Dr Emily Burdfield-Steel
NERC PhD student (2010-2014)

I am interested in the evolution of sexual traits and behaviours and how these affect species ecology. My PhD work was on the causes and consequences of reproductive interference in the Lygaeidae. I have just started a post-doc at the University of Jyvaskyla on variation in chemical protection in the wood tiger moth.

2009-2010 MSc. Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics, University of Manchester, U.K.
2006-2009 BSc. (Hons) Zoology, University of Manchester, U.K.

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Burdfield-Steel, E.R. & Shuker, D.M. (2014) The evolutionary ecology of the Lygaeidae. Ecology & Evolution, (2014).

Emily R. Burdfield-Steel, Liam R. Dougherty, Lynsey A. Smith, Laura A. Collins,David M. Shuker (2013) Variation in social and sexual behaviour in four species of aposematic seed bugs (Hemiptera: Lygaeidae): The role of toxic and non-toxic food. Behavioural Processes, 99 (2013) 52– 6.

†Dougherty, L.R., †Burdfield-Steel, E.R. & Shuker, D.M. (2013) Sexual stereotypes: the case of sexual cannibalism. Animal Behaviour, 85: 313-322. († Liam and Emily contributed equally to this paper)

Truelove, N.K., Burdfield-Steel, E., Griffiths, S., Ley-Cooper, K., Preziosi, R., Butler, M.J., Behringer, D.C., Box, S. & Canty, S. (2012) Genetic Connectivity of Caribbean Spiny Lobster (Panulirus argus) in Belize. Proc. Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Inst. 64: 464-467.

Burdfield-Steel, E.R. & Shuker, D.M. (2011) Reproductive interference. Current Biology, 21: R450-451.

In the lab

My personal website is http://bugbehaviouralecology.wordpress.com/