Below are the members of the EMPSEB 21 committee.

The email addresses for the treasurer and  the fundraising team are:


  Kimberley Prior - President


Kim is privileged and honoured to be involved with organising such a prestigious event as EMPSEB and is keen to interact with other PhD students and senior scientists from around the world. Kim studies host-parasite interactions and is interested in asking how and why malaria parasites have rhythms inside the mammalian host. She looks forward to some exciting and inspiring discussions about everyone’s research!


  Amy Munro-Faure

Amy studies cooperation in humans in real life contexts. Empseb 21 should be a really exciting opportunity for students from across Europe to foster the cross-disciplinary links and friendships that are part of what makes evolutionary science so fascinating. I really enjoy drawing, yoga and running in my spare time.





   Joshua Moatt 

Josh is part of the Walling lab and is interested in the effect of dietary restriction on a number of life-history traits. In particular he is exploring how macronutrient ratios and degree of restriction, affects the suggested longevity reproduction trade-off. His research uses first generation offspring of wild caught three-spine sticklebacks, Gasterosteus aculeatus. As a keen rugby player, Josh spends most of his free time training and playing for one of the local Edinburgh teams. 



  Natalia Pilakouta works on parental care and parent-offspring conflict in burying beetles. In her free time, she enjoys photography, baking, and hiking in the beautiful Scottish wilderness!






  James Westrip is really excited to be part of the organising committee for EMPSEB 21! He studies inter- and intra-specific communication in the southern Kalahari avian community, focussing in particular on the Southern Pied Babbler ( When he isn't in Africa he can be found wandering around the countryside with his binoculars trying to see some of the amazing wildlife in Scotland.



  Rebecca Watson

Becky is delighted to be part of the organising committe for EMPSEB 21! As a PhD student in the Nussey lab she studies the causes and consequences of immune variation in a wild population of Soay sheep. She looks forward to meeting you all for a great conference together!





 Gabriela Hajduk

Gabi works on a cooperatively breeding Australian passerine bird, the superb fairy-wren and is interested in exploring the dynamics of inbreeding and infidelity, as well as the relationship between the two. She also has a broader interest in the wildlife conservation, science communication and the challenges faced by minorities in science and academia. Always keen to learn more and find out what amazing things are being done by other scientists she is really looking forward to EMPSEB 21. In her free time she enjoys rock climbing, the outdoors, drawing and everything food-related (read: eating).



  Philip Birget

Phil works on the evolutionary ecology of malaria parasites, tackling questions related to parasite plasticity, decision making and optimal strategies. Though being temporarily confined to the lab and desk, he is an ecologist who likes to get his boots muddy. Before his PhD, he has mainly worked with birds, studying European migration patterns and bird malaria in the Camargue and the Andes. His non-biological hobbies include brewing beer, learning Russian, stand-up comedy and growing a moustache.



  Kara Dicks

Kara is working on understanding the evolutionary processes underlying variation at the major histocompatibility complex in a wild population of Soay sheep. An ecologist at heart, Kara enjoys getting out of the lab and visiting the islands of St. Kilda, where the Soay sheep live, to help with fieldwork and data collection. More broadly, her research interests lie in using genetic techniques to understand wild population demographics, conservation management decisions, wildlife forensics and ecological processes.



  Lisa Cooper

Lisa is a member of the Stone group and is looking to use genomic data to assess the population histories of Australian fig wasp communities. 






  Eileen Butterfield

A member of the Cunningham lab, Eileen's research examines the impact of parasitism on breeding success in seabirds and how this relates to the ability of individuals to respond to changing environmental conditions. Her work is primarily field-based which means she gets to roam around little Scottish islands watching seabirds all summer. Outside of academia, she devotes her time to rock climbing, mountain biking, and running.



  Edward Ivimey-Cook

Ed is currently researching how maternal age affects life history traits in numerous taxa including the burying beetle. In his free time he is a keen cricketer, photographer and reader. He looks forwward to hearing about everyone's research this September!





  Hannes Becher

Hannes is EMPSEB21's secret London committee member. Based at Queen Mary University of London, he is doing a PhD with Richard Nichols. Hannes is a trained botanist and cytogeneticist, but he decided to change subjects. His PhD is on hybridisation and sex chromosome evolution in the world's most amazing grasshopper species (and, beware, he is always eager to tell you about it). Check out if you like.