Congratulations, Mairenn and Luke

Nov 26, 2020

African cuckoo

Mairenn Attwood successfully passed her MPhil viva at the University of Cambridge, defending her thesis entitled “Angry birds: does it pay a cuckoo to parasitise a highly aggressive host?”, and Luke McClean successfully passed his PhD at the University of Cape Town entitled “Coevolution between brood-parasitic honeyguides and their hosts”. Congratulations Mairenn, congratulations Dr McClean! Thank you to all five thesis examiners for their insights, and to the field team that enabled both research projects. Mairenn will return to Cambridge and Zambia in 2021 to start her PhD on further fascinating aspects of fork-tailed drongos’ defences against their enemies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tanmay Dixit awarded PhD and starting Junior Research Fellowship

Tanmay’s PhD, entitled “Signatures and forgeries: optimality in a coevolutionary arms race” was awarded with no corrections. Huge thanks to collaborators and colleagues who were instrumental to this work, and to examiners James Herbert-Read and Graeme Ruxton. Tanmay will remain on the team and continue conducting fieldwork in Choma as part of the Junior Research fellowship that he is starting at Jesus College, Cambridge.

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