Research projects

I carry out much of my work in Cusuco National Park, Honduras, with Operation Wallacea. This has involved collaboration with a number of different researchers from around the world. More details about the work in Cusuco can be found here.

My postdoctoral research involves developing methodologies for accurate and verifiable metagenetics for invertebrate community ecology, and disseminating these methods as part of the iBioGen consortium.

My PhD research involved developing and validating methods for studying the possible responses of tropical forest canopy arthropods to climate change using molecular ecology. My thesis contained several main strands.

  • Ground-truthing of global climate data as part of the design of a sampling method to sample over a gradient of current and possible future climate conditions in a tropical montane rain forest
  • Development and validation of a metabarcoding pipeline to generate reliable, valid and representative community data for bulk arthropod community samples
  • Development of a novel pipeline for wrapping bioinformatic processing of next-generation sequencing amplicon data for rapid use and parameter validation
  • Analyses of compositional and phylogenetic turnover in metabarcoded arthropod community data that show considerable future shifts in arthropod communities and significant risk of extinction to very understudied taxa.

As an undergraduate at Oxford University, I carried out two major pieces of work worth mentioning here. My research project was my first foray to Cusuco National Park, and examined resource utilisation and morphology of Scarabaeinae dung beetles. I also wrote a literature review/essay on the causes and impacts of Colony Collapse Disorder. More details here.

During my masters I undertook two theses. The first researches heterogeneity in the responses of species to climate change in the arctic using meta-analytical techniques. The second explores cross-taxonomic patterns in the responses of invertebrates to disturbance patches in Cusuco as part of my ongoing research in the region. More details here.

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