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Organisms and environment

Find out more about our Danau Girang Field Centre in Malaysia

Organisms and Environment research aims to understand how organisms and their environment interact, including the fundamental biology, ecological health and consequences of environmental change on biological diversity to understand interventions that could support conservation in a period of global change.

Research areas

Our Organisms and Environment research focuses on three specific areas:

  • Global change and resource resilience – exploring the effect of climate change, and other processes driven by man, on organisms and ecosystems.
  • Conservation and evolution – to elucidate how disease, parasitism and habitat loss affect species survival.
  • Understanding microbiomes and parasites – addressing the challenges of understanding how microbiomes interact with their hosts to drive both health and disease.

Collaborations

This area of research is multidisciplinary in nature and the division has strong links with research groups across the sciences and social sciences, as well as direct links with University Research Institutes. This includes:

  • Water Research Institute
  • Sustainable Places Research Institute
  • Data Innovation Institute
  • Danau Girang Field Centre in Sabah, Malaysia.

This division also has strong external affiliations with the Environment Agency and British Ecological Society, as well as multiple charities and non-government organisations.

Fellowship and PhD applications

We welcome approaches by potential fellowship applicants whose interests map onto the divisional research areas.

We also welcome applications from PhD students with research interests that fit our strategic areas.

Please contact BIOSI-Research@cardiff.ac.uk for more information.

Staff members

NameArea of interest
Professor Andy Weightman - Head of DivisionGenetic adaptation of microbes to environmental challenges, sub-surface molecular microbiology, molecular systematics and metagenomics.
Dr Hefin Jones - Deputy Head of DivisionCommunity ecology, climate change, entomology, microbial/soil ecology.
Dr Cedric BergerHost-pathogen interactions, molecular and cellular microbiology.
Dr Colin BerryEnzyme targets for antiparasitic drugs. Insecticidal protein toxins from Bacillus species.
Dr Kelly BéruBéToxicogenomics of airborne pollutants.
Professor Lynne BoddyFungal community ecology, forest pathology, use of neural networks in species identification.
Professor Michael W. Bruford Molecular ecology, conservation biology, adaptation.
Professor Jo Cable - Divisional Postgraduate TutorHost-parasite interactions, molecular and behavioural ecology.
Dr Elizabeth ChadwickCardiff University Otter Project.
Dr Lu ChengLongitudinal data analysis, Alternative splicing from single cell RNA-seq, Motif discovery, Clustering large amounts of DNA sequences
Dr Tom ConnorPopulation genomics of bacterial pathogens, bioinformatics and translational microbiology.
Dr Isabelle DuranceEcosystem ecology, landscape ecology, sustainability.
Dr Nuno FerreiraEnvironmental Toxicology: use of ‘omics’ to understand the impact of emergent contaminants
Dr Benoit GoossensMolecular evolution, molecular ecology and behavioural ecology.
Dr Sian GriffithsFish biology, behavioural ecology.
Dr Frank HailerMolecular ecology. Evolutionary genetics. Conservation biology. Phylogeography. Hybridization. Mammals, birds.
Dr Rhys JonesHerpetology.
Professor Peter KilleHeavy metal stress, metallobiology, eco-toxico-genomics.
Dr Joanne LelloCo-infection biology, host pathogen relationships, community ecology.
Professor David LloydEukaryotic microbiology, control of energy metabolism; oscillations, rhythms and clocks.
Professor Esh Mahenthiralingam Bacterial infectious diseases and molecular microbiology.
Professor Julian MarchesiMicrobiology of the gut, bioactive agents from marine sponges.
Dr Carsten MüllerChemical ecology, environmental chemistry, waste management.
Professor Steve OrmerodRiver catchment ecology and avian biology.
Dr Pablo Orozco ter WengelGenomics, adaptation, conservation.
Dr Anna Paziewska-Harris 
Dr Sarah PerkinsEcology of wildlife diseases, network science, real-time dynamics of infections using reporters, invasive species of ecology.
Dr Peter RandersonLandscape ecology.
Dr Isa-Rita RussoLandscape genetics/genomics and conservation genetics
Dr Julia Sanchez VilasEcology and evolution of plant sexual systems, sexual dimorphism, cost of reproduction, plant responses to stress, plant ecophysiology, plant population dynamics.
Professor Bill SymondsonCommunity ecology, predator prey relationships, pest management.
Dr Rob ThomasAvian behaviour, ecosystems and climate.
Dr Ian VaughanCommunity and freshwater ecology