How do ecological variables shape the temperament and stress response of animals? We are investigating the effects of predation pressure on the behavior and physiology of the tropical poeciliid fish Brachyrhaphis episcopi (Panamanian bishop) and Poecilia reticulata (guppy). This work involves the manipulation and measurement of variation both between and within populations. The project utilizes a variety of behavioural temperament tests, in the laboratory and in wild populations. It also involves fish breeding under controlled conditions, and uses measures of stress hormones.
Post-Doctoral Scholar, Pennsylvania State University, USA (2008-present)
Post-Doctoral Research Assistant, University of Bristol, UK (2006-2008)
PhD, University of Bristol, UK (2003-2006)
Leverhulme Trust Study Abroad Scholarship, La Trobe University, Australia (2000-2002)
Teaching Assistant, University of Wales, Bangor, UK (1999-2000)
MSc in Ecology, University of Wales, Bangor, UK (1998-1999)
BSc in Zoology, University Bristol, UK (1995-1998)
Archard, G. A., Cuthill, I. C., Partridge, J. C. & van Oosterhout, C. (2008) Female guppies (Poecilia reticulata) show no preference for conspecific chemosensory cues in the field or an artificial flow chamber. Behaviour, 145:1329-1346.
van Oosterhout, C., Mohammed, R. S., Hansen, H., Archard, G. A., McMullan, M., Weese, D. J., & Cable, J. (2007) Selection by parasites in spate conditions in wild Trinidadian guppies (Poecilia reticulata). International Journal of Parasitology, 37: 805-812.
Archard, G. A., Cuthill, I. C. & Partridge, J. C. (2006) Condition-dependent mate choice in the guppy: a role for food stress? Behaviour, 143: 1317-1340.
Archard, G. A., Robertson, R. J., Jones, D., Painter, J. & Clarke, M. F. (2006) Brooding behaviour in the bell miner. Emu, 106: 105-112.
Archard, G. A., Bohan, D. A., Hughes, L. & Wiltshire, C. W. (2004) Spatial sampling to detect slug abundance in arable field systems. Annals of Applied Biology, 145:165-173.