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Research interests

My research focuses on how disease constrains the evolutionary process. This has primarily involved demographic studies of behaviour, meiosis and life history in insects. We have found that fungus-infected insects adaptively alter their thermal preferences, shift their diet, and exhibit higher meiotic recombination. These phenomena provide basic insights into evolution, health and healthy ageing. But, they are also important for insect control and managing the spread of human diseases by insects. Our current research is focused on applying what we have learned to help people, especially with respect to fertility, alternative medicine and Chagas Disease.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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