Dr Chris Faulkes
Location: Room 5.18, Fogg building
Director of the SE Foundation Programme, Reader in Evolutionary Ecology
Phone: +44 (0)20 7882 7004
Dr Chris Faulkes is the Director of the Science and Engineering Foundation Programme.
Molecular ecology - Social evolution in cooperatively-breeding mammals
My research interests broadly fall into mammalian evolution and, in particular, the evolution and maintenance of social and reproductive behaviour. This involves a multidisciplinary approach encompassing the fields of molecular ecology, molecular phylogenetics, reproductive physiology and behaviour.
My specific study animals have focussed mainly on the African mole-rats of the family Bathyergidae, with some work also on a cooperatively breeding South American primate, the common marmoset monkey. Some other current research projects involve the molecular ecology of Round Island petrels in Mauritius (with Professor Richard Nichols at QMUL), and studies of Island populations of voles around the UK (with Professor John Gurnell at QMUL).