Uppsala group

Profile

I conducted my PhD at Imperial College and The Natural History Museum London between 2011 and 2015 under the supervision of Alfried Vogler. My work focused on the interactions between Bark beetles and their fungal associates. Using Illumina sequencing of ITS amplicons to characterise beetle mycobiota, I explored the biotic and abiotic drivers that govern fungal community richness and composition. After my PhD I carried out a British Ecological Society funded fellowship working for the Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology before taking up a post doc with Andres Baselga at the University of Santiago de Compostela. I worked on the Biodiversity, Biogeography and Conservation of Invertebrates project looking at Mollusc and Coleopteran genetic diversity across different spatial scales. I started my post doc here in the Spatial Foodweb Ecology Group with Tomas Roslin in October 2016.

Research

My current research aims to characterise multi-trophic food webs in Swedish agroecosystems. Key questions include predator feeding preferences, the use of semi-natural grassland by natural enemy species and the effect of disturbances on network structure. Using largely metabarcoding approaches I will conduct gut content analysis on predators to establish prey preferences. I am also interested in the microbial component of this system, both in terms of mutualistic microbial associates and of entomopathogenic microbes.

Profile

I graduated from my master program in 2014 from Uppsala University. After graduating, I had two years off from academia and worked with forest inventory at the Swedish national forest inventory. Later I started to work with biologically valuable pastures and grasslands at the county administrative board in Gävle. In 2016 I was accepted as a PhD-student at SLU in Uppsala with Tomas Roslin and Ayco Tack as my supervisors.

Research

In my PhD, I am studying spatial and temporal variation in a small subset of the oak insect community. The community consists of oak feeding leaf miners and gall wasps, and their greatest natural enemy – the parasitoid. I am especially interested to see how different temperatures affect the phenology of these insects, i.e. when they hatch in spring and how they hatch in relation to each other. Could it be that temperature shifts cause asynchrony between interacting species in the spring? Besides climate, I also aim to figure out how parasitoids are dispersing in the landscape. This information will allow me to make theoretical predictions of how top down forces are likely to vary in space, but also add valuable information of how insect food webs build up in space.

Other

On my spare time I like to be active. I often go out for a run in the forest or cross-country skiing when snow is available. I also like to watch hockey, where I am a passionate fan of Leksands IF.

Profile

I did my masters at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, with Daniel Stouffer, focused on theoretical food web ecology. Specifically, I investigated how the structure of food webs and the traits of the species within them influenced food web stability and response to different types of disturbance. Now I have moved to Sweden to start a PhD at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences with Tomas Roslin.

Research

My research focuses on food webs, and I am particularly interested in linking theory and empirical studies. For my PhD I am working on a collaborative project investigating food webs in agricultural systems, with the aim of improving biocontrol. My particular focus is understanding the relationship between species’ traits (e.g. how big they are, how fast they are, whether they have defenses or not) and whom they eat, with the aim of linking this to theoretical models predicting trophic interactions and resultant population dynamics between species.

Other

Having moved to Sweden, I am working on broadening my love affair with mountains to include outdoor activities more suited to a flatter environment. Luckily Sweden is well endowed with lakes, forests and coasts perfect for cycling, kayaking, trail running, etc!