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Lauren is a third year PhD student in the BirdLab under the supervision of Sonia Kleindorfer, Diane Colombelli-Négrel and Rachael Dudaniec on the Avian Vampire Fly (Philornis downsi), a parasitic fly introduced to the Galápagos Islands. Her project focuses on the novel co-evolutionary relationship between the Avian Vampire Fly and its Darwin’s finch hosts, and how this has changed over time from the parasite’s perspective. Lauren is investigating changes to the life history and population genomics of Avian Vampire Fly since its introduction, examining the impact of invasion and natural selection on parasite populations and host-parasite interactions. 

Research Interests

Birds, parasites, evolution, host-parasite dynamics, invasive species

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor of Science (Honours), Rapid downward fecundity selection in the ectoparasite Philornis downsi, driven by high mortality in Darwin’s finch hosts, Flinders University

Award Date: 1 Dec 2018

Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science (Animal Behaviour), Flinders University

Award Date: 31 Dec 2017


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