Head of the Laboratory of Experimental Ecology
Research Associate, University of Oxford
I am interested in ecology of interactions between insects and their parasites and in processes which structure complex natural networks of these interactions. I want to build a bridge between field community ecology and typical laboratory experiments with single interactions to allow deep mechanistic understanding of complex food webs.
Broadly, my research aims to understand the ecological and evolutionary processes that shape species interactions in complex biotic communities. I investigate antagonistic, mutualistic, and indirect species interactions using ecological networks with emphases on global change, biodiversity, and the role microorganisms play in shaping the structure and dynamics of ecological communities. I am currently a postdoctoral research in The Hrcek Lab investigating the influences of temperature and endosymbiotic bacteria on structuring a tropical Drosophila-parasitoid food web.
I am a parasitoid taxonomist and also an evolutionary biologist. My main interest is to investigate how species interactions impact their coevolutionary processes. In Jan's lab, I am focusing on identifying Australian Drosophila parasitoids. At the same time, I am involved with a project investigating how temperature influences the parasitism rate in different species of Drosophila.
My PhD focuses on the impact of temperature on host-parasitoid food webs, using Australian Drosophila and their parasitoids as a model system. I will investigate how host, parasitoid and endosymbiotic bacteria interactions structure the community in a climate change context using lab experiments and DNA metabarcoding methods.
Joel James Brown
My PhD focus is on the factors influencing interactions in our Drosophila-parasitoid food web. Specifically, I focus on how symbionts and temperature change can influence species interactions and ecology and the effects that this may have on the whole food web, using DNA metabarcoding methods. I am also involved in a project studying the microbiome of kissing bugs (Triatominae) with Dr Eva Novakova and the relationship between microbiome composition and their vectorial capacity. My broader interests include parasite ecology, herpetology and wildlife photography.
My main interest is in caterpillar – parasitoid interactions. I study composition of parasitoid community and parasitoid interactions with its hosts along altitudinal gradient in tropical rain forests of Papua New Guinea. I am also involved in project explaining latitudinal trends in global biodiversity of insects.
My task in Jan's lab is to assist colleagues with the practical aspects of their daily research. More specifically, I would like to introduce and maintain highly efficient system of Drosophila-parasitoid breeding and provide reliable molecular data to support the research in the lab. Apart from that, as a parasitologist I'm naturally interested in Drosophila parasites.
Molecular Lab Manager
I am interested in insect physiology and molecular ecology. I did a PhD in insect thermal physiology and then took up lab manager role in the molecular laboratory of the Department of Ecology. There I help students and colleagues with a wide range of molecular methods including DNA barcoding and metabarcoding, detection methods and population studies.
Owen Lewis, University of Oxford: field experiments with the Drosophila-parasitoid system
Charles Godfray, University of Oxford: Microbial symbiosis
Jon Bridle and Eleanor O'Brien, University of Bristol: population ecology of Drosophila birchii
Megan Higgie, James Cook University: fieldwork on Drosophila-parasitoid system
Alex Smith, University of Guelph: DNA barcoding
Scott Miller, Smithsonian Institution: Moth taxonomy, DNA barcoding
Donald Quicke, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand: Parasitoid taxonomy
Graham Stone, University of Edinburgh: Molecular ecology, DNA metabarcoding
Vojtech Novotny, Biology Centre CAS: Food web ecology, Papua New Guinea fieldwork
Vladimir Kostal, Biology Centre CAS: Insect physiology
David Boukal, Biology Centre CAS: ecological modelling
Phillip Staniczenko, SESYNC, University of Maryland, USA: network structure modelling
Matt Buffington, USDA: parasitic wasp taxonomy