Biography

 I am a molecular ecologist with primary interests in the use of neutral molecular markers and functional genes to address questions in evolutionary and behavioural ecology. I mainly use model avian systems, including species such as the Seychelles warbler, Berthelot’s pipit and red junglefowl, to investigate the adaptive significance of reproductive and life history strategies, to study host-parasite co-evolution and to investigate stress and senescence in wild populations. The conservation of endangered island bird species (e.g. the Seychelles warbler) is also an important part of my work.

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Career History

  • Professor in Evolutionary Ecology and Conservation, University of East Anglia (2013)
  • Lecturer then Reader, University of East Anglia (2009 - 2013)
  • NERC Research Fellow, University of East Anglia. (2004 - 2007)
  • Marie Curie Research Fellowship, University of Lund (2001 - 2003)
  • Research Associate, University of Sheffield (1997 - 2001)
  • Ph.D. University of Leicester (1997)
  • B.Sc Applied Biology, Manchester Metropolitan University (1991)

All Publications

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Phillips, K., Jorgensen, T., Jolliffe, K., Henwood, J., Richardson, D., Jolliffe, S.

(2013)

Reconstructing paternal genotypes to infer patterns of sperm storage and sexual selection in the hawkshill turtle

in Molecular Ecology

22.

pp. 2301-2312

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Perez-Rodrigues a Ramirez, A., Richardson, D., Perez-Tris (Madrid), J.

(2013)

Evolution of parasite island syndromes without long-term hot population isolation: parasite dynamics in Macronesian blackcaps Sylvia atricapilla

in Global Ecology and Biogeography

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MacColl, A., Stevenson, I., Richardson, D.

(2013)

Melanocortin-1-receptor (MC1R) variation is not associated with parasite burdens in neotropical bird, the bananaquit (Coereba flaveola)

in Biological Journal Of The Linnean Society

108.

pp. 882-888

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Barrett, E., Burke, T., Hammers, M., Komdeur, J., Richardson, D.

(2013)

Telomere dynamins predict mortality in a life-long longitudinal wild study

in Molecular Ecology

22.

pp. 249-259

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Lovlie, H., Gillingham, M. A. F., Worley, K., Pizzari, T., Richardson, D.

(2013)

Cryptic female choice favours sperm from major histocompatibility complex-dissimilar males

in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences

280.

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Schroeder, J., Dugdale, H. L., Radersma, R., Hinsch, M., Buehler, D. M., Saul, J., Porter, L., Liker, A., De Cauwer, I., Johnson, P. J., Santure, A. W., Griffin, A. S., Bolund, E., Ross, L., Webb, T. J., Feulner, P. G. D., Winney, I., Szulkin, M., Komdeur, J., Versteegh, M. A., Hemelrijk, C. K., Svensson, E. I., Edwards, H., Karlsson, M., West, S. A., Barrett, E. L. B., Richardson, D., Van Den Brink, V., Wimpenny, J. H., Ellwood, S. A., Rees, M., Matson, K. D., Charmantier, A., Dos Remedios, N., Schneider, N. A., Teplitsky, C., Laurance, W. F., Butlin, R. K., Horrocks, N. P. C.

(2013)

Fewer invited talks by women in evolutionary biology symposia

in Journal of Evolutionary Biology

26.

pp. 2063-2069

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Brouwer, L., Richardson, D., Komdeur, J.

(2012)

Helpers at the nest improve late-life offspring performance: evidence from a long-term study and a cross-foster experiment

in PLoS ONE

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Spurgin, L., Illera, J., Padilla, D., Richardson, D.

(2012)

Biogeographical patterns and co-occurrence of pathogenic infection across island populations of Berthelot’s pipit (Anthus berthelotii)

in Oecologia

168.

pp. 691-701

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Collett, J., Richardson, D., Worley, K., Pizzari, T.

(2012)

Sexual selection and the differential effect of polyandry

in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) ISSN 1091-6490

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pp. 8641-8645

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Barrett, E., Boner, W., Mulder, E., Monaghan, P., Verhulst, S., Richardson, D.

(2012)

Absolute standards as a useful addition to the avian quantitative PCR telomere assay

in Journal of Avian Biology

43.

pp. 571-576

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Hammers, M., Richardson, D., Burke, T., Komdeur, J.

(2012)

Age-dependent terminal declines in reproductive output in a wild bird

in PLoS ONE

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pp. e40413

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Illera, J., Rando, J., Richardson, D., Emerson, B.

(2012)

Age, origins and extinctions of the avifauna of Macaronesia

in Quaternary Science Reviews

50.

pp. 14-22

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Barrett, E., Richardson, D.

