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.  
Further details of my research interests and publications can be found using the links above.
Kathryn Watt, Jen Fairlie , Hannah Froy, Becky Watson, Rachael Adams, Sarah Underwood, Alex Chambers, Alex Sparks, Luise  Seeker and Louise Christensen 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.

Contact details:


Dan Nussey                                              


Ashworth Laboratories, The Kings Buildings,
Charlotte Auerbach Road, Edinburgh EH9 3FL
Tel: +44 (0)131 6505494