Jess Clark is a Ph.D candidate at the University of Edinburgh

Her current research interests include how an individual’s condition relates to their role in disease transmission, as well as overall trade offs in various life history traits. She is interested in the evolution of parasite virulence, parasite plasticity in response to a host’s condition and how a host’s initial resistance and tolerance once infected, change with host condition.

She addresses these interests whilst considering the effect of maternal condition on offspring fitness and resistance and the role maternal age and host age has to play in all this.

Her previous research has looked at the effects of urbanization on Blue Tits and Great Tits, looking at changes in fecundity, survival, and immunity in addition to changes in circadian gene expression. Prior to this she studied the effects of long-term captivity on amphibian behaviour.