Parasite Ecology and Epidimiology
We are interested in the influence of external (eg. year of study, season, site, habitat) and internal (eg. age, sex, genetic constitution, immune capacity, social status) factors on parasitic infections (predominantly helminths but also haemoparasites and protozoa of the intestinal tract) in wild animals. This informs a further interest in the consequences that variation in parasitic infections among isolated and semi-isolated populations has for evolution of life histories and resistance mechanisms of the hosts concerned.
Currently our work focuses on wild rodents and sticklebacks, and the studies are being conducted in locations ranging from locally in Nottinghamshire to Scotland, Poland, Egypt and Canada.