My current research interests focus on kin recognition mechanisms in rodents and the consequences for cooperation and competition, the importance of genetic heterozygosity and genetic compatibility in determining mate choice among mammals, and laboratory animal welfare. In particular, we are investigating the roles of two highly polymorphic regions of the genome among house mice: the Major Histocompatibility Complex (MHC) and the Major Urinary Proteins (MUPs).
I am also involved in studies looking at how management can promote good welfare and reduce anxiety among laboratory rodents.
Education and career
- BSc (Hons) Zoology, John Moores University (1997 - 2000)
- Research Technician, University of Liverpool (1990 -2001)
- Research Technician (BBSRC & DEFRA), Mammalian Behaviour & Evolution Group & Disease Ecology Group, University of Liverpool (2001 - 2003)
- Research Technician & NACWO (BBSRC, NERC), Mammalian Behaviour & Evolution Group, University of Liverpool (2003 - present)
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