My research aims to understand how cooperation between hosts and symbiotic microbes evolves, and what the consequences of these relationships are for host ecology and evolution. In my lab we seek to understand symbiotic interactions at all levels, from molecules, to ecology, and at a macro-evolutionary scale. My research combines theoretical predictions from ecology and evolution with large-scale empirical tests, using the latest molecular and experimental techniques – including evolutionary genetics, genomics, comparative methods, theoretical modelling, and laboratory in vivo experiments.
Current research themes investigate: how beneficial microbes aid in host adaptation to ecological niches, what causes major evolutionary transitions to permanent symbioses, and understanding the structure and function of insect microbiomes.
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