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Research interests

Hannah Dugdale is Professor of Evolutionary Medicine and a Rosalind Franklin Fellow.


The Dugdale Research Group is interested in the evolution of within- and between-individual differences in behavioural and life-history traits. Our current focus is the evolution of ageing. One of the most profound challenges we all face is that we deteriorate with age – a process known as senescence. Individuals clearly senesce differently, but our understanding of how and why individuals senesce in such different ways remains limited. Our research takes a comprehensive and integrative approach to investigate why individual variation in senescence evolved and is maintained. This will generate vital knowledge on how individuals can live longer, healthier lives.


Testing the environmental buffering hypothesis of cooperative breeding in the Seychelles warbler

Absence of the pace-of-life syndrome in a territorial passerine, Acrocephalus sechellensis

A meta-analysis on the heritability of vertebrate telomere length

Assessing the causes and consequences of gut mycobiome variation in a wild population of the Seychelles warbler

Causes and consequences of telomere lengthening in a wild vertebrate population

Early-life conditions impact juvenile telomere length, but do not predict later life-history strategies or fitness in a wild vertebrate

Immunogenetic variation shapes the gut microbiome in a natural vertebrate population

Population level consequences of facultatively cooperative behaviour in a stochastic environment

Rainfall is associated with social behaviour in Seychelles warblers

Sex-dependent effects of parental age on offspring fitness in a cooperatively breeding bird

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Eva zoekt uit: Waarom gaan we dood?

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Open Research Award 2021: de winnaars

A warning on climate and the risk of societal collapse

Seychelles: $78,000 Donation for Nature Seychelles Will Rebuild Cousin Island Research Centre

Tummy rumbles? Otters juggle pebbles when hungry, study finds

Codger badger- Britain’s oldest ever badger Bertie, 20, lined up for luxury retirement

Countering gender bias at conferences

Study finds women biologists more likely to avoid spotlight at conferences

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