Supervisors – University of Liverpool

Dr Seth Barribeau

Current ACCE students: Lauren Mee

Dr Karl Bates

Department of Musculoskeletal Biology

Research Interests: My research concentrates on the functional anatomy of terrestrial vertebrates, with particular focus on the locomotor system. My goal is to understand the links between morphology (both hard and soft tissues) and biomechanics in order to better characterise how animals achieve their full range of behavioural activities and interact with their environments. I am particularly interested in the functional consequences of changing morphology through deep time and evaluating how elements of the locomotor and masticatory systems have evolved to allow animals to radiate into a variety of ecological niches. This has led me to study a range of living tetrapods from primates (particularly humans and other Great Apes) to archosaurs (birds and crocodilians) in order to further our understanding of major evolutionary transitions in biomechanics. I routinely use a range of theoretical and experimental techniques to study locomotion, ranging from motion analysis, force and pressure platforms to 3D static and dynamic computer simulations.

Current ACCE students: Matthew Dempsey, Samuel Cross, Sophia Anderson

Dr Michael Berenbrink

Current ACCE student: Kelly Ross

Dr Jakob Bro-Jorgensen

Department of Evolution, Ecology and Behaviour

Research Interests: I am a behavioural ecologist with a broad interest in evolution, ecology and conservation. I am keen to uncover fundamental principles governing behavioural responses in animals and how these feed back at the population and ecosystem level. My current research centres on how changes in climate and land-use impact on interactions between species and community structure, with a focus on mammals in African savannah and dryland systems.

Current ACCE students: Kim van de Wiel, Alex Cranston

Dr Stephen Cornell

Department of Evolution, Ecology and Behaviour

Research Interests: I am a theoretical ecologist, and I use mathematical models to understand how organisms interact with each other and with their environment. Broadly, I am interested in how many types of biological heterogeneity (between species, between individuals, and over space and time) affect how species coexist, invade, and evolve.

Current ACCE students: David Scott, Tom Travers, Fionnuala McCully

Prof Andy Fenton

Department of Evolution, Ecology and Behaviour

Research Interest: I have a broad background in theoretical evolution and ecology, with a particular interest in host-parasite dynamics. Most of my work focuses on the community context of infectious diseases in wildlife, aiming to understand how multiple parasite and multiple host species interact to influence the emergence, spread and impact of infectious diseases in natural systems.  I approach these issues through combinations of generic and tailored mathematical models, often coupled with data from a range of wildlife systems. In addition to my work on host-parasite ecology, I also have developed theory looking at the evolution of hosts and pathogens, and some aspects of predator-prey dynamics.

Current ACCE students: Primary supervisor for Bryony Allen, Jacob Cohen. Secondary supervisor for Fiona Bell, Hazel Farthing, Kim van de Wiel

Dr Andrew Hacket-Pain

School of Environmental Sciences

Research Interests: I am an ecologist focused on understanding and predicting the impact of global environmental change on forests. I work on tree reproduction and forest regeneration, particularly the ecology of seed masting. I am interested in understanding how plants regulate variability in reproductive effort, and how they synchronise this variability over space and time. My current work is focused on understanding how masting will respond to environmental change and predicting what this will mean for the dynamics of forest ecosystems. I also work on forest and tree growth, using tree rings to monitor forest responses to climate change, and to predict the resilience of forests to drought and other stresses.

Current ACCE students: Jessie Foest

Dr James Hall

Department of Evolution, Ecology and Behaviour

Research Interests: Microbes are ubiquitous, diverse, versatile, and can evolve quickly in response to changes in their environments. For many challenges we face — from antimicrobial resistance, to plant health and productivity, to greenhouse gas emissions — microbes are both part of the problem and part of the solution. I research how and why microbes evolve, using experimental evolution, molecular biology, modelling, and genomics, with a focus on the contribution of mobile genetic elements, such as plasmids, to bacterial evolution.

Current ACCE students: Matthew Kelbrick, Grace Wardell, Victoria Orr

Twitter: @jpjhall

Prof Andrew Hirst

Current ACCE student: Lauren Aylward

Dr Jenny Hodgson

Department of Evolution, Ecology and Behaviour

Research Interests: I study how the spatial arrangement of land use and management affects the viability of species. The amount and pattern of our nature reserves and green spaces will strongly affect whether species can survive under climate change. I use a mixture of empirical and modelling approaches to investigate how species are already responding, and what might happen in the future.

