Welcome to Biocoenosis, a blog aiming to cover a broad spectrum of ecology and allied subjects.
A biocoenosis is an assemblage of closely associated organisms living in a community, much akin to the contributors and, hopefully, the audience of this blog. Though the blog focuses on ecology and evolution, other subjects, such as philosophy, academia, and art, will be tangentially explored along the way.
I haunted Cardiff University for almost eleven years, first, to finish my Biology BSc in 2014, then an MRes in Biosciences in 2016 and finally a PhD in 2020. Much of my research focuses on trophic interactions, molecular ecology, community ecology and other tangents through entomology. My BBSRC-funded PhD involved bothering spiders in barley fields about their dietary needs, specifically looking at nutrient-specific foraging (the theory that animals choose their prey based on macronutrient content). I’m now constructing multi-layered ecological networks in oilseed rape crops and adjacent semi-natural habitats at Newcastle University.
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After graduating from Bangor University in 2016, I undertook an MSc in Entomology at Harper Adams University. I’m broadly interested in entomology, ecology, and evolution. I’m now studying for a NERC-funded PhD in invasive ant ecology at Cardiff University.
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