Talib Chitheer

Supervisor: Andrew MacColl

Research Interests

I am studying the eco-evolutionary interactions between fish and plankton in lochs on the Scottish island of North Uist.

On North Uist there is an enormous amount of variation in the ecological conditions in lochs, and in the phenotypes and abundances of fish such as three-spined stickleback and brown trout.

Recent ecological developments suggest ecological conditions will affect the way in which phenotypes evolve, and that this evolutionary change will in turn have feedback effects on the ecology of the community. I am concentrating especially on the role of zooplankton in North Uist lochs. These have an important intermediary position in the simple food chains of these lochs, and are likely to mediate both trophic cascades and eco-evolutionary dynamics.