Open to PhD applications in the field of
- Biological invasions
- Reproduction and parental care
- Sleep ecology
Current Research Opportunities
- Understanding and predicting the success of alien freshwater fish
- The evolution of vertebrate parental care diversity
- The evolution of placental diversity: between cooperation and conflict
- Understanding the ecology and coevolution of aphids and parasitoids to improve natural biocontrol measures in field crops
- Does behaviour drive evolution? Conflict, behaviour and reproduction in vertebrates
Public outreach & key achievements
- 2018-2023: I co-developed and co-wrote the grant for the successful NERC DTP2 PANORAMA with the Universities of Leeds and York, and co-led the submission for the UoHull together with Professor D. Parsons, ~5.5M£ (PI: Dr Sebastian Rost, University of Leeds).
- 2014-2017: NERC New Investigator Award: Understanding biological invasions: a phylogenetic comparative approach, grant n. NE/K013777/1, PI: Dr I. Capellini - £620,200.
- 2008-2011: BBSRC/NERC Research Grant, PI: Prof. R. Barton, Co-I.: Dr I. Capellini; Evolutionary architecture of reproduction in female mammals, grant n. BB/E014593/1 - £312,000.
Peer Review College Membership:
- 2017-present: NERC Peer Review College, Panel C (biology, ecology & environmental sciences)
- 2018-present: UK Research and Innovation Future Leaders Fellowship Peer Review College & Panel.
Funding agencies refereed for:
- BBSRC (UK), Leverhulme Trust (UK), Agence Nationale de la Recherche, ANR (National Agency for Research; France), German Research Foundation (Germany), Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (Netherlands), Leaky Foundation (USA), Chilean National Fund for Scientific and Technological Development (Chile), National Research Foundation of South Africa (South Africa).
- 2019: Seminar, Centre for Ecology and Conservation, University of Exeter (Penryn, March): Evolution of parental care diversity in amphibians.
- Seminar, School of Biological Sciences, University of Reading (Reading, March): Evolution of parental care in mammals and amphibians.
- Seminar, Department of Life Sciences, University of Roehampton (London, February): A global scale approach to biological invasions.
- 2018: Seminar, School of Biological Sciences, Royal Holloway, University of London (Egham, October): Functional benefits and ecological constraints of sleep in mammals.
- 2017: Keynote speaker, British Ecological Society meeting on Macroecology of Alien Species, Durham University (Durham, July): Unraveling the fundamental ecological processes of invasion success at the global scale.
- 2016: Seminar, School of Biological Sciences, University of Edinburgh (Edinburgh, September): A global scale approach to biological invasions.
- 2015: Seminar, School of Environment and Life Sciences, University of Salford (Salford, February): The evolution of the mammalian placenta: between cooperation and conflict.
- 2014: Keynote speaker, Royal Society Satellite Meeting on Brain development in relation to placental function (Royal Society Chicheley Hall, Chicheley, June): Maternal investment and the evolutionary development of brain size in mammals.
- Seminar, London Evolutionary Research Network, University College London (June): The secrets of sleep: predators, parasites and the evolution of sleep in mammals.
- Keynote speaker, Spring Meeting of the Primate Society of Great Britain, Oxford Brookes University (Oxford, April): Evolution and ecology of mammalian sleep.
- Seminar speaker, School of Life Sciences, University of Lincoln (Lincoln, March): The evolution of the placenta: between cooperation and conflict.
- 2011: Keynote speaker, Annual Trophoblast Meeting on the Evolution of Placentation, Cambridge University (Cambridge, July): Placentation, maternal investment and parasites.
- Seminar, Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (Berlin, May): Evolution of the placenta: maternal investment, maternal-offspring conflict and parasite pressure.
- Keynote speaker and instructor, AnthroTree 2011 workshop on phylogenetic comparative methods, University of Massachusetts (Amherst, MA, June): Phylogenetic generalised least squares models using BayesTraits.
- 2010: Seminar, School of Psychology, University of Lincoln (Lincoln, February): Maternal investment and the evolutionary development of brain size in mammals.
- Keynote speaker and instructor, Learning from other disciplines statistics workshop, Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University (Newcastle upon Tyne, September): Phylogenetic comparative methods in evolutionary biology.
- 2009: Seminar, Department of Zoology, Cambridge University (Cambridge, November): Comparative analysis of the evolutionary development of brain size in mammals.
- Seminar, Centre for Behaviour and Evolution, Newcastle University (Newcastle upon Tyne, May): Placentation, prenatal maternal investment and neonatal encephalization in mammals.
- Seminar, School of Biological and Earth Sciences, John Moores University (Liverpool, January): Functional benefits and ecological constraints of sleep in mammals.
- 2008: Seminar, Division of Biology, Imperial College London (Ascot, October): Evolution and ecology of mammalian sleep.
- Seminar, School of Biology and Environmental Sciences, University College Dublin (Dublin, March): Evolution of sleep architecture in mammals.
- 2007: Keynote speaker, Symposium Tooth and claw: the evolutionary and functional morphology of aggression at the 8th International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology (Paris, July): Evolution of weapons in the hartebeest.
- 2016: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
- 2005: PhD in Biology: Evolutionary ecology of hartebeest, University of Newcastle (U. K.). Supervisors: Prof. M. Gosling and Dr C. Roberts (Newcastle University)
- 2000: Joint MSc & BSc Degree in Natural Sciences, course in Conservation Biology, University of Milan (Italy). Thesis (field based): Male roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) spatial behaviour in the Appennines with special reference to the rut. Top score with distinction (110/110 magna cum laude). Supervisor: Prof. M. Apollonio (Univ. of Pisa)
|PhD Title||The evolution of parental care in amphibians|
|PhD Title||Parents feeding offspring: the ecology and evolution of parental care in insects (Lead supervisor: Dr James Gilbert)|
|PhD Title||Laterality and parental care in fish (Lead supervisor: Dr Lesley Morrell)|
Alumni: Where are they now