Thomas Merkling

I am an evolutionary biologist interested in how animals adapt to environmental change. Specifically, my research focuses on how animals adjust their reproductive decisions to different environmental conditions to maximise their fitness. I use my unique skillset to incorporate proximate, physiological and behavioural mechanisms with broader adaptive and phylogenetic evolutionary questions, combining large-scale experiments in birds and meta-analysis. Thus far, I have applied this original approach to three areas of evolutionary biology – maternal effects, sex allocation and colouration.

I did my PhD in France, with fieldwork in Alaska, and two postdocs in Australia. Recently, I moved to Canada on a FRQNT scholarship. I will be linking fitness to individual genetic diversity and pair genetic similarity at immunity-related genes in a seabird.


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