Professor Robby Stoks will be the guest presenter for the School of Biological Sciences Friday research seminar series.
Professor Robby Stoks is Head of the Section Ecology, Evolution & Conservation Biology at KU Leuven in Belgium.
His research team is situated at the interplay between ecology and evolution and can be summarised as 'stress ecology'. They study how animals deal with and adapt to natural and anthropogenic stressors with recent emphasis on global warming and pollution. Special attention goes to an intergrated and mechanistic understanding of responses to single and combined stressors going from the subcellular level up to the level of whole-organism perfomance and fitness. The emphasis on mechanistic underpinnings allows the implementation of bottom-up approaches examining ecological consequences at the population, community and ecosystems levels. By combining comprisons between genotypes, populations and species we integrate these stress-ecological questions in a micro and macro evolutionary framework.