I am interested in micro-evolutionary processes, particularly the processes of selection and local adaptation. My current focus is looking at how population growth and decline can affect evolution and adaptation. The variation in the contribution of individuals to subsequent generations (i.e. the number of descendents) is expected to vary between populations that are growing or shrinking, which will affect predictions about the strength of selection in those populations.
My PhD at the University of Oxford focused on how interactions between parents and their offspring could shape evolution, using a wild population of blue tits, Cyanistes caeruleus. I investigated how antagonistic selection could help explain stasis in body mass in the face of directional selection, and whether there was evidence for coadaptation between parent and offspring.
This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No  ANGI)