Current ACCE students: Primary supervisor for Fiona Bell, Thomas Travers, Georgina Halford. Secondary supervisor for Katie Threadgill, Eve Taylor-Cox, Bryony Allen, David Scott

Prof Greg Hurst

Department of Evolution, Ecology and Behaviour

Research Interests: Most animals are symbiotic – a fusion of microbes and their host. I’m interested in how microbes influence animal biology – and by extension their ecology and evolution. We work both on laboratory model systems and field analyses, and combine molecular, organismal, genomic and mathematical approaches.

Current ACCE students: Helen Davison, Jordan Jones

Twitter: @theladybirdman

Prof Jane Hurst

Current ACCE students: Holly Coombes, Clare Jones, Susanna Phillips

Dr Nova Mieszkowska

Department of Earth, Ocean and Ecological Sciences

Research Interests: Responses of marine biodiversity to climate change, ocean acidification, microplastics and multiple stressors, biogeography, macroecology, and underlying physiological mechanisms. Species Distribution Modelling, Dynamic Energy Budget modelling, mechanistic functional traits modelling. Experimental ecophysiology. Reproductive physiology and phenology. Invasion biology and impacts of invasives on native biodiversity. Physiological stress responses to environmental parameters and synthetic compounds. Maintaining long-term time-series of intertidal species and communities around Britain and Europe. Impacts of anthropogenic pressures on the coastal zone. Field and mesocosm experimental investigations of physiological impacts of climate drivers on marine ectotherms and macroalgae. Science-policy knowledge transfer; assessments of ecosystem status, planning of MCZs, compliance to national and international policy drivers. Adaptational mechanisms underpinning changes in marine environments.

Current ACCE students: Dina-Leigh Simons

Twitter: @MarClim_UK

Dr David Montagnes

Department of Evolution, Ecology and Behaviour

Research Interests: Population ecology and protistology, with an emphasis on aquatic ecology.

Current ACCE student: Hazel Farthing

Dr Encarni Montoya Romo

School of Environmental Sciences

Research Interests: I work in the palaeoecology of Neotropical ecosystems mainly focused on Late Glacial to present-day environmental change (last 50 thousand years). My research is related to the vegetation dynamics in the long-term and its response to environmental drives such as climate, natural hazards (volcanic activity) or human occupation. For this purpose, I analyse a wide range of biological proxies preserved in sedimentary archives such as lakes or peat bogs, mainly pollen, charcoal particles and non-pollen palynomorphs. Specifically, main topics of my research are:

a) Past vegetation responses to environmental change
b) Non-anthropogenic versus anthropogenic causes of palaeoecological change
c) Quaternary in the Neotropics
d) Tropical ecology and palaeoecology
e) Global change from a palaeoclimatic perspective
f) Socio-ecological systems response to natural hazards and climate change

The use of long-term perspectives from the past is essential to develop new understandings of current and future ecological processes. Moreover, I am particularly concerned about the socioeconomic impacts of climatic change, which in the Neotropics could reach catastrophic levels. I love the utility of palaeoecology not only as a tool for past landscape reconstructions, but also for management and conservation purposes that could be implemented in the use of taxa with economic value, or in facing natural hazards.

Current ACCE student: Molly Spater

Dr Siobhan O’Brien

Current ACCE Student: Matthew Kelbrick

Prof Kate Parr

Current ACCE students: Alice Walker, Joel Woon, Jack Walker

Prof Steve Paterson

Institute of Infection, Veterinary and Ecological Sciences

Research Interests: My research focusses on Infection and population genomics. I am a director of The University of Liverpool’s Centre for Genomic Research and of the NERC Environmental Omics Facility. These provide state-of-the-art advice, training and capabilities in omics to NERC researchers, including PhD students. Research systems include immunity and infection in natural populations, the evolution of drug resistance in clinical and veterinary infections, and genomic surveillance of coronavirus in environmental and clinical samples.

Current ACCE student: Flora Whiting-Fawcett

Twitter: @scottishwormboy

Dr Samantha Patrick

Dr Stewart Plaistow

Dr Thomas Price

Prof Ilik Saccheri

Current ACCE Student: Evelyn Taylor-Cox

Dr Alana Sharp

Prof Paula Stockley

Current ACCE Students: Rhiannon Bolton, Callum Duffield, Emma Cartledge, Alice Clark, Samuel Morris, Melanie Baker

Dr Jack Thomson

Department of Earth, Ocean and Ecological Sciences

Research Interests: I’m interested in intraspecific variation in behaviour and stress physiology, and particularly in what this can tell us about how marine organisms cope with natural and anthropogenic challenge.

Current ACCE Student: Daniel Kit Maskrey

Prof Mark Viney

Research Interests: Parasites; Parasitic nematodes; Immune function in wild animals; Microbiomes

Current ACCE Student: Simon Hunter-Barnett

Dr Raj Whitlock

Current ACCE Student: Poppy Collins

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