I am interested in understanding the relationship between rapid evolutionary change and ecological dynamics. Traits may evolve rapidly in response to ecological change. Additionally, changes in the distribution of traits in a population may modify ecological processes. This process is termed eco-evolutionary dynamics, and may form complex feedback loops at multiple scales of organismal biology.
Using the well-studied system of Trinidadian guppies, I hope to understand the role of metabolic rate in particular in driving population-level eco-evolutionary dynamics. I aim to take a multidisciplinary approach, combining individual-based modelling, genetics/genomics, and field- and lab-based experiments, to better understand the interaction between population dynamics and changes in the distribution of heritable traits.