"I am an evolutionary ecologist with a specific interest in the causes and consequences of within-individual change in life-history traits and between-individual variation in life-history strategies. I mostly conduct analyses on long- term individual-based datasets collected in wild populations, and have so far had the pleasure to work on great tits (Parus major), pre- industrial humans (Homo sapiens) and common terns (Sterna hirundo)."
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"I am an assistant professor at the University of Strasbourg in the Hubert Curien Pluridisciplinary Institute. My research lies at the interface between evolutionary ecology, behavioural ecology and eco-physiology. I am interested in the effects of the biotic and abiotic environment on the life-history traits, the physiology and phenotype of the organisms. I am working in the field (monitoring of great tits populations in and around Strasbourg) and also in the lab (model species: zebra finches)."
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Malcolm D. Burgess
Malcolm is a Principal Conservation Scientist at the RSPB Centre for Conservation Science, where he has mostly worked in the UK and western Africa investigating the causes of decline and migration behaviour of Afro-Palaearctic migrant birds. He has also developed frameworks for spatial conservation prioritization, and recently moved into research related to ground-nesting birds and predation. Malcolm has set up and runs PiedFly.Net, a citizen science project that coordinates hole-nestling bird and phenology monitoring at 50 sites across the UK, most in southwest England, and curates historic datasets.
Malcolm is also an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Exeter, where he conducts collaborative research centred on a 65 year hole-nesting bird dataset at East Dartmoor (UK), which he has been involved with since 1998, and took over this nest box study in 2007. This data is largely used collaboratively with research groups across Europe working on climate change, migration, population dynamics, genetics and blood parasites.
Anne is an evolutionary ecologist holding a senior CNRS position (eq. Prof) in the Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive (CEFE, Montpellier, France). Her main research interests are focused on understanding the mechanisms involved in the evolution of adaptive traits, especially in a context of rapid anthropogenic changes. Since 2007, she is managing a long-term database initiated in 1976 by Jacques Blondel, which includes data (and samples) on blue tits in Corsica and mainland France, and great tits in urban and forest areas of the South of France. This data contributes to her research on local adaptation, plasticity, senescence, ecological genomics and sexual selection. She has particularly pioneered quantitative genetic approaches in wild populations, to study adaptive and non-adaptive responses to climate change and urbanisation.
Anne is a member of the scientific councils for the European Society of Evolutionary Biology (ESEB) and the Fondation pour la Recherche sur la Biodiversité (FRB), involved in the French Women & Science Society, and is an Associate Editor for Evolution Letters.
Erik MatthysenErik is Professor in Evolutionary Ecology at the University of Antwerp, where he teaches courses related to ecology, behaviour, evolution and conservation, as well as ornithology. Hole-nesting birds have been the major study system throughout his career. His first projects were on territoriality and population dynamics in Eurasian Nuthatches, culminating in a PhD in 1988 as well as a monograph published in 1998.
In 1994 he took over the ongoing nestbox study on Great and Blue Tits in Belgium started by André Dhondt, with two main study areas: the Peerdsbos site (running since 1979) and the fragmented Boshoek area (since 1994). These populations have been and are still studied for questions related to dispersal, personality, habitat fragmentation, host-parasite interactions and climate change. The data have been used in many collaborative studies with colleagues all over Europe.
Other bird-related projects in the lab have dealt with conservation, sociality and population dynamics of forest birds in Kenya and Bolivia, and invasion biology of parakeets in Belgium. He has been active in the EOU and IOU as council member and scientific chair of conferences, and has participated in all seven hole-breeding passerine meetings organised since 1985.
Learn more about Erik’s work here www.uantwerpen.be/erik-matthysen
Adele is an evolutionary ecologist with broad interests within behaviour and life history evolution. Her research mostly focuses on disease ecology and evolution in wild and domestic animal populations, in the context of a rapidly changing world. After a first period in Bergen as a researcher, she joined the EGI at Oxford University as a Marie Curie fellow. During this time she became a single carer for her children, aged one and three at the time - a challenging period. After a few years as Associate professor in Amiens, France, she joined Bergen once more, where she established in 2017 a monitored population of hole-nesting birds. She currently leads a project on anthropogenic parasite evolution, in addition to engaging in outreach, including exhibitions at the Natural History Museum in Bergen.
More information on Adele’s work here: https://www.uib.no/en/persons/Adele.Mennerat
Marta is an urban evolutionary ecologist and associate professor at the Centre of New Technologies, University of Warsaw, Poland. She holds a PhD in Zoology from the University of Oxford, and worked at the University of Oxford as Magdalen College Research Fellow (JRF) and in Montpellier (CEFE CNRS) as Marie Curie Fellow before starting the Wild Urban Evolution & Ecology Lab at the University of Warsaw in 2015. While much of her work originally focused on long-term datasets of wild passerines in natural habitats (inbreeding in Oxford, population genomics in CEFE CNRS), she is currently mostly focusing on evolution and ecology in cities.
Marta started a prospectively long-term study of wild passerines (blue tits and great tits) in a gradient of urbanisation in 2016, and is also involved in large-scale projects on the impact of urbanisation on ecological and evolutionary dynamics globally (see NSF urbanecoevo.net). She is the editor and co-author of Urban Evolutionary Biology (Szulkin, Munshi-South & Charmantier eds, Oxford University Press, 2020).
Link to website: http://leem.cent.uw.edu.pl/