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Ecology and Conservation

 Emily Gilford

Emily Gilford

PhD Student

 Stella Turk Building F3.06


University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Penryn, TR10 9FE


Emily Gilford is a PhD student investigating the evolution of, and mechanisms involved in, stress responses. She is working under the supervision of Dr Bram Kuijper, Professor Stuart Townley and Dr Tim Fawcett at the University of Exeter, and Dr Sinead English at the University of Bristol.

Additional collaborators include Professor Tom Tregenza (the WildCrickets research group) while examining wild and laboratory populations of Gryllus campestris and Gryllus bimaculatus, and Professor Chris Bass (Insect Evolutionary Ecology research group) examining variations in gene expression during different stages of the stress response. 

Emily's research interests encompass stress and social behavior in animals, cognition in wild species, adaptation to environmental changes, and the influence of behavior and endocrine systems on their responses


  • 2021 - Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • 2020 - MSc in Evolutionary and Behavioural Ecology, University of Exeter, UK
  • 2019 - BSc Hons in Zoology, University of Exeter, UK


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PhD Project Title: How do animals cope with stress in different environments?

Supervisors: Dr Bram Kuijper, Professor Stuart Townley, Dr Tim Fawcett and Dr Sinead English

Funding Body: NERC GW4+

MSc Project Title: Do Bullies Benefit? Social network ties and task performance in Jackdaws.

Supervisor: Professor Alex Thornton and the Wild Cognition Research Group

BSc Project Title: Factors affecting observations of the European Hedgehog in gardens in the United Kingdom

Supervisor: Dr Kelly Moyes

More information on the BBC Discover Wildlife website

For more information about my research, visit my Researchgate profile and follow me on Twitter/X @emilygilford 

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