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Miss Emma Gillingham 

I studied for my degree in Zoology at Cardiff University between 2006 and 2010. My interest in scientific research was initiated by the second year field course, and grew during the final year research project. I attended the Tropical Marine Ecology field course in Tobago, where I conducted a project investigating the behaviour of the damselfish (Stegastes fuscus). Whilst in Tobago I became interested in parasites after chatting with Dr. Jo Cable and I went on to carry out my final year research project under her supervision with one of her PhD students, Bettina Schelkle. My project involved investigating whether a Pitch Lake in Trinidad contained compounds that were responsible for causing low parasite burdens of the guppys within this Lake.

After graduating, I worked as a research assistant with Dr. Sarah Perkins, investigating the loss of parasites in invasive species, focusing on the bank vole (Myodes glareolus) in the Republic of Ireland. This marked the beginning of my interest in small mammals and their parasites. In April 2011, I began my PhD looking at the impacts of climate change on host-parasite interactions, using the yellow-necked mouse (Apodemus flavicollis) as a model species.