People

Principal investigators

Professor Terry Burke

The University of Sheffield, UK (Sheffield)
University of Sheffield staff profile
t.a.burke@sheffield.ac.uk

University of Groningen, UK
h.l.dugdale@rug.nl

Professor Jan Komdeur

University of Groningen, NL (RUG)
University of Groningen staff page
j.komdeur@rug.nl

University of East Anglia, UK (UEA)
david.richardson@uea.ac.uk

Postdoctoral researchers

Post-doctoral research associate (2020-2023) Gut microbiome variation, fitness and senescence within a natural vertebrate population.
Based at the University of East Anglia. Collaboration with David Richardson, Matthew Hutchings and Hannah Dugdale. Supported by Nature Seychelles and NERC.

PhD students

NWO PhD (2019-2023) A first realistic quantitative test of sex ratio modification theory in a wild population.
Based at RUG. Supervised by Jan Komdeur, David Richardson and Franjo Weissing. Supported by Terry Burke, Hannah Dugdale and Nature Seychelles.
m.j.borger@rug.nl

Leeds Doctoral Scholarship (2018-2022) Individual variation in reproductive success in the Seychelles warbler
Based at the University of Leeds. Supervised by Hannah Dugdale, David Richardson & Simon Goodman. Supported by Terry Burke, Jan Komdeur and Nature Seychelles.
bsech@leeds.ac.uk

NERC PhD (2018-2022) Causes and consequences of animal personalities in the Seychelles warbler.
Based at the University of Leeds. Supervised by Hannah Dugdale, Terry Burke & Keith Hamer. Supported by David Richardson, Jan Komdeur and Nature Seychelles.
bstlc@leeds.ac.uk

NRPDTP PhD (2021–2025) Metagenomics of gut microbiome in ageing, fitness, and mortality within an isolated vertebrate population. Based at University of East Anglia. Supervised by David Richardson, Hannah Dugdale, and Falk Hildebrand. Supported by Terry Burke, Jan Komdeur, and Nature Seychelles. Chuen.Lee@uea.ac.uk

Sheffield Scholarship (2022–2025). Genomics of inbreeding in Seychelles warblers. Based at Sheffield University. Supervised by Terry Burke and David Richardson. Supported by Hannah Dugdale, Jan Komdeur, and Nature Seychelles.
kgllee1@sheffield.ac.uk

RUG/MAQ funded double-degree PhD (2021-2025) Fitness benefits and heritability of long-term partnerships.
Based at the University of Groningen and Macquarie University (AUS). Supervised by Hannah Dugdale, Simon Griffith, and David Richardson. Supported by Jan Komdeur, Terry Burke, and Nature Seychelles.
f.j.d.speelman@rug.nl

Claire Tsui

RUG/UEA funded double degree PhD (2022-2026). Quantitative genetics and genomics of senescence. Based in the University of Groningen and University of East Anglia (UEA). Supervised by Hannah Dugdale and David Richardson. Supported by Jan Komdeur, Terry Burke and Nature Seychelles. Nature Seychelles.
l.s.tsui@rug.nl

Molecular support

Research assistant (2004-present) Marco runs the molecular sexing and genotyping of the Seychelles warbler dataset
Based at RUG. Line manager, Jan Komdeur
University of Groningen staff page
m.van.der.velde@rug.nl

Alumni

Meet the past members of our group.