Scheme: University Research Fellowship
Organisation: University of Oxford
Dates: Oct 2014-Sep 2017
Summary: I am interested in the evolution of cooperative behaviour because it poses a special problem for evolutionary theory - how can selection favour a behaviour that reduces reproductive success? The question is important, not just so we can gain an insight into striking examples such as colonies of social insects or meerkat groups, but because it is fundamental to understanding life as we know it: the evolution of the genome, the eukaryotic cell and multicellular organisms.
My main focus has been the use of the bacterial system Pseudomonas aeruginosa, as an experimental system for testing predictions of social evolution theory.
My current projects fall into two main categories:
(1) The application of social evolution theory to understand clinical problems of bacterial infection.
(2) The use of meta-analysis to test predictions of social evolution theory in patterns across species, primarily cooperatively breeding birds.
Dates: Oct 2009-Sep 2014
Scheme: Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship
Dates: Oct 2005-Sep 2009