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Department of Biological and Medical Sciences
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
I have a background in ecology and empirical population genetics with an emphasis on aquatic habitats. My PhD was a selection component analysis of an enzyme polymorphism in an intertidal isopod (Sphaeroma rugicauda) and I subsequently did postdoctoral research on the genetic zoogeography of a glacial relic crustacean species complex (Mysis relicta) in deep postglacial lakes. All this equipped me admirably for a career in the Kalahari Desert and I spent several years lecturing and researching on temporary pools at the University of Botswana before returning to the UK.
I am interested in many aspects of evolutionary ecology, particularly in marginal environments such as the edges of species ranges and ephemeral habitats. My empirical research focusses on temporary aquatic habitats in southern Africa, particularly Botswana; and the sand martin flea hybrid zone in the British Isles. I am also interested in theories of adaptation and speciation; particularly in unpredictable environments.
My research is conducted within the Centre for Ecology, Environment and Conservation