People

Dr David Shuker

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. I am also the Secretary for the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour.

Brief CV
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.


Ginny Greenway

NERC Phd Student (2013-date)Ginny-cropped-and-smaller

Post-copulatory sexual selection in lygaeid bugs

 

 

Georgina Glaser (primary supervisor Dr Sue Healy)

BBSRC PhD Student (2013-date)

Context-dependent decision making in hummingbirds and wasps.

 

 


Previous group members:

Becky Boulton

NERC PhD student (2012-2016)

The evolution of multiple mating in Nasonia wasps.

Becky is now a post-doc at the University of Minnesota: her email is rboulton@umn.edu

Nicki Cook

Post-doctoral research associate (2013-2016)

The genetic and genomic basis of sex ratio variation Nasonia wasps.

Nicki is now a post-doc with Mike Ritchie here in St Andrews.

Jade Green

Research technican (2013-2016)mara_jade_green_lightsaber_Smaller

The genetic and genomic basis of sex ratio variation Nasonia wasps (and generally looking after things in the lab, with a light-sabre).

Dr Liam Dougherty

NERC PhD student (2011-2015)lab 007

Context-dependent reproductive behaviour in Lygaeus seed bugs.

Liam is now an adjunct post-doc at UWA. His email is liam.dougherty@uwa.edu.au

 

Dr Emily Burdfield-Steel

NERC PhD student (2010-2014)Emily and RI photo Cropped for website

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: emily.r.burdfield-steel@jyu.fi

 

Dr Rebekah Watt NERC PhD student (2008-2012)

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 Gethin Evans (NERC PhD student 2007-2011)

Sexual conflict over mating in Lygaeus seed bugs. Gethin has since been involved in conservation work in Africa and now works for Atkins-Global.

 

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.

 

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:

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.