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Our Seychelles warbler meeting, April 2012, Tenerife

From back left to right: Terry Burke, Sjouke Kingma, Lewis Spurgin, David Wright, Martijn Hammers, Emma Barrett and David Richardson
From front left to right: Danni Gilroy, Jan Komdeur and Hannah Dugdale

 

Principle investigators

Prof Jan Komdeur, University of Groningen, NL (RUG)
j.komdeur[at]rug.nl

Prof Terry Burke, University of Sheffield, UK (Sheffield)
t.a.burke[at]sheffield.ac.uk

Prof David S Richardson, University of East Anglia, UK (UEA)
david.richardson[at]uea.ac.uk
Prof David S Richardson (UEA) uses molecular techniques to address questions in evolutionary, behavioural and conservation ecology. Read more

Dr Hannah Dugdale, University of Leeds, UK
h.dugdale[at]leeds.ac.uk
I am an evolutionary biologist, interested in why diversity in individual characteristics have evolved and are maintained in natural populations. Read more

Postdoctoral researchers

Dr Sjouke Kingma
VENI Post-doctoral researcher (2013-2017) Sharing is caring: the evolutionary stability of group living in cooperative animals
Based at RUG. Collaboration with David Richardson, Jan Komdeur and Terry Burke. Supported by Nature Seychelles.
s.a.kingma[at]rug.nl

Dr Martijn Hammers
VENI Post-doctoral researcher (2015-2019) Why do social species live longer?
Based at RUG. Collaboration with David Richardson, Hannah Dugdale, Jan Komdeur and Terry Burke. Supported by Nature Seychelles.
m.hammers[at]rug.nl

 

PhD students

Charlotte Bartleet-Cross
NERC PhD (2016-2020) Conservation genomics of the Seychelles warbler. Supervised by Terry Burke, Hannah Dugdale & Steve Paterson. Supported by David Richardson, Jan Komdeur & Nature Seychelles.
clbartleet-cross1[at]sheffield.ac.uk

Charli Davies
NERC PhD (2016-2020) Offspring or survival: Antagonistic effects and the maintenance of genetic variation in an isolated island population of Seychelles warblers
Based at UEA. Supervised by David Richardson, Hannah Dugdale & . Supported by Terry Burke, Jan Komdeur & Nature Seychelles.
Charlotte.S.Davies[at]uea.ac.uk

Frank Groenewoud
PhD (2013-2017) Group stability under environmental heterogeneity in cooperatively breeding vertebrates
Based at RUG

Sara Raj Pant
Joint PhD (2015-2018) Investigating the evolutionary forces underlying extra-pair paternity in Seychelles warblers.
Based at UEA & RUG. Supervised by David Richardson, Hannah Dugdale & Jan Komdeur. Supported by Nature Seychelles.
S.Raj-Pant@uea.ac.uk

Michela Busana
NWO PhD (2013-2017) Influence of demographic and social environment on individual behavioural phenotypes and fitness
Based at RUG. Supervised by Jan Komdeur and Hananh Dugdale. Supported by David Richardson, Terry Burke, and Nature Seychelles.
m.busana[at]rug.nl

Kat Bebbington
NERC PhD (2013-2017) Telomeres as biomarkers of costs and quality in a wild population of Seychelles warblers
Based at UEA. Supervised by David Richardson. Supported by Jan Komdeur, Terry Burke, Hannah Dugdale & Nature Seychelles.
KBebbington1[at]sheffield.ac.uk

Frank Groenewoud
NWO PhD (2013-2016) Individual helping strategies in Acrocephalus sechellensis and Neolamprologus pulcher
Based at RUG. Supervised by Jan Komdeur and Michael Taborsky (University of Bern). Supported by David Richardson, Terry Burke and Nature Seychelles.
f.groenewoud[at]rug.nl

Jildou van der Woude
NWO PhD (2008-2017; 50%) Physiological consequences of different life-history strategies in the Seychelles Warbler
Based at RUG. Supervised by Jan Komdeur, David Richardson and Hannah Dugdale. Supported by Terry Burke & Nature Seychelles
J.van.der.Woude[at]rug.nl

