Sam Morris

NERC ACCE PhD student

Research interests

My main research interests lie within behavioural ecology focusing on phenotypic plasticity. I am interested in how species can rapidly change both their behaviour and overall phenotype to better suit their environment.

In my PhD I am investigating how varying levels of female competition and maternal competitive phenotypes affect offspring phenotype through maternal effects. This project aims to highlight the importance of the breeding environment and how relatively small differences can impact offspring.

Education and career

•    Animal technician, Biomedical services, University of Oxford (2015-2019)

•    BSc (Hons), Zoology with Professional Placement, University of Exeter (2015-2019)

•    Research Intern, Field Conservation and Research Department, Paignton Zoo (2017-2018)

•    Teaching Assistant, Centre for Ecology and Conservation, University of Exeter (2019-2020)

•    NERC ACCE DTP PhD studentship, Mammalian Behaviour and Evolution Group, University of Liverpool (2021-2025). Supervisors: Prof. Paula Stockley and Prof. Jane Hurst.


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