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My research interests lie in the field of host-parasite dynamics, particularly host behavioural, anatomical and physiological responses to parasitic disease. Parasites are an important evolutionary agent that continually adapt to diverse host resistant genotypes and promote genetic polymorphisms in their host. My research addresses both the virulence and prevalence of the various avian Haemosporidian parasite lineages found in a collared flycatcher ( Ficedula albicollis) population and determine how this relates to host immunity. The cost of mounting an immune response must be balanced with other resource dependent traits, which means that immunity is involved in resource trade-offs that are integral to life history theory (LH). While LH traits are considered to be hardwired in avian evolutionary history, there is a certain level of plasticity that allows an individual to adjust LH traits depending on their condition and environmental factors - in order to maximise lifetime reproductive success. My research focuses on the effect of parasitism on collared flycatcher LH strategies, while also considering the underlying physiological mechanisms involved in resource trade-offs.
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