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My fundamental motivation for conducting research in ecology and evolution is my drive to contribute to conserving the planet and its fascinating biodiversity. Over the course of my education, my research interests have ranged from (applied) ethology, cognitive biology, and primatology to behavioural genetics and epigenetics. Specifically, my current projects focus on understanding genetic influences on DNA methylation, and the epigenetic role of sexual trait expression in black grouse.
August 2020 - August 2020
June 2018 - July 2022
Field Projects International
- Field Manager
- Contributing to primate sensory ecology projects, investigating tri-chromatic advantages in foraging behaviour and olfactory communication in relation to dispersal behaviour in two species of free-ranging New World monkeys.
Much debate surrounds the importance of top-down and bottom-up effects in the Southern Ocean, where the harvesting of over two million whales in the mid twentieth century is thought to have produced a massive surplus of Antarctic krill. This excess of krill may have allowed populations of other predators, such as seals and penguins, to increase, a...
Understanding the impact of hunting on genetic diversity, inbreeding and dispersal on a metapopulation of black grouse in Central Finland.
Former internship at Kees van Oers's lab at the NIOO-KNAW where I contributed to ongoing research investigating intergenerational epigenetic inheritance in the great tit. Continued research.
For my PhD project at the Hoffman lab, I will use various state-of-the-art sequencing techniques to unravel the genetic architecture of multiple sexually selected traits using the lekking black grouse (Lyrurus tetrix) as a model species. Moreover, I will explore the effects of inbreeding depression on sexual trait expression, and the role of DNA methylation as a link between the two. This interdisciplinary project is in collaboration with Carl Soulsbury (Lincoln University, UK) and Kees van Oers (NIOO-KNAW, the Netherlands).