Hello, I am Hannah Rowland. I head the Predators and Prey Research Group at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecologyy. I studied Zoology at the University of Liverpool. After my Ph.D. I worked as a Postdoc with Mike Speed and Johanna Mappes at the University of Jyväskylä (Finland), and with Graeme Ruxton at the University of Glasgow (UK). I’ve also held visiting scientist fellowships at the National Wildlife Research Center in Colorado (USA), and Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia (USA). From 2011-2017 I worked at the University of Cambridge (UK) where I was first a Junior Research Fellow, and then a University Lecturer in Ecology and Evolution.
My group researchs the evolution and chemical ecology of aposematic defences. I work with both predators and prey to understand the optimisation of aposematism: great tits (Parus major), domestic chickens (Gallus gallus domesticus), monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus), and cabbage white caterpillars (Pieris brassicae). I hope to be adding some more characters to that mix over the coming years. I am especially interested in the selective pressures that lead to variable defences, e.g. resource allocation trade-offs, phenotypic plasticity, competition, parasitism and mutualism, and predation risk. I often find myself thinking "who eats wasps?" - maybe you have an idea? Do get in touch to let me know what you think!
The little 'helper' on my shoulder is a nestling great tit (parus major).