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Research interests

I am a theoretical evolutionary biologist interested in the evolution and ecology of hosts and their parasites. 

I am currently a NERC Independent Research Fellow in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Bath and a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley.

My research covers a broad range of topics in biology, including diversity, local adaptation, sexual selection, and the evolution of reproductive strategies (read a summary of my work or view my publications). I occasionally blog or tweet (@bnashby) about my work and broad scientific issues, and I’m an ambassador for the “Ask for Evidence” campaign run by Sense about Science. My news page contains information on my latest papers and upcoming talks.

Willing to supervise PhD

Please get in touch (benashbyevo@gmail.com) if you would like to discuss PhD opportunities on host/parasite evolution. 

External positions

Visiting Scholar, University of California, Berkeley

Nov 2015Nov 2018

Keywords

  • host-parasite
  • ecology
  • evolution
  • coevolution
  • evolutionary biology
  • resistance
  • infectivity
  • virulence
  • mate choice
  • STD
  • evolution of sex

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Projects 2016 2021

coevolution
parasites
infectious diseases
viruses
grooming (animal behavior)

Research Output 2013 2019

Understanding the role of eco-evolutionary feedbacks in host-parasite coevolution

Ashby, B., Iritani, R., Best, A., White, A. & Boots, M., 7 Mar 2019, In : Journal of Theoretical Biology. 464, p. 115-125 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Mutual fitness benefits arise during coevolution in a nematode-defensive microbe model

Rafaluk-Mohr, C., Ashby, B., Dahan, D. & King, K., 28 May 2018, In : Evolution Letters.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Symbiosis
Enterococcus faecalis
Caenorhabditis elegans
Coinfection
Staphylococcus aureus

The evolution of juvenile susceptibility to infectious disease

Ashby, B. & Bruns, E., 20 Jun 2018, In : Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 285, 1881, 7 p., 0844.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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infectious disease
infectious diseases
Reproduction
Communicable Diseases
Resource Allocation
4 Citations (Scopus)

Competing species leave many potential niches unfilled

Ashby, B., Watkins, E., Lourenço, J., Gupta, S. & Foster, K., 18 Sep 2017, In : Nature Ecology & Evolution. 1, 10, p. 1495-1501

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Competing Species
Niche
niche
niches
Seed

Friendly foes: the evolution of host protection by a parasite

Ashby, B. & King, K., 31 Aug 2017, In : Evolution Letters. 1, 4, p. 211-221

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Tolerance
parasite
parasite resistance
parasites
tolerance