in phenotypic plasticity to environmental change

Effects of genetic impoverishment on plant community structure and diversity


Spatial and sexual segregation of Daubenton's bats in Wharfdale: a behavioural and genetic approach

Evolutionary genetics of the phenotypic response to environmental change in the North American red squirrel

The evolutionary genetics of social dominance in mountain goats, Oreamnos americanus


Worker policing, worker reproduction, and nepotism in honey bees


Collaborative Projects

Kinship and paternity studies in birds

Investment strategies by parents and helpers in the cooperatively breeding long-tailed tit.

The effect of ecology,demography and migration on the prevalence of cooperative breeding in the long-tailed tit.

Alternative routes to cooperative breeding in the Rifleman, Acanthisitta chloris.

The evolution of cooperative behaviour in the sociable weaver (Philetairus socius)

Molecular genetics of alternative male reproductive morphs in Ruffs (Philomachus pugnax)

The group´s work is currently supported by grants from: Natural Environment Research Council, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, European Commission, the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), Scottish Natural Heritage, the Marie Curie Programme (EU) and the White Rose Fund.