January 11th 2016 – Kirsty MacLeod, University of Cambridge

Kirsty MacLeodI am a behavioural ecologist with broad interests in mating system, maternal investment, and cooperation. I am particularly interested in behavioural plasticity, particularly in how mothers allocate resources to their offspring.I was born in South Africa, but have grown up on the beautiful west coast of Scotland. Unsurprisingly this background has given me a love of wild places, and wild animals that I love to share. The amazing quirks of nature and science gives me lots of inspiration. I am currently a post-doctoral research associate in the Department of Zoology at the University of Cambridge, working with Dr Rose Thorogood on how dietary supplementation might influence maternal reproductive strategies with regards to incubation behaviour and hatching spread. In 2014 I completed a PhD under the supervision of Professor Tim Clutton-Brock at the University of Cambridge looking at helper investment in offspring through allonursing in the Kalahari meerkat.

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