We explore interactions between behaviour and physiology, using invertebrate model systems. For example, we study how and why animals change their behaviour due to infection. In some cases the change in behaviour is produced by the host to help it overcome its infection, in some cases the pathogen manipulates the host’s behaviour for its own ends. We also study how and why immune function is influenced by factors such as stress and reproduction. The ability to resist disease is partly determined by behaviour. To learn more, see our research page.
We use a range of techniques including behavioural studies, physiological methods, biochemical assays and molecular techniques.