Dr Kate Durrant

Research Interests

My scientific interests are many and varied.  Primarily a molecular and behavioural ecologist, I have also worked with host-parasite-vector systems, phylogeography, sperm competition, sexual selection, mating systems and conservation genetics.

I am interested in extra-pair copulation and sperm competition theory, parasite-mediated sexual selection, patterns of host-parasite phylogeography, and the effects of parasites and disease on endangered species. I am also studying the behavioural ecology of the white-crowned black wheatear (Oenanthe leucopyga).

Most of my studies so far have concentrated on avian systems, including avian malaria.  In 2008 I was part of a team that described a new species of forest robin, Stiphrornis pyrrholaemus, from Gabon, Africa.

Current students

Omer Jaf (PhD)

Ian Skicko (MRes)

Former students

Joćo Pedro Pio (MRes)

Luke McLeod (MRes)

Sarah Fowkes (MRes)

Lisa Gecchele (MRes)

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Brief CV