Tom Price

  • Senior Lecturer - University of Liverpool

Research interests

I am an evolutionary biologist working on how and why high temperatures cause sterility, and the impacts these losses have for conservation and food security.

My work has shown that males systematically lose fertility at lower than lethal temperatures across species. Incorporating measures of thermal fertility loss into models seems to substantially improve our ability to predict where organisms are found globally. So there is evidence that thermal fertility losses are a substantial threat in nature. As a result, high temperature losses of fertility may become a major factor in driving populations and species extinct. Fertility losses are also likely to have impacts on both livestock and aquaculture. I study the underlying physiology, the evolutionary response, and the ecological consequences of fertility losses.

I am a co-lead on a European Society for Evolutionary Biology funded network of biologists studying these questions across Europe.