Welcome to Dan Nussey's website.
I am an evolutionary ecologist based at the Institute of Evolutionary Biology at the University of Edinburgh. My research aims to understand the causes and consequences of among individual differences in the ageing process. The deterioration of physiological function with age (or senescence), although seemingly inevitable, is one of the most complex, variable and poorly understood of biological processes. Why do some individuals remain healthy and live to a ripe old age, whilst others deteriorate and die much sooner? I use individual-based studies of wild animals to test evolutionary explanations for this variation, and to understand how genes and early-life environmental conditions predict patterns of physiological and demographic change in later adulthood.
Kathryn Watt, Jen Fairlie , Hannah Froy, Becky Watson and Becky Holland are part of the group - you can find information on each of them under the people link.
I am currently supported by a BBSRC David Phillips research fellow. I am also affiliated to the Institute of Immunology & Infection Research, and a member of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Immunity, Infection & Evolution in Edinburgh.
I am a co-convener of the School of Biological Science's Press Gang, which supports the engagment of scientists with the media and wider public. Download the latest BioPOD podcast to hear more about the amazing biological research going on across the school.
Ashworth Laboratories, The Kings Buildings,
West Mains Road, Edinburgh EH9 3JT
Tel: +44 (0)131 6505494