Greg Hurst

 Brief CV:
University of Cambridge
BA Zoology (1990) 
PhD Evolutionary Genetics (1994) 
Fantham Fellow in Parasitology  (1993-1997)    
University College London
BBSRC David Phillips Fellow (1997-2002) 
Lecturer, Reader  (2002-2007) 
University of Liverpool
Professor of Zoology  (2007-current)

Everything to do with symbiont-host interactions, from mechanism through effects on populations to evolution of the symbiont/host. I am happiest working with insects, but symbionts are present in nearly all taxa, and thus we hope to discover more general truths.

Also interested in the evolutionary ecology of sexually transmitted infections, meiotic drive, and more widely in co-evolutionary dynamics.

I can be made interested in most of evolutionary biology. It is quite an interesting planet out there.

 Study systems:

Happily work on different symbionts, and different hosts. Currently, Drosophila and Nasonia are favoured lab rats, bees, butterflies, midges and ladybirds favoured field systems. Bacteria: Arsenophonus, Spiroplasma, Cardinium and Wolbachia.

 Study approaches:

 Anything that works considered.  We combine functional and genomic analyses with laboratory experiments and analysis of patterns in natural populations. Our population/evolutionary dynamics work is commonly quite 'model-up' - working out what we expect from assumptions and seeing if it happens.

 Wider impact work:

With Giles Budge at FERA: symbionts and bee health.

With Matthew Baylis at Liverpool: Symbiont impacts on biting midges.

With IITA, Benin, on using insects to aid food security in Africa

With Dr Juan Paredes at icipe Kenya, on bee health
Other community roles  
NERC PRC member
Editorial board, Biology Direct & BMC Evolutionary Biology.
 How to find My work:  
twitter: @TheLadybirdman