Prof William O.C. Symondson - PhD
- Examining the responses of carabid predators to many prey simultaneously using molecular gut analyses plus spatial network analyses (with Rothamsted Reasearch - project finished but papers still being published).
- A phylogenetic analysis of common earthworm species revealing extraordinary levels of cryptic diversity, plus development of molecular markers for different lineages/species of earthworm to track predation on them by invertebrate and vertebrate predators.
- Analysis of interception by predators of vibrational sexual communication signals between planthoppers and confirmation of predation in the field using molecular diagnostics (with the National Institute of Biology, Ljubljana).
- Competition between an alien shrew and a rare skink in Mauritius analysed using NGS (with Durrell Wildlife).
- Analysis of the diets of bats in European and tropical habitats using NGS.
- Analysis of food webs in farmland: a) in rivers running through intensive vs. extensive farming systems; b) exploitation of patchy landscapes by farmland birds (with BTO).
I have a particular interest in slugs and their natural enemies. Advice on slug control in the garden.
- Dr Victoria San Andres (Spanish Government Fellowship, working on intraguild predation)
- Dr Meta Virant-Doberlet (from the National Institute of Biology, Ljubljana, working on interception and exploitation of intraspecific vibrational communication between insects by generalist predators and on possible hybrid speciation in Aphrodes leafhoppers)
- Prof Josep Pinol (on sabbatical from the University of Barcelona, working here on analysis of predation by spiders and carabids in cereal fields using next generation sequencing)
- Dr Elizabeth Clare (funded by a Canadian fellowship, working here on developing next generation sequencing of prey DNA in tropical bat faeces)
- Ms Azniza Mahyudin (“Analysis of the population genetics and diets of cave-roosting bats in Sabah”)
- Ms Caitlin Pearson (“Impacts of agricultural land use or river ecosystem functioning, as mediated through trophic interactions”)
- Ms Silke Waap (“DNA barcoding in a remote marine environment”, analysing the diets of sea birds using next generation sequencing)
- Ms Frauke Krueger (visitor from University of Kiel, working on the diets of Myotis bats in Germany)
- Ms Jennifer Stockdale (Using environmental genomics to track habitat use by birds exploiting heterogeneous landscapes)
Grant Awarding Bodies
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Natural Environment Research Council
British Trust for Ornithology
Funding for other recent research:
Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Countryside Council for Wales
Current and Recent Collaborations
Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust
Centre for Genomics Research, Liverpool University
National Institute of Biology, Ljubljana, Slovenia
University of Bergen, Norway
University of Technology Darmstadt, Germany
University of Barcelona, Spain
University of Kiel, Germany
Federal Biological Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry (BBA), Braunschweig, Germany
University of Kentucky
United States Department of Agriculture
National Museum of Wales, Cardiff
University of Bristol
Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust
Institute of Arable Crops Research, Rothamsted