Dr Ana Duarte
Postdoctoral Research Fellow


I am a research fellow interested in phenotypic plasticity and social evolution. One of the most fundamental questions in evolutionary biology is how does adaptation to environmental stressors occur.  My current project focuses on the molecular mechanisms underlying the evolution of resistance to xenobiotics, such as insecticides and plant secondary metabolites.

My background is on social evolution and behavioural ecology. During my PhD at the University of Groningen I developed simulation models of division of labour in social insects. These models focused on the evolution of simple behavioural rules that can lead to complex group behavior, in a self-organized manner. After my PhD, I moved to Cambridge to study social immunity and parental care in burying beetles (Nicrophorus vespilloides). I was particularly interested in how ecological interactions, such as those between beetles and the microbes competing with them for their breeding resource (small vertebrate carcasses), affect the burying beetle’s investment in social immunity.


2012 – PhD Theoretical Biology (University of Groningen)
2006 – TopMaster Evolutionary Biology (University of Groningen)
2003 – BSc Biology (University of Lisbon)


2017 – present Postdoctoral Research Fellow – University of Exeter
2011 – 2016 Postdoctoral Research Associate – University of Cambridge

Contact details

Tel+44 (0) 1326 253702
AddressScience and Engineering Research Support Facility (SERSF):
University of Exeter
Penryn Campus
TR10 9FE

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