Prof. Kayla King

Phone: +44 186 528 1988

I am Professor of Evolutionary Ecology and European Research Council Starting Investigator at the University of Oxford. I hold a Tutorial Fellowship in Biology at Christ Church College.


For a complete list of publications, please refer to the Publications page.


2021-2022       Visiting Professor, Biodiversity Research Centre, UBC

                           International Scholar, Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, UBC

2019-present   Professor of Evolutionary Ecology, University of Oxford

2013-2019       Associate Professor in Parasite Biology, University of Oxford

                           Tutorial Fellow in Biology, Christ Church College

2012-2013       Royal Society Newton Fellow, University of Liverpool

2011-2012       NERC Post-doctoral Researcher, University of Liverpool


2006-2011     PhD. Indiana University, USA

‘Relationship between host-parasite coevolution and genetic diversity in natural snail populations’ (Funded by NSERC PGS-D, Supervised by Prof CM Lively)


2004-2006     MSc. Concordia University, Canada

‘Parasite communities of leopard frogs from wetland habitats impacted by agriculture’ (Funded by NSERC PGS-M, Supervised by Profs DJ Marcogliese and JD McLaughlin)


2001-2004     BSc. Zoology. University of British Columbia, Canada                              (Mentored by Prof D Schluter)

Grants and Fellowships

2022    Natural Environment Research Council Standard Grant ‘Host-parasite          coadaptation in a warming world’ (PI King, Co-PI Barraclough, Richards, Bebber, 36 months, £750,000)

2021    NERC Standard Grant ‘Tempo and mode of evolutionary dynamics in wild bacterial communities’ (Co-I King, PI Barraclough, 36 months, £845,000)

2019    Christ Church Research Centre Grant ‘Protection in the wild: can bacteria shape animal responses to disease?’ (PI King, 6 months, £28,780)

2018    European Research Council Starting Grant ‘COEVOPRO: Drivers and
consequences of coevolution in a protective symbiosis’ (PI King, 60 months, €1.5 million)

             Oxford University MPLS Returning Carer’s Fund (PI King, 6 months, £5,000)

2017    Wellcome Trust ISSF Grant ‘Establishing an animal-microbiota model’ (PI King, 18 months, £99,790)

             Philip Leverhulme Prize ‘Evolution of host resistance to coinfection’ (PI King, 36 months, £100,000)

2015    Leverhulme Research Project Grant ‘Transitions to defensive mutualism: an experimental coevolution approach’ (PI King, £227,000)

             Oxford University MPLS Returning Carer’s Fund (PI King, 6 months, £5,000)

2014    Oxford John Fell Fund ‘Protective bacteria: an evolving gut microbiome’ (PI King, 18 months, £93,000)

             Royal Society Project Grant ‘Can gut microbiota drive parasite evolution?’ (PI King, 18 months, £13,000)

             British Ecological Society Small Grant ‘Do gut microbiota impact snail-trematode coevolution? (PI King, 18 months, £5,000)

2012    Royal Society Newton International Fellowship ‘Coinfection and coevolution: an experimental evolution approach’ (PI King, 24 months, £105,000)

2011    NERC ‘Beyond the Red Queen: are elevated parasite evolutionary rates driven by host shifts?’ (Co-I King, PI Greg Hurst-Liverpool, 36 months, £560,000) 


2022     Zoological Society of London Scientific Medal                                                                                  Canadian Society of Zoologists R.A. Wardle Medal 

2021     Peter Wall Institute International Visiting Scholar Fellowship

2020     Linnean Society of London Bicentenary Medal

2018     Philip Leverhulme Prize for Biological Sciences

2017     Oxford University Student’s Union Outstanding Graduate Supervisor Award

2013     American Society of Naturalists Jasper Loftus-Hills Young Investigator Prize

Prior to 2013: 
ThinkSwiss Research Award
Indiana University College of Arts & Science Award
METACyt Molecular Evolution Award                                                                                            NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship – PhD                        
Canadian Society of Zoology Murray Fallis Prize
American Society of Parasitologists Prize                                                                                    NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship – Masters                                                                    NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award
University of British Columbia Scholar
Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal

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