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

Her current research uses both modelling and experimental work on Daphnia magna to investigate how disease spread is affected by host age, population age structure, and patterns and characteristics of senescence. In the framework of senescence theory, she experimentally explores trade offs between longevity and reproduction and how susceptibility to infection fits into 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.