Our evolutionary biology lab studies two main areas:
1) How does host-parasite coevolution generate biological diversity?
2) What is the adaptive significance of maternal effects? How does maternal nutrition alter infection and ageing in offspring? What epigenetic factors do mothers communicate to offspring?
To address these questions, genomic approaches (population genomics, transcriptomics, bisulphite sequencing and sRNA analyses), experimental infections and life history measurement are made on the crustacean Daphnia. A new direction is experimental evolution of nematodes.