|University of Stirling|
|Coauthors: Josephine Pemberton, Camillo Berenos (@cberenos), Alastair Wilson (@ali__wilson), Jill Pilkington|
|Selection- but not genotype-by-environment interactions for fitness-related traits in a wild mammal|
Changes in the strength of natural selection and genetic variation (VA) with environmental conditions may help us predict evolutionary responses to environmental change. We found increased population density (PD) in wild Soay sheep is linked to stronger selection on body size traits, but while these traits showed VA, VA did not change with PD.
|University of Birmingham|
|Coauthors: @butlerlabbham, @rogerclose|
|Tracking terrestrial tetrapod biodiversity through time|
Sampling biases in the fossil record affect our ability to decipher genuine patterns of biodiversity, causing disagreement over the large-scale patterns of terrestrial tetrapod diversification. We attempt to correct for these biases in order to re-evaluate the patterns of early tetrapod evolution.
|University of Leicester|
|Coauthor: Sarah Gabbott (@SarahGabbott; Uni of Leicester)|
|Turning squishy body bits into rock: how do soft tissue fossils form?|
Soft tissues are the most informative body parts for palaeontologists. Most organic tissues decay quickly after death, skewing the fossil record, but some rare fossil sites preserve animals with squishy bits. My work focuses on using decay experiments to understand the processes and conditions needed to turn organics that normally rot into fossils
|Using social media to promote your research and contribute to your published article’s altmetrics|
The speed at which altmetrics have become established is striking. Researchers increasingly expect to see immediate impact of their research on publication. Citations can’t deliver this, but altmetrics can. But can individual researchers drive the online attention, and the altmetric score, of their own research articles?
|Biological effects of microwaves: the good, the bad and the ugly|
Microwave fields are ubiquitous in our modern, urban environment. My work aims to understand how these fields interact with biological systems, from bioluminescent bacteria to human heart cells. Potential applications include improved regulation of microwave-emitting devices and enhanced treatment of cardiac arrhythmias and cancer.
|University of Leeds|
|Coauthors: Mike Symonicz, Rajan Sharma, Hope Adamson,|
|Nanoparticle sensors for Identifying Viral or Bacterial Infections|
We are investigating the development of nanoparticle sensors to detect different proteins that the body produces when fighting either a viral or bacterial infection. If we can distinguish between these responses, we can decide whether it is best to use antibiotics or not and reduce the chance of Resistant bacteria emerging