|2008 -||Senior Lecturer||Department of Biology, University of York|
|2007||Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Award|
|2002||York Certificate of Academic Practice|
|1998 - 2008||Lecturer||Department of Biology, University of York|
|1997||MA||University of Oxford|
|1996 - 1998||Royal Society Post-Doctoral Fellow||Leiden (Netherlands)|
|1996||PhD||University of London (Imperial College)|
|1992||BA Zoology||University of Oxford|
My main interest is the evolutionary ecology of insects, and my work combines field and laboratory studies, comparative biology and theory. One focus is the explanation of life history traits through ecological selection pressures and constraints, especially in parasitic wasps which are very species rich and have fascinating biology. I also have significant interests in macroevolution (understanding the diversification of insects) and the ecological basis of conservation biology (devising tools to conserve parasitoids).
During the last 520 million years, warm “greenhouse” phases have been associated with relatively low biodiversity and relatively high extinction and origination rates compared to cooler “icehouse” phases. Tree species richness can be a good surrogate of parasitoid richness for use in nature reserve selection.
||Understanding the constraints on sex ratio adaptation using artificial neural networks |
||Evolutionary explanations for insect diversity |
||A supertree of insect families |
||Biological control of the greenhouse shorefly using two species of parasitoid |
||Reproduction, senescence and longevity in humans. |
Insect macroevolution, life history evolution, evolutionary ecology and biological control (for 2012 - 13)
I welcome inquiries from students interested in pursuing a PhD on any area of my research. I prefer not to outline a specific project at this stage but can work out a project of mutual interest in conversation with you.