Paddy Brock has now left ZSL.
- 2008–2012: PhD Student, Institute of Zoology & University of Leeds.
- 2007–2008: MRes Systematics, Imperial College & Natural History Museum.
- 2005–2007: Biology Teacher, Bedford School.
- 2002–2005: BA Biological Sciences, Oxford University.
I'm interested in describing and analysing immunity from an ecological perspective. Immunity can be costly and may compete with other life-history traits for resources. Understanding the nature and plasticity of such trade-offs is of particular relevance to the Galapagos sea lion, which is simultaneously threatened by a fluctuating food supply and disease transfer from domestic dogs. These threats may interact within individuals through a trade-off between investment in immune responses and energy stores. In this case, pathogen pressure could affect sensitivity to starvation and food availability could affect the chances of a disease outbreak.
My previous work includes: mtDNA analysis of diving beetles (Dytiscidae) to gauge the influence of habitat diversity on their radiation; the use of nuclear markers to assess the potential contribution of the dried fungi collection at Kew Gardens to GenBank; an analysis of rates of cranial evolution in ground squirrels (Xerinae) in the context of phylogeny; and a study of the ontogeny and adaptation of the colouration of an Amazonian toad (Bufo typhonius).
Brock, P. M., Hall, A. J., Goodman, S. J., Cruz, M. and Acevedo-Whitehouse, K. (2012) Applying the tools of ecological immunology to conservation: a test case in the Galapagos sea lion. Animal Conservation. Article published online: 26 JUN 2012. DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-1795.2012.00567.x
Brock, P. M., Döring, H. & Bidartondo, M. I. (2009) How to know unknown fungi: the role of a herbarium. New Phytologist 181: 719-724. DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2008.02703.x