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Mhd Shadi Khudr

Mhd Shadi Khudr
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Biography

I obtained my BSc in Biological Sciences from Damascus University, Syria in 2002 followed by my postgraduate diploma in Zoology from the same university in 2003. I then completed my PhD at Manchester in 2012. I worked at The University of Manchester between 2012-2014 as a postdoc. In 2014, I was appointed a two-year visiting postdoctoral fellow at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.

I am an evolutionary ecologist working at crossroads of ecology, evolution, genetics and agronomy; with keen interest in the influence of genetic variation on and species interactions across GxG and GxGxE contexts.

A focus research has been on Community Genetics as a platform for ecological interactions, where a significant portion of the environment of a focal species is differentially defined by the expressed genomes of other interacting species. Using a quantitative genetic experimental design I have quantified a differential impact of a genotype on the behaviour of another hetero-specific genotype. As such, I provide some of the clearest evidence on the emergence of shared (extended) phenotypes between natural enemies liable to co-evolutionary arms-race. I am particularly interested in the interplay between ecological forces (such as competition between spatially separated organisms, parasitoidism and predation) and community genetic effects.

I also conducted research on epiphytic bromeliads and their associated faunal communities in the Meso-American tropics. Afterwards, I investigated the influence of varying levels of heavy metal pollution on the fitness and parental care in the burying beetle Nicrophorus vespilloides. Furthermore, I have worked on the co-evolutionary dynamics of intraguild interactions on mono- and multi-varietal backgrounds and in the light of soil-community feedback and ecological disturbance.

My current project aims to untangle the genetics and epigenetics components of plastic responses to an array of environmental stimuli in Daphnia. I predict that epigenetic differences induced by composite environmental cues may affect the reproductive success and behaviour of the Daphnia clone/s in question.

Publications

Khudr M.S., Guilbaud, C. S. E. and Preziosi, R. F. 2017. Host plant and competitor identity matter in genotype × genotype × environment interactions between vetch and pea aphids. Ecol Entomol. doi:10.1111/een.12418

Khudr, M.S., Potter, T., Rowntree, J.K., Preziosi, R.F. 2014. Intraspecific genetic effects versus competition effects in an agro-model pea aphid system. In Moya-Laraño, J., Rowntree, J.K., Woodward, G (Ed.), Advances in Ecological Research. 50:243-266.

Khudr, M. S., Oldekop, J., Shuker, D., R. F. Preziosi. 2013. Parasitoid wasps influence where aphids die via an inter-specific indirect genetic effect. Biology Letters. DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2012.1151

Zytynska, S. E., Khudr, M. S., Harris, E., and R. F. Preziosi. 2012. Genetic effects of tank-forming bromeliads on the associated invertebrate community in a tropical forest ecosystem. Oecologia, DOI: 10.1007/s00442-012-2310-3