Lab Members

This page will contain all the information about current and past people in my research group and also persons I co-supervise. To see the latest opportunities, click here. If you are interested in joining my lab, then please send me an email with your CV and outline of research interests/ideas.

Dr Carl Soulsbury

Dr Carl Soulsbury sliding in snowMy main interest is in the evolution of life history strategies. My work is primarily focussed on the behavioural and evolutionary ecology of vertebrates, but I have expanded my research to include work on plant and insect life histories. I did my undergraduate at the University of Aberdeen where I was awared the Nicol Prize for the top zoology graduate. I went on to do a PhD on red fox Vulpes vulpes dispersal at the University of Bristol, supervised by Prof. Stephen Harris (retired) and Dr Phil Baker (now at Reading Unviersity). I've since carried out a postdoc at the University of Jyvaskyla on black grouse behavioural ecology and am now a senior lecturer at the University of Lincoln.

To view my publication list, click here. I also post updates on Twitter @cds_york.

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Current students


Libery Gray

Liberty is carrying out Masters by Research looking at the floral phenotypes and how this may be affected by changes in UV-B radiation. Using a combination of herbaria specimens and experiments in the greenhouse and growth chambers, she is looking at spatial and temporal patterns of floral patterns and will test whether plants can plastically respond to increased UV-B, but changing their floral patterns.



Ed Woodrow

Ed is carrying out Masters by Research looking at the changes in deer damage in the Bardney Limewood complex. Over the last 40 years, deer numbers have increased substantially in Lincolnshire. Using a combination of historical records and surveying, Ed plans to assess what factors drive damage in this important remnant woodland complex.


Ben Chivers

Ben is carrying a PhD with Prof. Fernando Montealegre-Z, using ยต-Scanning Laser Doppler vibrometry. He is conducting a massive scale study of stridulation and wing mechanics across different species of katydid. Data collected by Ben will serve to implement biophysical models of wing vibration in fossil specimens.


Sofia Fernandez Navarro

Sofia is working at the Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Centre, in the Congo where she is conducting her PhD on chimpanzee welfare and rehabilitation.



Himara Van Haevermaet

Himara is carrying out a part-time PhD with Prof. Daniel Mills, looking at the dog aggression and signals used by aggressive dogs.


Some former students


Sarah Harris

Sarah completed her Masters by Research in March 2016 looking at the red eye combs in black grouse and how these relate female mate choice, heritability and indivudual scheduling of growth.


Dr Matti Kervinen

I began my PhD in January 2010, studying the ecological factors affecting the lifetime fitness of black grouse males. My aim is to disentangle which factors contribute most to the variation in male reproductive success and survival at different ages. I am widely interested in behavioural ecology and evolutionary biology, with a particular interest in animal behaviour and sexual selection in a wild animal population. Moreover, I am interested in wildlife management and conservation. On my free time I relax in many kinds of outdoor activities - hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, to name but a few. To enable these ecosystem services for everybody in future too, it is important to take care of the environment and use these resources responsibly in sustainable manners.


Anssi Lipponen

I started to work on the black grouse project in summer 2005 as a trainee and a year later I started to my BSc thesis on magpie (Pica pica) microsatellites. Afterwards I have been working in the project as a laboratory technician, measuring several physiological and genetic factors, as well as familiarising trainees and visiting researchers to laboratory measurements. In 2011, I finished my MSc studies and thesis in the black grouse project, where I developed a nested qPCR technique to measure blood parasite loads. I current am studying for a PhD at the University of Eastern Finland.

Eini Niemienen

Eini completed here Masters looking at temporal scheduling of male leking effort. In particular, she found that young males increased their effort as older males spent less time on the lek and fought less. This work was published in Behaviour.

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