Dr Kirsty MacLeod

Teaching & Research Lectureship

Research

I am a behavioural ecologist interested in the links between animal behaviour, life history and physiology, and how individuals interact with each other and their environment, primarily (but not exclusively!) in reptiles.

These interests cover a broad range of topics, from predator-prey interactions, to anthropogenic noise disturbance, to ecophysiology, and reproductive and breeding system ecology.

Currently, my research is focusing on the intersection of a few major themes:

  • environmental change - particularly winter warming - and how this impacts reptile behaviour, physiology, and population dynamics
  • the role of stress in wild animals
  • maternal effects - how a mother's environment influences the phenotype of her offspring
  • the drivers and consequences of social and prosocial behaviour

For more info, see my personal/lab webpage.

 

Research Activity at Previous HEIs

Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions Research Fellow, Lund University 2019 - 2022

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Pennsylvania State University 2016 - 2019

Research Associate, University of Cambridge 2014 - 2016

Education / academic qualifications

  • PhD , Allonursing in the cooperatively breeding meerkat (2011 - 2014)
  • BSc , Zoology (2005 - 2009)

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