Paper accepted in Oikos! “Fear and lethality in snowshoe hares: the deadly effects of non-consumptive predation risk“. Full article will be available here soon (currently just abstract)!

Presentation abstract accepted for SICB 2018 in San Francisco! I’ll be talking about my lizard work on Sunday 7th: “Maternal stress in eastern fence lizards does not adaptively program offspring to a stressful environment.”


Another hihi paper out today! “Do mothers bias offspring sex ratios in carotenoid-rich environments?” Available in early access form here.


My first hihi paper came out online in Animal Behaviour today! “Minutes matter: brief hatching asynchrony adversely affects late-hatched hihi nestlings, but not life beyond the nest”. You can find it here. Please email me if you cannot access the pdf online.


I’ve moved! I am now a postdoctoral scholar at Penn State. Follow on this site for news of my upcoming research, or check out my group pages here and here.


I’m on Breaking Bio! Check out my interview episode here.


Very excited to have been offered a postdoc position in the labs of Michael Sheriff and Tracy Langkilde at Penn State. I’ll be moving there in March! More details here.


Delighted to have been awarded an ASAB Research Grant to fund my upcoming research on red-winged fairy wrens in Australia! This work will be done in collaboration with Dr Lyanne Brouwer from ANU. I’m very excited – keep an eye on my blog for research updates through the field season, starting very soon!


New paper out online in Journal of Animal Ecology: No apparent benefits of allonursing for recipient offspring and mothers in the cooperatively breeding meerkat. As always, email me for a pdf if you would like to read it!


New paper out online in Behavioural Ecology: Low costs of allonursing in meerkats: mitigation by behavioral change? Please email me for a pdf if you would like to read it, but do not have access. (Unfortunately I still can’t afford open access charges!)


The first ever issue of Biosphere magazine is out! I’m a contributor – check it out here:


Delighted to report two things: that I submitted my PhD dissertation last week (hooray! watch this space!); and, that I am beginning a post-doc position with Dr Rose Thorogood in the Behavioural Ecology group here in Cambridge, working on environmental influences on maternal investment in hihi.


Paper out today in Biology Letters! Revisiting non-offspring nursing: allonursing evolves when the costs are low Biol. Lett. June 2014, vol. 10, no. 6 20140378


New letter out in Trends in Plant Sciences with AJ Carter and others: Junior scientists are sceptical of sceptics of open access: a reply to Agrawal


This month I’m featured in Dr Hannah Rowland’s Beepcast! Listen here. I’m also featured in the Cambridge Research Horizons magazine: download a copy here.


New citation in Costly sons do not lead to adaptive sex ratio adjustment in pilot whales, Globicephala melas by Hazel Nichols and team

I’ve been awarded a research grant from the Cambridge Philosophical Society towards the completion of my thesis.

Newly cited, woohoo! Check out Sinead’s article, “Early growth, dominance acquisition and lifetime reproductive success in male and female cooperative meerkats“…

Paper covered in the Observatory column, New York Times:

Paper top story on BBC Science and Environment!

My new paper, “Factors predicting the frequency, likelihood and duration of allonursing in the cooperatively breeding meerkat”, is out online today! ( or email me for a copy 🙂

I’m featuring on the Cambridge University Public Engagement webpages, with a short post about my Countryfile experience:

The second episode of Countryfile I worked on airs tonight! Check it out on BBC2.

Tonight I was featured on “Pythagoras’ Trousers” on Radio Cardiff – you can check out my podcast here:
or via the website:

The Countryfile investigation I’ve been working on will air THIS SUNDAY – 1st Sept. Tune in!

My second paper, “Factors predicting the frequency, likelihood, and duration of allonursing in the cooperatively breeding meerkat”, has been accepted by Animal Behaviour!

Today I started my Media Fellowship placement at BBC Countryfile in Bristol. I’ll be doing the background research for a John Craven investigation that will air in September. Watch this space!

My first citation, hooray! Tilman Schneider and Peter Kappeler’s excellent review of social systems and life history characteristics of mongooses is online now, and includes the VERY exciting fact that there is no evidence that meerkats adjust their offspring sex ratios (MacLeod & Clutton-Brock, boom!)

Next month I will be undertaking a placement with the BBC in Bristol, working on Countryfile, as part of the British Media Association Fellowship I was awarded in May!


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