I am an evolutionary ecologist working on the interface of evolution, behavioural ecology, and parasitology. I am particularly interested in interspecific interactions and their evolutionary consequences.
Many parasites have the ability to modify the behaviour of their host to fit their own interest often with severe fitness consequences for their host. What happens to this host manipulation if multiple parasites infect a host? How do parasites manipulate and are they really the ones in charge? These are questions I have been investigating using mostly the cestode parasite Schistocephalus solidus and its first intermediate copepod host.
Recently, I have moved on to work on aphid-symbiont-parasitoid interactions to better understand how symbiont diversity is maintained and which role parasitoids may play in its maintenance.