Doctoral students

Luke McClean

BSc (Queens, Belfast)


Luke was born and grew up in Northern Ireland. After completing his undergraduate degree in Zoology locally at Queens University Belfast, he spent the 3 years working on bird projects across five continents. He is now undertaking a masters at the Fitzpatrick Institute, supervised by Prof. Claire Spottiswoode, and co-supervised by Dr. Nick Horrocks of the University of Cambridge. Luke performs his field work in Southern Zambia, investigating the adaptations that have arisen due to coevolution in a brood parasitic system, the honeyguides. Luke is supported by a Study Abroad studentship from The Leverhulme Trust and a NRF research grant. 


Coevolution in a little-known family of brood-parasitic birds: The Honeyguides