Sporopollenin as a dilution agent in artificial diets for solitary bees
Tainsh, F., Woodmansey, S. R., Austin, A. J., Bagnall, T. E., & Gilbert, J. D. (in press). Sporopollenin as a dilution agent in artificial diets for solitary bees. Apidologie, https://doi.org/10.1007/s13592-020-00801-1
Predation drives recurrent convergence of an interspecies mutualism
Feeney, W. E., Brooker, R. M., Johnston, L. N., Gilbert, J. D., Besson, M., Lecchini, D., …Manica, A. (2019). Predation drives recurrent convergence of an interspecies mutualism. Ecology letters, 22(2), 256-264. https://doi.org/10.1111/ele.13184
Aposematism in the burying beetle" Dual function of anal fluid in parental care and chemical defense
Lindstedt, C., Boncoraglio, G., Cotter, S., Gilbert, J., & Kilner, R. M. (2017). Aposematism in the burying beetle? Dual function of anal fluid in parental care and chemical defense. Behavioral ecology, 28(6), 1414-1422. https://doi.org/10.1093/beheco/arx100
James is interested in the evolution of parental care and social behaviour – especially how these crucial animal interactions shape, and are shaped by, animals' nutritional environments – and the unforeseen pressures exerted upon parental and social interactions by anthropogenic change.
I am happy to supervise PhDs on a range of topics related to invertebrate behaviour and ecology. Currently I am supervising projects on nutritional ecology of solitary bees, and the macroevolution of insect parental care and life history, but am always open to creative, interesting suggestions. I do not currently have a funded position to offer, though, so we would have to work together to obtain funding.