Stuart Auld – NERC Independent Research Fellow
I am an evolutionary ecologist interested in disease. My current work focuses on how environmental variation affects the disease cycle – epidemiological and coevolutionary dynamics both within and across epidemics – and uses a naturally coevolving freshwater crustacean and its sterilising bacterial parasite (Daphnia magna and Pasteuria ramosa).
Other projects involve the paradox of sex, (i.e., why sex is the dominant mode of reproduction (as opposed to asexual reproduction) when it is so costly) and the effects of acute and chronic radiation exposure on life history evolution.
My research approach fuses controlled lab experiments, outdoor semi-natural mesocosm (pond) experiments, field surveys and simulation modelling.
June 2014 – present: NERC Independent Research Fellow at the University of Stirling.
January 2013 – June 2014: Impact Research Fellow at the University of Stirling.
January 2011 – December: 2012 Postdoctoral Researcher at the Georgia Institute of Technology, with Meghan Duffy.
2007 – 2011: PhD at the University of Edinburgh, with Tom Little.
2003 – 2007: BSc (1st class) and MSc at the University of Sheffield.
Follow me on twitter: @StuAuld
Office phone number: +44 (0)1786 467857
The Evolution of Sex (Course leader: Dr Andre Gilburn)
Animal Ecology (Course leader: Dr Andre Gilburn)
Immunology & Disease (Course leader: Dr Matthew Tinsley)
Committees and editorial duties
Biological & Environmental Sciences Athena-SWAN committee
Associate Editor: Evolutionary Ecology
June Brand – Lab Technician
June runs the lab and will be doing lots of lovely microsat genotyping.
Jessica Goodman – PhD Student
Jess’s research focuses on understanding the effects of chronic radiation on Daphnia pulex. She has been investigating the effects of radiation on life history in replicate natural populations collected from within and outside the Chernobyl exclusion zone (CEZ) in July 2015. Future plans involve exploring the effects of radiation on these populations across generations of Daphnia using a controlled irradiation facility based at Stirling University (lead supervisor – Prof. David Copplestone).
We are funded by: