Little Lab

Email Phil Wilson

1998-2002: BSc Hons Biology and Psychology. University of Stirling.
Project Subject: The effect of environment on genetic inheritance in soil mites, from a conservation point of view.

2003-2005: MSc Behavioural Ecology. Manchester Metropolitan University.
Project Subject: The effect of pheromones on foraging behaviour in Leaf-Cutting ants.

2004-2008: Behavioural and Environmental Biology Technician. Manchester Metropolitan University.
Responsible for maintenance of invertebrate and fish cultures, providing assistance during classes and conducting fieldwork.

2008-Present: Research Assistant. Little Lab. University of Edinburgh.
Responsible for running the research lab, assisting post docs, PhD students and undergraduates working in the Little Lab. I also conduct independent research on topics complementary to the labs interests.

About Me:
I’m interested in parasite host dynamics and co-evolution in general. I’m involved in almost all aspects of the research done in Tom’s lab, and enjoy designing and conducting experiments.

Outside the lab my interests range from music and film to sports.


Auld, S., Graham, A.L. Wilson, P.J. and T.J. Little. (2012) Elevated haemocyte number is associated with infection and low fitness potential in wild Daphnia magna. Functional Ecology, available as advanced online

Acknowledged on:
Vale, P.F. Alex Best, A., Boots, M. and T.J. Little. 2011. Epidemiological, evolutionary and coevolutionary implications of context-dependent parasitism. American Naturalist. 177, 510-21

Allen, D.E. and T.J. Little. 2010. Identifying energy constraints to parasite resistance. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 24: 224-229

Auld, S.K.J.R., Scholefeld, J.A. and T.J. Little. 2010. Genetic variation in the cellular response of Daphnia magna (Cladocera:Crustacea) to its bacterial parasite. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 277: 3291-3297

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