Our Special Issue of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B

11 02 2019

Our Special Issue of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B is out today! All about Brood Parasitism, including fish, birds and insects. Thank you to my Co-Editors Claire Spottiswoode, Rose Thorogood and Ros Gloag for making the process so enjoyable, and to all our contributors. You can read the Issue here: https://royalsocietypublishing.org/toc/rstb/374/1769 

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Leverhulme funded Postdoc

30 01 2019

Looking for a postdoc? I’m looking for someone to work with me on studying the structure of eggshells, using a mix of physiological, biomechanical and engineering-based techniques. This post is for two years, funded by the Leverhulme Trust. The full job advert has now been posted online here – https://jobs.royalholloway.ac.uk/vacancy.aspx?ref=0119-029. Feel free to get in touch. You can also read more about the project on the Leverhulme website here – https://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/research-project-grants/spots-stars-or-stripes-evolution-eggshell-surface-topography

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Our Planet on Netflix Soon!

22 01 2019

Excited by “Our Planet” coming to Netflix in April and narrated by Sir David Attenborough. Spent an exciting 4 weeks in Cambodia helping film wild Siamese Fighting Fish for the Series. Definitely the best footage of them ever! (Photos: V Angkatavanich).





PhD Studentship Available

21 01 2019

We (Elli Leadbeater and myself) have a PhD opportunity – details below, and via this link. Feel free to get in touch if interested! All about the social dynamics of flocking in birds.

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Fascinating few weeks in Borneo

18 01 2019

A fascinating few weeks in Borneo. Seem to be getting into invertebrates more in the last year or so. This was a very docile scorpion, but someone appears to have cut the sting off. It seemed OK and appeared well fed. After a few days rest in Jakarta, I’m off to Melbourne to work with long-time collaborator Craig White. So far, sabbatical gets 10/10 A+.

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Brood parasite paper accepted in Phil Trans

5 01 2019

Congratulations to PhD student Steph McClelland, whose had her first PhD paper accepted! Our study finds that a reduced eggshell conductance is seemingly a commonality amongst avian brood parasites. Previously we’d just identified it in common cuckoos. More details to follow soon.





PhD Studentship Available

14 12 2018

We (Elli Leadbeater and myself) have a PhD opportunity – details below, and via this link. Feel free to get in touch if interested! All about the social dynamics of flocking in birds.

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Portugal and Leadbeater PhD Advert