Janske van de Crommenacker

In 2002, I first became part of the Seychelles warbler group as an MSc student working on cooperative breeding-associated behaviour and testosterone in the Seychelles warbler, and afterwards from 2006-2011 as a PhD student investigating oxidative stress and physiology in this same species. Now – after having worked for a number of years as conservation manager in the Seychelles – I’m back in a postdoc position investigating relationships between early-life conditions and future phenotype, behaviour and fitness in the Seychelles warbler. For this study, the multi-facetted and long-term database on this unique study population again proves its value. I use telomere length as a marker of biological impact, which actually relates to my interest for combining physiology with ecology, and the theme of ageing, telomeres and oxidative stress.

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