I am a Lecturer in Animal Biology in the School of Biology at the University of Leeds. My research interests cover the range of biological organisation from molecular genetics through to macroecology. Particular projects at present focus on urban aquatic biodiversity, the evolution of mimicry, and macroecology. More about my research interests can be found on the Research page.
The Hassall Lab has a fairly sprawling membership, with a number of students either core to the group and for whom Chris is a primary supervisor (Gio, Zak, Rob, James, Myrna, Oloyede) and a peripheral group for whom Chris is a secondary supervisor contributing particular skills and experience to the project (Sonja, Tom, Liz, Daniel). This makes the wider lab group highly diverse, but linked by the common themes of ecology and evolution.
Primary lab members
Rebecca Robertson (NERC DTP student, 2017-2021)
Oloyede Adekolurejo (TET-FUND PhD student, 2017-2020)
Myrna Barjau (CONACyT PhD student, 2017-20)
James Hunter (Industry-funded Masters By Research student, 2016-17)
Rob Williams (NERC DTP PhD student, 2015-19)
Zak Mitchell (NERC DTP PhD student, 2014-18)
Giovanna Villalobos (CONACyT PhD student, 2014-18)
Secondary lab members
Dr Elizabeth Morgan (NERC PhD student, 2013-17) - Liz worked on the the spatial foraging ecology and behaviour of sea birds (particularly the shags on the Farne Isles). Keith Hamer was Liz's primary supervisor.
A long list of former project students: David (body size and latitude), Nicole (urban ponds), Alex (schools and nature), Oliver (chemical defence), Ned (size and mimicry), Tom (relaxed selection), Andrew (imperfect mimicry), Milin (intelligence and attractiveness), Simon (beetle ecology), Denny (dragonflies and biodiversity), Jenny (evolution of mimicry), Alex (ladybird mimicry), Tom (phenology and mimicry), Lucy (death feigning), Jenny (small mammal movement), Sarah (butterfly conservation), Laura (butterfly conservation), Dan (invasive geckos), Andrew (urban ponds), Marie (butterfly conservation), Liz (butterfly conservation), Doug (hoverfly evolution), Alice (quarry ecology), Mel (urban butterflies), Chrissie (evolution of mimicry), Jane (poison dart frog mimicry), Isobel (insect reintroductions), Danielle (noise and behaviour in aquatic insects), Anna (damselfly polymorphisms), Lucy (pond biodiversity), Gary (snake mimicry), Calum (turtle nesting), Danny (thermal ecology), Imanol (freshwater ecology), Rochelle (ecological traps), Samuel (brown field site ecology), Stuart (dragonfly flight), Joe (glacial streams), Ellie (reptile ecology), Harry (biodiversity and wellbeing), Sarah (environmental attitudes), Sarah (stormwater pond biodiversity), Jennette (damselfly polymorphisms), Alice (urban green space), Emma (also urban green space), Blanca (arid ecology), Shannon (pond ecology), Kate (urban pollinators), Joel (lizard behaviour), Hannah (lizard biomechanics), Miguel (lizard parasites), Ben (science communication), Tessa (entomological education).