University of Aberdeen
Current Position Senior Lecturer
Previous Position Group leader, Uni Lausanne, Switzerland
Telephone +44 79 40340132
Departments School of Biological Sciences
Quadrat Core Themes Biodiversity
Methods I Use Bio / Geo / Chemical Analytical


Key Research Interests

  • Sources of variation in animal life history diversity, with a strong emphasis on the rate of ageing
  • Roles of mitochondrial function, oxidative stress and telomere dynamics in shaping life history trajectories
  • Short‐ and long‐term effects of environmental conditions encountered early in life
  • Adaptive value of personality and cognitive traits in response to environmental changes
  • Effects of persistent organic pollutants on the physiology and fitness of wild animals
  • Mainly using wild bird populations as study systems; access to long‐term datasets on Alpine swifts

Recent Key Papers

  • Stier A., Romestaing C., Schull Q., Lefol E., Robin J.‐P., Roussel D., Bize P. 2017. How to measure mitochondrial function in birds using red blood cells: a case study in the king penguin and perspectives in ecology and evolution. Methods in Ecology & Evolution, 8, 1172‐1182.
  • Cauchard L., Angers B., Boogert N.J., Lenarth M., Bize P.*, Doligez B.* 2017. An experimental test of a causal link between problem‐solving performance and reproductive success in wild great tits. Frontiers in Ecology & Evolution, 5, 107.*shared senior authorship
  • Criscuolo F., Zahn S., Bize P. 2017. Offspring telomere length in the long lived Alpine swift is negatively related to the age of their biological father and foster mother. Biology letters, 13, 20170188

Summary Title of Current Studentships

  • Exploring he impact and adaptation to social and environmental stress in the king penguin
  • What makes some species highly invasive? An experimental study in the major crop pest Arionid slugs
  • Effects of early and adult environment conditions on the biology of long‐lived species: testing the predictive adaptive response hypothesis
  • QUADRAT DTP, Francesca Gray: Flying sentinels: using a long-distance migratory bird to assess exposure to POPs over two continents and their health consequences