Dr Nicki Cook

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Dyers Brae 15
tel. 01334 463362

I am interested in the genetic mechanisms underlying sex allocation behaviour in the parasitoid wasp Nasonia vitripennis (Hymenoptera, Apocrita). This study will allow us to begin to unravel how the mechanisms underlying this fascinating behavioural trait are related to its evolution at the phenotypic level.

In addition, I have a background in conservation genetics and am particularly interested in the population biology of the graminivorous sawflies (Hymenoptera, Symphyta). My early research focused on analysing the genetic diversity in populations of the farmland sawfly Dolerus aeneus (below).



Cook, N, Boulton, R, Green, J, Trivedi, U, Tauber, E, Pannebakker, BA, Ritchie, MG & Shuker, DM 2018, 'Differential gene expression is not required for facultative sex allocation: a transcriptome analysis of brain tissue in the parasitoid wasp Nasonia vitripennis' Royal Society Open Science, vol. 5, 171718. DOI: 10.1098/rsos.171718
Boulton, RA, Cook, N, Green, J, Greenway, EV & Shuker, DM 2018, 'Sperm blocking is not a male adaptation to sperm competition in a parasitoid wasp' Behavioral Ecology, vol. 29, no. 1, pp. 253-263. DOI: 10.1093/beheco/arx156
Vigoder, FM, Parker, DJ, Cook, N, Tournière, O, Sneddon, T & Ritchie, MG 2016, 'Inducing cold-sensitivity in the frigophilic fly Drosophila montana by RNAi' PLoS One, vol. 11, no. 11, e0165724. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0165724
Cook, N, Green, J, Shuker, DM & Whitehorn, PR 2016, 'Exposure to the neonicotinoid imidacloprid disrupts sex allocation cue use during superparasitism in the parasitoid wasp Nasonia vitripennis' Ecological Entomology, vol. 41, no. 6, pp. 693-697. DOI: 10.1111/een.12344
Cook, N, Trivedi, U, Pannebakker, BA, Blaxter, M, Ritchie, MG, Tauber, E, Sneddon, T & Shuker, DM 2015, 'Oviposition but not sex allocation is associated with transcriptomic changes in females of the parasitoid wasp Nasonia vitripennis' G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics, vol. 5, no. 12, pp. 2885-2892. DOI: 10.1534/g3.115.021220
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Dr Nicki Cook
Dyers Brae
University of St Andrews
St Andrews
KY16 9TH

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