My research interests focus on insect behavioural ecology, especially the evolution of insect reproductive behaviour. We use whole-organism and genetic approaches to explore how insect behaviour evolves, testing ecological and evolutionary theory in the process. Until recently I was also the Secretary for the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour.
2015-2015 Visiting Research Fellow, University of Western Australia, Australia.
2013-date Senior Lecturer, University of St Andrews, U.K.
2012-2013 Lecturer, University of St Andrews, U.K.
2009-2011 NERC Advanced Research Fellow & Lecturer, University of St Andrews, U.K.
2007-2009 NERC Advanced Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh, U.K.
2004-2006 NERC Post-doc, University of Edinburgh, U.K.
2001-2004 BBSRC Post-doc, University of Edinburgh, U.K.
2000-2001 NERC Post-doc, University of Leeds, U.K.
1999-2000 Research Assistant, University of Manchester, U.K.
1998-1999 Teaching Fellow, University of Nottingham, U.K.
1994-1998 PhD. University of Nottingham, U.K.
1991-1994 BSc. (Hons) Pure and Applied Ecology, University of Sheffield, U.K.
1990-1991 The Natural History Museum, London.
For a thinly disguised pen-portrait of me, Dan Brown borrowed me for a character in one of his novels – please go HERE to read it.
Mating failure in seed bugs
Post-copulatory sexual selection in seed bugs
Testing sex allocation theory in wasps
The effects of neonicotinoids on reproductive behaviour of parasitic wasps
Previous group members:
Visiting Masters student, Agrocampus Ouest, France
Mating systems of Lygaeus seed bugs
Post-copulatory sexual selection in lygaeid bugs
Ginny is now a post-doc at the University of Florida: her new email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Georgina Glaser (primary supervisor Dr Sue Healy)
Context-dependent decision making in hummingbirds and wasps.
Georgina is about to start a Royal Society science communication internship
The evolution of multiple mating in Nasonia wasps.
Becky has moved on from Minnesota and is now a post-doc at the University of Exeter: her email is R.Boulton@exeter.ac.uk
The genetic and genomic basis of sex ratio variation Nasonia wasps.
Nicki is now a post-doc with Mike Ritchie here in St Andrews.
The genetic and genomic basis of sex ratio variation Nasonia wasps (and generally looking after things in the lab, with a light-sabre).
Context-dependent reproductive behaviour in Lygaeus seed bugs.
Liam is now a Leverhulme Fellow at the University of Liverpool. His email is Liam.Dougherty@liverpool.ac.uk
The causes and consequences of reproductive interference in five species of seed bug (Hemiptera: Lygaeidae).
Emily is now a post-doc in Jyvaskyla: her email is: email@example.com Emily will be starting a lectureship in Amsterdam in the New Year!
The transcriptomic basis of post-mating responses in females of the parasitic wasp Nasonia vitripennis.
Dr Anna Auld (nee Moynihan; NERC PhD student 2007-2011)
Sexual selection and sex allocation in the gregarious parasitoid wasp Nasonia vitripennis.
Dr Laura Ross (PhD student 2006-2010)
Genetic conflict and sex allocation in scale insects (Coccoidea). Laura is currently a NERC Research Fellow in Edinburgh, albeit now with an ERC grant and a permanent position…!
Dr Bart Pannebakker (Post-doc 2005-2008)
Genetic basis of sex allocation in Nasonia vitripennis. Bart now has a faculty position at the University of Wageningen.
Dr Max Burton (NERC PhD student 2003-2007)
The mating and reproductive behaviour of the gregarious parasitoid wasp Nasonia vitripennis. Max is currently a post-doc in Oxford.
Dr Ed Sykes (BBSRC PhD student 2003-2007)
Life history evolution in the parasitoid wasp Nasonia vitripennis. Ed is currently at the Science Media Centre in London.
Senior Honours* and summer students/interns:
2018-19 Sophie Zawadzki*, Amy Knight*, Clea Russell*, Hannah Wilson*, Georgia Kay*, Dani Black (again! Laidlaw Scholarship Programme)
2017-18 Jasmin Martin*, Ryan Teague*, Mia Corliss, Dani Black (Laidlaw Scholarship Programme)
2016-17 Jane Gordon*, Emma Laurent*
2014-15 Mhari Miller*, Alex Fryer*, Vicki Balfour (ASAB Undergraduate Project Scholarship), Sophie van Meyel (University of Poitiers), Connor Dunleavy (supported by the Nuffield Foundation Research Placement Scheme).
2013-14 Sam Auty*#, Sophie Gill & Charlotte Blackburn (both supported by the Nuffield Foundation Research Placement Scheme), Vicki Balfour
# Sam was awarded a Certificate of Commendation by the Zoological Society of London as part of the Charles Darwin Award & Marsh Prize for the best undergraduate thesis across the UK.
2012-13 Hannah Learney*
2011-12 Laura Collins, Laura Couldrey*, Raluca Herascu (IBANS Scholarship), Kathryn Scott*, Lynsey Ann Smith
2010-11 Anna Bird*, Michael Dimmock*, MIlly McGlone (ASAB Undergraduate Project Scholarship)
2009-10 Niall Currie*, Chris Doughty*, Jessica Haghkerdar, Jack McLachlan
2008-09 Toby Nowlan*, Jennifer Park
2008 and before: previous illustrious under-grad alumni supervised in part or in full by Dave include Ali Duncan, Penelope Whitehorn, Jess Phillimore, Alice Laughton, Gav Ballantyne, Lucy Browning, and Felicity Muth.