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Natalie Pilakouta

Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Glasgow

I have broad interests in evolutionary and behavioural ecology, with a general focus on reproductive behaviour, phenotypic plasticity, and adaptation to environmental change. I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at University of Glasgow, working with Kevin Parsons, Neil Metcalfe, Shaun Killen, and Jan Lindstrom on a project using Icelandic three-spined sticklebacks. As a part of this work, I am conducting field studies and multi-generational laboratory experiments to understand the behavioural, morphological, and physiological changes that occur in response to contrasting thermal environments (Icelandic hot springs and cold lakes).

In August 2018 I published a new paper in Proceedings of the Royal Society B on biparental care in burying beetles.

Postdoctoral Research Associate (2018–)
Postdoctoral Research Assistant (2016–2018)
Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health, and Comparative Medicine
University of Glasgow, UK

Doctor of Philosophy (2013–2016)
Institute of Evolutionary Biology
University of Edinburgh, UK

Master of Science (2010–2012)
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Yale University, USA

Bachelor of Science (2006–2010)
Department of Environmental Science and Biology
State University of New York at Brockport, USA


  • 2016–present
    Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Glasgow


  • 2016 
    University of Edinburgh, PhD
  • 2012 
    Yale University, MSc
  • 2010 
    State University of New York at Brockport, BSc

Professional Memberships

  • Associate Fellow, Higher Education Academy