(2011)

Sex differences in telomeres and lifespan

in Aging Cell

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pp. 913-921

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Spurgin, L., Van Oosterhout, C., Illera, J., Bridgett, S., Gharbi, K., Emerson, B., Richardson, D.

(2011)

Gene conversion rapidly generates major histocompatibility complex diversity in recently founded bird populations

in Molecular Ecology

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pp. 5213-5225

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van de Crommenacker, J., Komdeur, J., Richardson, D.

(2011)

Assessing the Cost of Helping: The Roles of Body Condition and Oxidative Balance in the Seychelles Warbler (Acrocephalus sechellensis)

in PLoS ONE

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pp. e26423

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van de Crommenacker, J., Komdeur, J., Burke, T., Richardson, D.

(2011)

Spatio-temporal variation in territory quality and oxidative status: a natural experiment in the Seychelles warbler (Acrocephalus sechellensis)

in Journal of Animal Ecology

80.

pp. 668-680

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Groombridge, J., Raisin, C., Bristol, R., Richardson, D.

(2011)

Genetic consequences of reintroductions and insights from population history

In: Reintroduction biology: integrating science and management.

Wiley-Blackwell

pp. 395-440

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van de Crommenacker, J., Richardson, D., Koltz, A., Hutchings, K., Komdeur, J.

(2011)

Parasitic infection and oxidative status are associated and vary with breeding activity in the Seychelles warbler

in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences

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Brouwer, L., Barr, I., Van De Pol, M., Burke, T., Komdeur, J., Richardson, D.

(2010)

MHC-dependent survival in a wild population: evidence for hidden genetic benefits gained through extra-pair fertilizations

in Molecular Ecology

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pp. 3444-3455

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Dean, R., Cornwallis, C. K., Løvlie, H., Worley, K., Richardson, D., Pizzari, T.

(2010)

Male Reproductive Senescence Causes Potential for Sexual Conflict over Mating

in Current Biology

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pp. 1192-1196

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Key Research Interests

 

Current Research Projects

  • The evolution of cooperative breeding
  • The benefits of mate choice
  • The role of the Major histocompatibility complex (MHC) in sexual selection and parasite resistance
  • The role of drift and selection in shaping genetic variation within and among bird populations on island archipelagos
  • Population genetics and conservation of endemic bird species (e.g. the Seychelles warbler, the Cape Verde warbler)
  • Telomeres as bioindicators of the costs of life history components
  • Tansgenerational impacts of ageing in wild populations
  • Mating systems and conservation genetics in marine turtles
  • Work on the Seychelles warbler is undertaken in collaboration with Nature Seychelles

 

Life in our research group

We use a powerful combination of fieldwork and molecular techniques to investigate a range of questions in evolutionary and behavioural ecology. Fieldwork focuses mainly on birds in exotic island locations which provide excellent self-contained natural laboratories in which to work. Lab work is undertaken in the extensive, well equipped molecular ecology labs at UEA. We are a dynamic, international group of students and postdocs that share interests, enthusiasm and social life! We have our own lab meetings and journal clubs to keep up with our research areas, but also engage with the seminars in BIO and beyond. Recent academic highlights have included the Annual ‘Rebellion’ student conference organised by the Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Conservation here at UEA (of which we are part), and a trip to Lisbon for the 2013 European Society for Evolutionary Biology conference.

PhD Positions

Please email me to discuss potential PhD opportunities and projects within the School of Biological Sciences.

Postdocs & Fellows

I am always happy to discuss possibilities for postdoctoral work and collaborations. Possible funding routes include applying for fellowships, e.g. EU Marie Curie fellowships, with me acting as sponsor, or grant applications with you as a named postdoc.

Teaching Interests

All areas of molecular and evolutionary ecology, with key interests in areas of behavioural ecology, conservation genetics and populations genetics.

External Activities and Indicators of Esteem

  • NERC, BBSRC and Leverhulme Trust grant reviewer (2004 - present)
  • Consultancy for Nature Seychelles (2001 - present)
  • Advisor to the Republic of Seychelles Government (Dept. Environment) 

Enterprise and Engagement Activities

  • Public lectures for numerous NGOs including RSPB, British Trust for Ornithology, Nature Seychelles (2001 - present)

Administrative Posts

  • Organisms and Environment Theme Leader
  • Member of the BIO Executive (UEA)
  • Biodiversity Theme Leader in ELSA (Earth & Life Sciences Alliance, Norwich Research Park)
  • UEA Ringing Group Founding member