Minor projects 

 Two male parasitoid wasps ( Melittobia acasta) , fighting to the death.  (Credit: Tabitha Innocent)

Two male parasitoid wasps (Melittobia acasta), fighting to the death.  (Credit: Tabitha Innocent)

 A parasitoid wasp ( Nasonia vitripennis ) emerging from a blowfly. (Photo credit: Sarah Reece)

A parasitoid wasp (Nasonia vitripennis) emerging from a blowfly. (Photo credit: Sarah Reece)

 Green turtle hatchling ( Chelonia mydas ). 

Green turtle hatchling (Chelonia mydas). 

 In addition to our main research themes, we have dabbled or are dabbling in, the following areas:

  • Asking how maternally transmitted immunity to malaria parasites is shaped by drug treatment of maternal infections and parasite genetic variation
  • Historic and contemporary molecular evolution and phylogenetics of rodent malaria parasites.
  • Testing whether the benefits of mounting inflammatory immune responses to cure severe disease in early life turn out to be costly later in life
  • Integrating experiments with theory via collaborations with mathematical modellers
  • Genomics and transcriptomics of virulence (harm caused to hosts by parasites)
  • Evolution of variable phenotypes through noise in gene expression and bet-hedging.  
  • Curating, archiving, and making available for purchase stocks of the largest and most diverse collection of rodent malaria parasites in the world as part of Edinburgh’s European Malaria Reagents Repository. http://www.malariaresearch.eu
  • Examining how interactions between relatives and over resources shape social traits, from offspring sex ratios to lethal combat, in parasitoid wasps (Nasonia, Melittobia) and bean beetles (Callosobruchus)
  • Asking why the sex of sea turtles (Chelonia, Carretta) is determined by incubation temperature