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Dr Ana Duarte

Dr Ana Duarte

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

 01326 253702

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Science and Engineering Research Support Facility (SERSF):, University of Exeter,  Penryn Campus, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK

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.

Qualifications

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

Career

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

Research

Research projects

Understanding and Exploiting the P450 Resistome –P450RESIST (Collaborators: Prof. Chris Bass (PI), Dr Christoph Zimmer, Dr Kumar Saurabh Singh)

Genome and transcriptome wide analysis of brown planthopper resistance to fipronil (Collaborators: Prof. Chris Bass (PI), Dr Kumar Saurabh Singh)

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Duarte A, Cotter SC, De Gasperin O, Houslay TM, Boncoraglio G, Welch M, Kilner RM (2017). No evidence of a cleaning mutualism between burying beetles and their phoretic mites. Sci Rep, 7(1). Abstract.  Author URL.
Duarte A, Welch M, Swannack C, Wagner J, Kilner RM (2017). Strategies for managing rival bacterial communities: Lessons from burying beetles. Journal of Animal Ecology, 87(2), 414-427.
Palmer WJ, Duarte A, Schrader M, Day JP, Kilner R, Jiggins FM (2016). A gene associated with social immunity in the burying beetle Nicrophorus vespilloides. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 283(1823), 20152733-20152733.
Duarte A, Cotter SC, Reavey CE, Ward RJS, De Gasperin O, Kilner RM (2015). Social immunity of the family: parental contributions to a public good modulated by brood size. Evolutionary Ecology, 30(1), 123-135.
Duarte A, Scholtens E, Weissing FJ (2012). Implications of Behavioral Architecture for the Evolution of Self-Organized Division of Labor. PLoS Computational Biology, 8(3), e1002430-e1002430.
Duarte A, Weissing FJ, Pen I, Keller L (2011). An Evolutionary Perspective on Self-Organized Division of Labor in Social Insects. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics, 42(1), 91-110.

Publications by category


Journal articles

De Gasperin O, Duarte A, Troscianko J, Kilner RM (In Press). Fitness costs associated with building and maintaining the burying beetle's carrion nest. Sci Rep, 6 Abstract.  Author URL.
Duarte A, Cotter SC, De Gasperin O, Houslay TM, Boncoraglio G, Welch M, Kilner RM (2017). No evidence of a cleaning mutualism between burying beetles and their phoretic mites. Sci Rep, 7(1). Abstract.  Author URL.
Duarte A, Welch M, Swannack C, Wagner J, Kilner RM (2017). Strategies for managing rival bacterial communities: Lessons from burying beetles. Journal of Animal Ecology, 87(2), 414-427.
Palmer WJ, Duarte A, Schrader M, Day JP, Kilner R, Jiggins FM (2016). A gene associated with social immunity in the burying beetle Nicrophorus vespilloides. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 283(1823), 20152733-20152733.
De Gasperin O, Duarte A, Kilner RM (2015). Interspecific interactions explain variation in the duration of paternal care in the burying beetle. Animal Behaviour, 109, 199-207.
Duarte A, Cotter SC, Reavey CE, Ward RJS, De Gasperin O, Kilner RM (2015). Social immunity of the family: parental contributions to a public good modulated by brood size. Evolutionary Ecology, 30(1), 123-135.
Duarte A, Pen I, Keller L, Weissing FJ (2012). Evolution of self-organized division of labor in a response threshold model. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 66(6), 947-957.
Duarte A, Scholtens E, Weissing FJ (2012). Implications of Behavioral Architecture for the Evolution of Self-Organized Division of Labor. PLoS Computational Biology, 8(3), e1002430-e1002430.
Duarte A, Weissing FJ, Pen I, Keller L (2011). An Evolutionary Perspective on Self-Organized Division of Labor in Social Insects. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics, 42(1), 91-110.
SIMÕES P, ROSE MR, DUARTE A, GONÇALVES R, MATOS M (2007). Evolutionary domestication in Drosophila subobscura. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 20(2), 758-766.
Matos M, Simões P, Duarte A, Rego C, Avelar T, Rose MR (2004). CONVERGENCE TO a NOVEL ENVIRONMENT: COMPARATIVE METHOD VERSUS EXPERIMENTAL EVOLUTION. Evolution, 58(7), 1503-1503.

Publications by year


In Press

De Gasperin O, Duarte A, Troscianko J, Kilner RM (In Press). Fitness costs associated with building and maintaining the burying beetle's carrion nest. Sci Rep, 6 Abstract.  Author URL.

2017

Duarte A, Cotter SC, De Gasperin O, Houslay TM, Boncoraglio G, Welch M, Kilner RM (2017). No evidence of a cleaning mutualism between burying beetles and their phoretic mites. Sci Rep, 7(1). Abstract.  Author URL.
Duarte A, Welch M, Swannack C, Wagner J, Kilner RM (2017). Strategies for managing rival bacterial communities: Lessons from burying beetles. Journal of Animal Ecology, 87(2), 414-427.

2016

Palmer WJ, Duarte A, Schrader M, Day JP, Kilner R, Jiggins FM (2016). A gene associated with social immunity in the burying beetle Nicrophorus vespilloides. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 283(1823), 20152733-20152733.

2015

De Gasperin O, Duarte A, Kilner RM (2015). Interspecific interactions explain variation in the duration of paternal care in the burying beetle. Animal Behaviour, 109, 199-207.
Duarte A, Cotter SC, Reavey CE, Ward RJS, De Gasperin O, Kilner RM (2015). Social immunity of the family: parental contributions to a public good modulated by brood size. Evolutionary Ecology, 30(1), 123-135.

2012

Duarte A, Pen I, Keller L, Weissing FJ (2012). Evolution of self-organized division of labor in a response threshold model. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 66(6), 947-957.
Duarte A, Scholtens E, Weissing FJ (2012). Implications of Behavioral Architecture for the Evolution of Self-Organized Division of Labor. PLoS Computational Biology, 8(3), e1002430-e1002430.

2011

Duarte A, Weissing FJ, Pen I, Keller L (2011). An Evolutionary Perspective on Self-Organized Division of Labor in Social Insects. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics, 42(1), 91-110.

2007

SIMÕES P, ROSE MR, DUARTE A, GONÇALVES R, MATOS M (2007). Evolutionary domestication in Drosophila subobscura. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 20(2), 758-766.

2004

Matos M, Simões P, Duarte A, Rego C, Avelar T, Rose MR (2004). CONVERGENCE TO a NOVEL ENVIRONMENT: COMPARATIVE METHOD VERSUS EXPERIMENTAL EVOLUTION. Evolution, 58(7), 1503-1503.

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