George SUBMITS!!!!

Momentous day for the BEER group today as George Cunningham submitted his PhD thesis. George’s thesis, entitled “Degrees of change: effects of climate on the evolutionary ecology of phenology and sex determination in a viviparous lizard” took a multifaceted approach to understanding the ecological and evolutionary consequences of plasticity in two key phenotypic traits; phenology and sex. This included a huge amount of field work, lab experiments, molecular work and sophisticated statistical and theoretical models. George already has three chapters from this thesis published with two more super high quality papers in the final stages of preparation. George is going to spend his new found freedom bringing another kind of baby into the world and we wait with baited breath to find out which one causes him the most trouble. But for now HUGE congratulations George on a fantastic thesis and a wonderful four years spent in the lab. Below is the photo Georges choose to mark this occasion…