Dr David Hughes
Marie Curie Fellow (currently in Harvard)


I am interested in parasite exploitation strategies and how they are shaped by host life history. Of particular interest is the adaptive manipulation of host behaviour by parasites. I mostly work with social insects as hosts because the behavioural changes of infected individuals can be set within a sociobiological framework. I am member of the Behaviour research group. I am currently at Harvard University and will return to Exeter in April 2010.

During my time away a major occupation will be generating funding to take on students and staff. If you are student at Exeter Biosciences (either campus) and interested in the work I do, then do contact me and we can discuss the research. I usually do field work (in Thailand) in September and getting involved in this would serve as an ideal way to get to know one another.


1999 - 2003 DPhil (Oxford) Thesis: ‘The behavioural ecology of strepsipteran parasites of Polistes wasps‘
1994- 1999 BSc Zoology (Glasgow)


2008-2011 Marie Curie Outgoing International Fellowship at Harvard & Exeter
2005-2008 Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship at Copenhagen
2003-2005 EU 6th Framework Training Network post-doc at Oulu

Contact details

AddressGeoffrey Pope Building
University of Exeter
Stocker Road

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