Klara Wanelik

Postdoctoral Research Associate


Contact Information

Email: kwanelik@liverpool.ac.uk



I am a postdoc working to understand why individuals vary in their response to infection, in a natural population of field voles in Kielder Forest, Northumberland. This is a NERC-funded project involving the University of Liverpool, University of Salford and University of Nottingham, with implications for human and veterinary health, as well as wildlife conservation.

My PhD research focused on the interactions between host spatial structure and tick-borne virus dynamics in a population of common guillemots on the Isle of May, Scotland.

My general research interests lie in disease ecology, and particularly in the interface between ecology and immunology. While I spend the majority of my time conducting advanced data analyses, I am always eager to get out to the field. I enjoy working with a diverse range of field systems, using multidisciplinary approaches, and applying my research to real-world problems.

As a young woman in ecology, I have an interest in the role of women in STEM. I also have an interest in science policy and science communication. I recently completed a NERC Policy Internship at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) and worked on a short project with Prof Lord John Krebs on food-related topics. I also have experience of engaging with the public about science. 


Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, Deep-Sea Mining, POSTnote 508. tinyurl.com/POST508

 Wanelik KM, Azis A, Cheyne SM (2013) Note-, phrase- and song-specific acoustic variables contributing to the individuality of male duet song in the Bornean southern gibbon (Hylobates albibarbis).Primates. 54: 159-170. DOI: 10.1007/s10329-012-0338-y