I am a senior lecturer in population biology at Newcastle University, School of Natural and Environmental Sciences. I have guest affiliations with the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics at the University of Amsterdam, and the Netherlands Institute for Sea Research.
My research interests comprise a range of topics that include behavioural ecology, eco-evolutionary dynamics, life history theory, energy budget theory, demography and the conservation of marine coastal species. My research aims at developing a mechanistic framework to link ecology and evolution on the basis of the processes that drive the dynamics of heritable life history traits. I test this framework mainly on estuarine and marine animals (beach hoppers, ray-finned fish, manta rays and reef sharks). I also study how populations are affected by harvesting, fishing and environmental change, and investigate the evolution and maintenance of discrete, alternative phenotypes within single populations.. I have blog posts on some of my research results.
Also, as an academic, parent and partner, the issue of balance is frequently on my mind. On my blog here I share some of these reflections.