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Dr Katherine Roberts

Dr Katherine Roberts

Post-doctoral Research Fellow

 Daphne du Maurier 3052

 

Daphne du Maurier Building, University of Exeter,  Penryn Campus, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK

Overview

Broad research specialisms:

  • Host – Parasite interactions
  • Molecular Ecology
  • Evolution

Qualifications

PhD. School of Biology, University of Leeds 2012
MBiolSci. Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield, 2007

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Research

Research interests

My research centers on the understanding of host-parasite ecology and evolution. I am interested in looking at hosts and parasites over different environments and scales, in order to gain a full appreciation of the drivers behind these fascinating interactions.  I have used a range of semi-natural and model insects in order to investigate at the role of co-infection, environment and life history on the outcome of parasite challenge. I am also interested in using molecular and genomic techniques to untangling the interaction between hosts’ and parasites’ genotypes.

For more information on my current work please visit the lab website: benlongdon.wordpress.com.

Research projects

The evolutionary and mechanistic basis of virus host shifts.

Publications

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Publications by category


Journal articles

ROBERTS KE, HUGHES WOH (2014). Horizontal transmission of a parasite is influenced by infected host phenotype and density. Parasitology
Roberts KE, Hughes WOH (2014). Immunosenescence and resistance to parasite infection in the honey bee, Apis mellifera. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology, 121, 1-6. Abstract.
Chappell P, Roberts K, Baer B, Hughes WOH (2013). Mating system and population genetic structure of the bulldog ant Myrmecia pavida (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Myrmecological News, 18, 25-32. Abstract.
Boots M, Roberts KE (2012). Maternal effects in disease resistance: poor maternal environment increases offspring resistance to an insect virus. Proc Biol Sci, 279(1744), 4009-4014. Abstract.  Author URL.
Evison SEF, Roberts KE, Laurenson L, Pietravalle S, Hui J, Biesmeijer JC, Smith JE, Budge G, Hughes WOH (2012). Pervasiveness of parasites in pollinators. PloS one, 7(1). Abstract.

Publications by year


2014

ROBERTS KE, HUGHES WOH (2014). Horizontal transmission of a parasite is influenced by infected host phenotype and density. Parasitology
Roberts KE, Hughes WOH (2014). Immunosenescence and resistance to parasite infection in the honey bee, Apis mellifera. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology, 121, 1-6. Abstract.

2013

Chappell P, Roberts K, Baer B, Hughes WOH (2013). Mating system and population genetic structure of the bulldog ant Myrmecia pavida (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Myrmecological News, 18, 25-32. Abstract.

2012

Boots M, Roberts KE (2012). Maternal effects in disease resistance: poor maternal environment increases offspring resistance to an insect virus. Proc Biol Sci, 279(1744), 4009-4014. Abstract.  Author URL.
Evison SEF, Roberts KE, Laurenson L, Pietravalle S, Hui J, Biesmeijer JC, Smith JE, Budge G, Hughes WOH (2012). Pervasiveness of parasites in pollinators. PloS one, 7(1). Abstract.

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