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How to find us prof. dr. H.L. (Hannah) Dugdale

Research interests

Welcome to the Dugdale Research Group. We are 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.


Are you my baby?: Testing whether paternity affects behavior of cobreeder male acorn woodpeckers

Causes and consequences of telomere lengthening in a wild vertebrate population

Contemporary evolution of the innate immune receptor gene TLR3 in an isolated vertebrate population

Early-life seasonal, weather and social effects on telomere length in a wild mammal

Estimation of environmental, genetic and parental age at conception effects on telomere length in a wild mammal

Genetic, social and maternal contributions to Mycobacterium bovis infection status in European badgers (Meles meles)

Helpers compensate for age-related declines in parental care and offspring survival in a cooperatively breeding bird

Hematocrit, age, and survival in a wild vertebrate population

Lifetime reproductive benefits of cooperative polygamy vary for males and females in the acorn woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)

Telomere heritability and parental age at conception effects in a wild avian population

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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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