 

Molecular support

Dr Marco van der Velde
Research assistant (2004-present) Marco runs the molecular sexing and genotyping of the Seychelles warbler dataset
Based at RUG. Line manager, Jan Komdeur
m.van.der.velde[at]rug.nl

 

Database support

Owen Howison
Database manager (2013-present) Owen manages the Seychelles warbler database and the project’s wiki which archives the Seychelles warbler data
Based at RUG. Line manager, Hannah Dugdale
ohowison[@]gmail.com

 

Alumni

Eleanor Fairfield (Research associate, 2014-2016) Ellie conducted the telomere laboratory work for the Seychelles warbler project. Line manager, David Richardson.

Hannah Edwards (NERC PhD, 2012-2016) Personalities and fitness in the Seychelles warbler. Supervised by Terry Burke and Hannah Dugdale. Supported by Nature Seychelles, David Richardson and Jan Komdeur.

Dr Lewis Spurgin (NERC Post-doctoral Research Associate, 2014-2015) Silver-spoon effects on telomere lengths. Collaboration with David Richardson, Hannah Dugdale, Jan Komdeur and Terry Burke. Supported by Nature Seychelles.

Dr Margarete Utz (NWO Post-doc, 2013-2015) Theoretical modelling of the causes & consequences of variation in dispersal behaviour. Supervised by Jan Komdeur, Franjo Weissing and Hannah Dugdale.

Danielle Gilroy (UEA PhD, 2011-2015) Beyond the MHC: Consequences of functional variation at immune loci in the Seychelles warbler. Supervised by David Richardson, Terry Burke and Jan Komdeur. Supported by Nature Seychelles.

Dr David J Wright (NERC Case PhD, 2010-2014) Evolutionary and Conservation Genetics in the Seychelles Warbler: MHC Diversity. Supervised by David Richardson and Dr Nigel Collar (Birdlife International). Supported by Terry Burke, Jan Komdeur and Nature Seychelles.

Dr David J Wright NERC Post-doctoral research associate (2015-2016) MHC-dependent social mate choice.
Based at UEA. Collaboration with David Richardson, Hannah Dugdale, Jan Komdeur and Terry Burke. Supported by Nature Seychelles.

Dr Martijn Hammers (NWO PhD, 2008-2013) Ecology of senescence in a cooperatively breeding bird. A long-term study on the Seychelles warbler. Co-supervised by Jan Komdeur, Terry Burke and David Richardson. In collaboration with Hannah Dugdale and Emma Barrett. Supported by Nature Seychelles.

Dr Emma Barrett (NERC Postdoctoral Research Associate, 2009-2012) Telomeres as biomarkers of costs and quality in a wild population. Grant awarded to David Richardson. Project partners: Terry Burke, Jan Komdeur, Pat Monaghan (University of Glasgow) and Simon Verhulst (RUG). Collaborators: Els Atema (RUG), Winnie Boner (University of Glasgow), Hannah Dugdale (Sheffield), Martijn Hammers (RUG), Sjouke Kingma (UEA, RUG), Ellis Mulder (RUG) and David Wright (UEA), and was supported by Nature Seychelles.

Dr Janske van de Crommenacker (NWO PhD, 2006-2010) Hard times in paradise?: oxidative status, physiology and fitness in the tropical Seychelles warbler. Supervised by Jan Komdeur and David Richardson.

Dr Kim Hutchings (UEA-RUG PhD, 2005-2009) Parasites, MHC genes and fitness in the Seychelles Warbler. Supervised by David Richardson and Jan Komdeur.

Dr Jarrod Hadfeld (NERC Post-doc, 2004-2006). Components of fitness in the cooperatively breeding Seychelles warbler. Collaboration with David Richardson, Terry Burke and Jan Komdeur.

Dr Cas Eikenaar (NWO PhD, 2004-2008). Natal dispersal in the Seychelles warbler. Co-supervised by Jan Komdeur and David Richardson.

Dr Lyanne Brouwer (WOTRO PhD, 2003-2007). Cooperative breeding and density regulation. Supervised by Jan Komdeur and David Richardson.

 

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