Dr Dave Hodgson in the lab
Professor Dave Hodgson
Professor of Ecology & Associate Dean for Education
1. A predictive framework for ecological demography.
If we are to predict the impacts of climate change, invasive species and ecological management strategies on natural systems, we need mathematical tools that can cope with 3 critical problems: uncertainty, data quality, and complexity. In collaboration with Stuart Townley, I am engaged in the translation and development of tools that describe the robustness of empirical ecological models. I have developed Daphnia as a model system to study the impacts of ecological disturbances and perturbations on population dynamics. I am also involved in the production of global databases of plant (COMPADRE) and animal (COMADRE) demographic models. This work has relevance to conservation strategies, invasion dynamics, and evolutionary fitness.
2. Maintenance of diversity in natural systems.
Everywhere we look, we are surrounded by spectacular biodiversity. How is this diversity maintained in the face of competition and natural selection? I study mechanisms that help promote and maintain biodiversity, in diverse systems including baculoviruses, wild Brassicas, aphid parasitoids, Daphnia, farmland mammals and insects, and bacterial microcosms. Recent collaboration with Angus Buckling has developed the Pseudomonas model system for the study of relationships between diversity, parasitism and ecosystem functioning.
3. Sex and parasites.
I have an enduring fascination with the evolution of sexual diversity and the virulence of parasites. This has lead to various collaborations and the study of male investment in ejaculates, sexual dimorphism in lizards, host-parasite coevolution, facultative parthenogenesis and promiscuity. I am currently engaged in the statistical modelling of bovine tuberculosis in badger populations.
4. Statistical methods for modern ecology.
I work with ecologists and evolutionary biologists to ensure the use of correct and elegant statistical analyses in empirical research.
|2015||NERC||International Opportunities Fund: Global Plant Demography||£40K||PI|
|Pending decision||BBSRC||Social networks and TB transmission in cattle (Std grant) ~£600K||Co-I|
|2015||TSB/BBSRC||Lobster Grower 2: aquaculture technology (2nd stage invitation)||£996K||Co-I|
|2015||Bayer/Pegasus||SlimeWave: Trail following in the garden snail||£15K||PI|
|2014||NERC||Are structured life histories really buffered against environmental change?||£475K||PI|
|2014||NERC||Infection in dynamic social networks of a wild mammal||£748K||Co-I|
|2014||NERC||CASE PhD Studentship: Modelling TB epidemiology in a badger population||£75K||PI|
|2014||EasyInnovations||Physical barriers against snail movement||£10K||PI|
|2014||Bayer/Pegasus||Monitoring UK snail populations||£3K||PI|
|2013||TSB/BBSRC||Lobster Grower - Develop the technology to fast track the aquaculture potential for the European Lobster||£175K||Co-I|
|2013||CEFAS||PhD: Metabolomics of the European Lobster||£75K||PI|
|2013||Bayer/Pegasus||Movement behaviour of the garden snail||£3K||PI|
|2012||AXA||Social evolution of microbial heavy metal bioremediation||420K Euros||Co-I|
|2012||OPAL||Moths and student bioblitz||£3K||Co-I|
|2012||ESF||PhD: Secondary metabolite diversity in Brassica oleracea||£70K||PI|
|2012||FERA||PhD: Spatial dynamics of tuberculosis in a badger society||£35K||PI|
|2011||Private Funding||PhD: Biodiversity of Kuwaiti dune systems||£51K||PI|
|2011||EPSRC||Nonlinear feedback loops and robustness: Integrating density dependence, uncertainty and environmental stress in modelling biological invasions.||£417K||Co-I|
|2011||Royal Society||Partnership Fund: ‘Snails Home‘ with Dog Kennel School, London||£7K||PI|
|2011||ESF||PhD: Sustainability of the Cornish lobster hatchery||£70K||PI|
|2010||NERC||CASE PhD Studentship: Badger demography & Tb transmission||£75K||PI|
|2010||BBSRC||PhD (Systems Biology): Spatial dynamics of bacterial swarms||£70K||PI|
|2009||Natural England||Reintroduction of hen harrier to England: scoping study||£120K||PI|
|2009||Leverhulme||Sexual dimorphism and speciation: alternative outcomes of evolutionary radiation.||£127K||Co-I|
|2009||Aquatonics||Cod welfare statistical analysis||£3K||PI|
|2008||NERC||Gambling on grandchildren: do aphids hedge their bets?||£52K||PI|
|2008||NERC||Carryover effects in migratory strategies of birds.||£363K||Co-I|
|2008||NERC||Rapid evolution of male genitalia||£520K||Co-I|
|2008||PTES||Dormouse population genetics in the SW UK||£20K||PI|
|2008||Natural England||Marsh fritillary population dynamics||£2K||PI|
|2008||Evolva||Artificial chromosome modelling||£2K||PI|
|2007||NERC||Population dynamics of coral reef fish||£382K||Co-I|
|2007||UK ERC||PhD: Socioecology of biofuel research||£56K||PI|
|2007||RSPB||Estuary bird disturbance events||£1K||PI|
|2006||NERC||Predicting the impact of life history perturbations on stage structured population dynamics||£50K||PI|
|2003||Royal Society||Butterfly phenology and climate change||£14K||PI|