I am an evolutionary ecologist with a particular interest in understanding the causes and consequences of developmental variation. I use genomic, transcriptomic and proteomic approaches to study the mechanisms underlying this variation, and investigate the evolutionary implications by comparing different populations or strains.
I carried out my PhD between 2008 and 2012 here at the University of Liverpool, studying how the interaction between genetic, environmental and maternal effects results in developmental plasticity in the water flea Daphnia. In 2013 I moved to the European Institute for Marine Studies (IUEM) in France, where I was a postdoctoral research associate studying how different species of marine molluscs acclimate to environmental stress during development. Then in 2016 I was awarded a LabexMer fellowship to work at the French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea (Ifremer), where I investigated differences in the acclimation of two populations of the great scallop to climate stress.
I am now working with Dr Andrea Betancourt, investigating the selective impact of transposable elements in Drosophila melanogaster.