Daphne du Maurier
Daphne du Maurier Building, University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK
My research interests are the evolution and ecology of social behavior. In particular, the evolution of queen and worker castes in social insects. I am an ERC PhD student investigating what role phenotypic plasticity could have played in how these caste systems evolve, using two primitively social insects as model systems. To do this I use a variety of fieldwork, lab and next-gen techniques, such as RNA-seq, to explore how subordinate individuals take over the dominant role and become reproductive. I'm supervised by Prof. Jeremy Field.
2018 - Present PhD University of Exeter
2016 - 2017 MSc Evolutionary and Behavioural Ecology, University of Exeter
2012 - 2016 BSc (Hons) Zoology, University of Aberdeen