Students – ACCE 1 – Cohort 3

Adam Bakewell University of York

I’m interested in large-scale patterns that cause diversity in animal phenotypes. I use phylogenetic comparative methods to investigate the effects of different traits. Past projects have included the relationship between male care and sperm competition in mammals, the evolution of delayed implantation in mammals, and I’m now conducting the first large-scale investigation of life histories across the whole insect class.

I am also a co-host of Generic Drift, a science podcast aimed at a general audience. Check us out on your podcasting app, YouTube, or our website –

Lead supervisor: Dr Peter Mayhew

Project page: The evolution of insect life histories and their effect on diversification

Ambrose McCarron University of Sheffield

I am interested in the marine sedimentary record of the North-West Pacific and what it can teach us about glacial change on the Kamchatka peninsula during the late Pleistocene. Through a combination of marine core stratigraphic analysis, ocean-iceberg modeling, tephrochronology and geochemistry, I hope to unravel the complex interactions between ice sheet change and regional volcanism.

Lead supervisor: Prof Grant Bigg

Project page: Ice-volcano feedbacks in the late Quaternary NW Pacific

Andrew McCracken University of Sheffield

I work with the Drosophila melanogaster Genetic Reference Panel (DGRP) acquiring and analysing demographic data of mortality, with the aim of elucidating quantitative trait loci (QTL) implicated in ageing phenotypes. My large-scale experiments, utilising the inbred, homogenous DGRP allow of a precise delineation of age-related increases in mortality risk – ageing – across the panel. This, hitherto unrivalled, clarity of mortality curvature will be used in high-powered statistical analyses (GWAS) for genotype-phenotype mapping, in an effort to better understand the evolutionary biology of ageing.

Lead supervisor: Dr Mirre Simons

Project page: The evolution and genetics of aging: adapting to changes in life expectancy and reproductive opportunities

Charlotte Bartleet-Cross University of Sheffield

Lead supervisor: Prof Terry Burke

Project page: Conservation Genomics of the Seychelles Warbler

Caitlin Nagle University of Sheffield

I am a PhD student at the University of Sheffield studying sea level change through diatom analysis.The project is collaborating between the Archaeology Department at Sheffield University and the Environment Department at York, as well as the CASE partner RCAHMW.

I have a BSc in Archaeological Science and an MSc in Environmental Archaeology from the University of Sheffield. I worked as a research assistant at UCC in Cork for the project Seeing Beyond the Site studying pollen analysis.

Lead supervisor: Dr Bob Johnston

Dominic Burns University of York

Lead supervisor: Dr Elva Robinson

Emma Hughes University of Sheffield

Lead supervisor: Dr Gavin Thomas

Emma Lewington University of Sheffield

Lead supervisor: Dr Stephen Livingstone

Emily Waddell University of York

Lead supervisor: Dr Daniel Chapman

Graham Rush University of York

I am interested in past environmental changes, reconstructing these, and their relevance to current and future climate change. Of particularly interest is the role of the flux between ice and water within the climate system.

Lead supervisor: Prof Roland Gehrels

Project page: Rapid sea-level rise and climate change: lessons from the early Holocene

Holly Coombes University of Liverpool

My main interests are in the evolution of social behaviour, particularly in relation to cooperation and mate choice. My PhD focuses on social recognition in mammals, specifically looking at the evolution of identity signals, used for both individual and kin recognition, in mammalian scent marks.

Lead supervisor: Prof Jane Hurst

Giacomo D’Ammando University of Liverpool

Lead supervisor: Dr Jakob Bro-Jorgensen

Joanne Stonehouse University of Sheffield

Lead supervisor: Prof Jon Slate

Kayleigh Gallagher University of Liverpool

My research interests lie in community ecology and the interspecific interactions between parasites and pathogens within an individual host. I am mainly interested in the indirect interactions between helminths and virus via the host’s immune system, and how this effects individual health and population-level disease spread. My Ph.D. project will focus on understanding and modelling the causes and consequences of helminth-virus interactions in the wild.

Lead supervisor: Prof Andy Fenton

Laura Lee University of Liverpool

Lead supervisor: Dr David Atkinson

Martha Gibson University of Sheffield

Palynology, Micropalaeontology, Invertebrate Palaeontology, Sedimentology, Palaeoecology, and Palaeoenvironmental Reconstruction

Lead supervisor: Prof Charles Wellman

Project page: Palaeoecology and palaeoenvironments of the Late Permian Zechstein Sea and its hinterlands

Megan Hasoon University of York

Lead supervisor: Dr Julia Ferrari

Rory Cooper University of Sheffield

I am studying the evolution and development of shark scales, in an attempt to elucidate their role in achieving drag reduction during locomotion

Lead supervisor: Dr Gareth Fraser

Project page: Evolution and development of shark skin teeth inspired surface design for global CO2 reduction

Ruth Dunn University of Liverpool

My interests lie in researching the influences of anthropogenic impacts on marine systems. I am particularly passionate about the study of seabirds due to their role as conspicuous bioindicators of the quality of the marine environment.
My PhD research will focus on the behaviour, energetics and demography of UK seabird populations.

Lead supervisor: Dr Jon Green

Project page: Annual cycles in the behaviour and energetics of seabirds: implications for demography in a changing environment

Simran Aujla University of Sheffield

Lead supervisor: Dr Roberto Salguero-Gomez

Susannah Fleiss University of York

I am interested in the impacts of global change on ecosystems, particularly on tropical forests, and how science may inform policy to provide the best outcomes for people and biodiversity.

Lead supervisor: Prof Jane Hill

Project page: Tropical agricultural landscapes in a changing climate: oil palm, rainforest biodiversity and ecosystem services

Stephanie Harris University of Liverpool

Lead supervisor: Dr Samantha Patrick

Project page: Does personality drive plastic responses to the changing Antarctic ecosystem?

Vanessa Berrie University of York

Lead supervisor: Prof Piran White