I am an evolutionary biologist interested in the evolution and maintenance of cooperation.

Evolution of nitrogen-fixing symbioses in angiosperms.
Evolution of nitrogen-fixing symbioses in angiosperms (Werner et al. 2014, Nature Communications).

Everywhere we look in nature, we see successful cooperation. Yet, cheaters and free-riders undermine cooperative interactions and can cause them to break down.

So why does cooperation evolve? How is it stabilised? When is it lost? These are some of the questions I am interested in.

I study both mutualisms – cooperative interactions between species – and cooperation within species. In addition, I am interested in social evolution more generally, including in humans.

You can find more information about my research interests here.

Currently, I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Zoology in Oxford, working in the Social Evolution group with Prof. Stuart West and funded by the Calleva Research Centre for Evolution and Human Sciences. I am also a Junior Research Fellow at Balliol College Oxford. Previously, I worked in Oxford as a a Royal Society Newton International Fellow.

University of Oxford