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Beckerman Lab
Department of Animal & Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield

We work on the ecology and evolution of phenotypic plasticity, the role of foraging behaviour in the structure and complexity of food webs and parrot conservation. We use Daphnia, Algae, Computers and Parrots in our work. Below you can find links to our research. 

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Predation & Plasiticty 

We study the local adaptation of plasticity in real ponds and in daphnia and algae. We explore the genes that underpin plasticity and local adaptation. We work with predators and with metals. We work in algae biotechnology too.

Food Webs

We explore the structure, complexity and dynamics of food webs. We use optimal foraging theory to define the rules linking predators and prey. This is network biology.
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Parrots & Conservation

We study the demography of parrots. We link this to socioeconomic constraints and trade-offs in conservation management. We build models.
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R4All

We work with R. Owen Petchey and Dylan Childs, my colleagues, and I write books and teach courses about using R. R is good.
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News From The Lab

• July 2018 - NERC grant received:  "Towards a general theory of ecological impacts of multiple, simultaneous stressors. (Food Webs!).

• August 2018 - Ecology (ESA) paper accepted by Tom Clegg (MBiolSci) and Mohammad Ali (PhD): "The Impact of Intraspecific Variation on Food Web Structure"

•June 2018 - PhD Student Erika Hansson receives £5000 award for metabolomics work on the evolution of herbicide resistance in algae.

• January 2018 - Long awaited synthetic paper out in Nature Ecology and Evolution: Predation drives local adaptation of phenotypic plasticity with perspective at Nature EE Community

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Dr. Andrew Beckerman
Department of Animal & Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2TN, UK

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