Dr Chris Faulkes
Reader in Evolutionary Ecology, Chair of Biology & Biochemistry Exam Board, SBCS Foundation Programme coordinator
Dr Chris Faulkes is the Director of the Science and Engineering Foundation Programme.
- Ecology (Field Course) (BIO123)
- Essential Skills for Biologists (BIO100)
- Practical Molecular and Cellular Biology (Tutorials/Labs) (BIO190)
- Practical Biology (Tutorials/Labs) (BIO192)
- Reproductive and Developmental Biology (BIO337)
- Behavioural Ecology (BIO311)
- Mammals and Evolution (BIO331)
- Research Projects BIO600
- Project Skills (BIO603)
- Research Methods & Communication (BIO209)
- Professional Skills and Development for Biologists (BIO329)
- Research Frontiers in Evolutionary Biology (BIO731P)
Molecular evolutionary 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, especially in subterranean rodents. This involves a multidisciplinary approach encompassing the fields of molecular ecology, molecular phylogenetics, reproductive physiology and behaviour. More recent work has tackled the genetic basis of adaptations to the subterranean niche and ageing.
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 research projects have involved the molecular ecology of Round Island petrels in Mauritius (with Richard Nichols at QMUL), studies of Island populations of voles around the UK, genetics of urban hedgehogs and genomics of African cattle breeds (with Laurent Franz and Steve Rossiter at QMUL).