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.
Sexual selection in true bugs
Mating failure in seed bugs
Previous group members:
Post-copulatory sexual selection in seed bugs
Testing sex allocation theory in wasps
The effects of neonicotinoids on reproductive behaviour of parasitic wasps
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.
The evolution of multiple mating in Nasonia wasps.
After post-docs in Minnesota and the University of Exeter, and a fellowship in the Netherlands, Becky will be a BBSRC Fellow at Stirling University: her current email is R.Boulton@exeter.ac.uk
The genetic and genomic basis of sex ratio variation Nasonia wasps.
Nicki is now the Managing Editor of the Journal of Evolutionary Biology.
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 has a tenure-track position 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 an Associate Professor at the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). Her email is: email@example.com
The transcriptomic basis of post-mating responses in females of the parasitic wasp Nasonia vitripennis.
Rebekah now has a career in the pharmaceutical industry.
Dr Anna Auld (nee Moynihan; NERC PhD student 2007-2011)
Sexual selection and sex allocation in the gregarious parasitoid wasp Nasonia vitripennis. Anna is a recruitment consultant.
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 has a position at the University of Lausanne.
Dr Ed Sykes (BBSRC PhD student 2003-2007)
Life history evolution in the parasitoid wasp Nasonia vitripennis. Formerly of the Science Media Centre and Babylon, Ed now works in healthcare research.
Senior Honours and Taught Masters students* and summer students/interns:
2020-21 Maddy Abbs*, Bekki Gorgon*, Mia Richmond*, Julie MacDonald*, Melissa Wright*, Dani Black*, Anna Dorling*, Andrew Spires*, Leila Cooper, Heidi Bough, Liliana Potter.
2019-20 Andrew Smith*, Katie Delahooke*, Lea Fourchault (supported by University of St Andrews URAS scholarship), Madingley Abbs (supported by an ASAB Undergraduate Project Scholarship), Leila Cooper
2018-19 Sophie Zawadzki*, Amy Knight*, Clea Russell*, Hannah Wilson*, Georgia Kay*, Dani Black (again! Laidlaw Scholarship Programme and BBSRC Research Experience Placement), Ksenia Potapova
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)
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.