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Dr Tom Houslay

Dr Tom Houslay

Research Associate


Research Interests

I am an evolutionary ecologist, and my research focuses on quantitative variation in traits that may change over time within individuals. My interests revolve around among-individual and additive genetic sources of such variation, and I am particularly interested in the causes and consequences of phenotypic plasticity and integration among traits.

Key Publications

T.M. Houslay, M. Vierbuchen, A.J. Grimmer, A.J. Young, A.J. Wilson (2017). Testing the stability of behavioural coping style across stress contexts in the Trinidadian guppyFunctional Ecology, 32(2), 424-438. doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12981

D.K. Maskrey, A.J. Wilson, S.J. White, T.M. Houslay (2018). Who dares doesn’t always win: risk-averse rockpool prawns are better at controlling a limited resourceAnimal Behaviour (in press). doi: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2018.04.023

T.M. Houslay, A.J. Wilson (2017). Avoiding the misuse of BLUP in behavioural ecologyBehavioural Ecology, 28(4), 948-952. doi: 10.1093/beheco/arx023

T.M. Houslay, K.F. Houslay, J. Rapkin, J. Hunt, L.F. Bussière (2016). Mating opportunities and energetic constraints drive variation in age-dependent sexual signallingFunctional Ecology31(3), 728-741. doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12766

T.M. Houslay, J. Hunt, M.C. Tinsley, L.F. Bussière. (2015). Sex differences in the effects of adult and juvenile diet on age-dependent reproductive effortJournal of Evolutionary Biology, 28(5), 1067-1079. doi: 10.1111/jeb.12630

Other Publications

S.J. White, T.M. Houslay, A.J. Wilson (2018). Evolutionary genetics of personality in the Trinidadian guppy II: Sexual dimorphism and genotype-by-sex interactionsHeredity (in press). doi: 10.1038/s41437-018-0083-0

B. Longdon, J.P. Day, J.M. Alves, S.C.L. Smith, T.M. Houslay, J.E. McGonigle, F.M. Jiggins (2018). Parallel genetic changes in viruses adapting to closely related hosts following a host shiftPLoS Pathogens, 14(4), e1006951. doi: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1006951

J.M. Styga, T.M. Houslay, A.J. Wilson, R.L. Earley (2018). Ontogeny of the morphology-performance axis in an amphibious fish (Kryptolebias marmoratus)Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A, 327, 620-634. doi: 10.1002/jez.2150

K.R. Duffield, K.J. Hampton, T.M. Houslay, J. Hunt, J. Rapkin, S.K. Sakaluk, B.M. Sadd (2018). Age-dependent variation in the terminal investment threshold in male cricketsEvolution72(3), 578-589. doi: 10.1111/evo.13443

A. Duarte, S.C. Cotter, O. De Gasperin, T.M. Houslay, G. Boncoraglio, M. Welch, R.M. Kilner (2017). No evidence of a cleaning mutualism between burying beetles and their phoretic mitesScientific Reports,7. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-14201-6

B.J.M. Jarrett, M. Schrader, D. Rebar, T.M. Houslay, R.M. Kilner (2017). Cooperative interactions within the family enhance the capacity for evolutionary change in body sizeNature Ecology and Evolution, 1(7). doi: 10.1038/s41559-017-0178

B. Longdon, J.P. Day,…, T.M. Houslay,…, F.M. Jiggins (2017). Vertically transmitted rhabdoviruses are found across three insect families and have dynamic interactions with their hostsProceedings of the Royal Society: Series B, 284doi: 10.1098/rspb.2016.2381

T.M. Houslay, L.F. Bussière. (2012). Sexual Selection and Life History Allocation. In ‘Encylopedia of Life Sciences‘, Wiley. doi: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0023667