Ecology and Evolution in Red Squirrels

I am investigating reproductive trade-offs and mating behaviour in red squirrels:

1. I am using long-term data to investigate whether age at first reproduction affects senescence.

2. I am interested in whether resource pulses influence male life history traits and mating behaviour.

3. I am testing whether individual-level resources are linked with reproductive success and mating behaviour.

4. I am testing whether there is a link between personality, life history traits, fitness, and resource pulses.

These projects are a collaboration with the Kluane Red Squirrel Project which I started during my PhD at the University of Alberta under the supervision of Dr. Stan Boutin.

Female Red Grouse Ornamentation

I investigated ornamentation in female red grouse and potential trade-offs with reproductive success. We found that comb size was positively correlated with body condition but negatively correlated with internal parasites. I completed this research as part of my MPhil thesis at the University of Aberdeen where I worked under the supervision of Dr. Jesus Martinez-Padilla and Dr. Steve Redpath.