Mark Wong at the National Geographic Explorer’s Festival

Thursday, November 15th, 2018. Posted by Owen Lewis.

This week Mark joined twenty-four other National Geographic Explorers in Hong Kong for the Society’s very first Explorer’s Festival in Asia. Through a series of photography, filmmaking and speaking workshops, the Explorers learned to communicate science through compelling storytelling. At the end Mark presented his work on ants to National Geograpahic’s partners and students from the region. 

Congratulations Dr Chris Terry

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018. Posted by Owen Lewis.

Many congratulations to Chris Terry who has passed his DPhil viva. His examiners were Tim Coulson and Samraat Pawal.



Come and join us: recruiting for a 4-year research technician post

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018. Posted by Owen Lewis.

CERO is recruiting to a 4-year research technician post. The successful applicant will work on a project using DNA barcoding and metagenomics to document the food web interactions of the mosquitoes that transmit malaria. More details available here.

Welcome to Dave Hemprich-Bennett

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018. Posted by Owen Lewis.

Dave joins us fresh from his PhD at Queen Mary University of London to work on the mosquito food web project. His PhD work used DNA metabarcoding to study the diet and network ecology of insectivorous bats in different habitat types in Malaysian Borneo and to reconstruct trophic networks. This work formed part of the LOMBOK consortium‘s research investigating biodiversity and biogeochemistry in human-modified tropical forests.

To find out more, take a look at Dave’s personal web site or follow him on Twitter.

DPhil thesis submission time

Saturday, October 6th, 2018. Posted by Owen Lewis.

Many congratulations to Hitoshi (pictured), Chris and Harriet who have all submitted their theses during the past month!

Welcome to Jinlin and Jamal

Thursday, October 4th, 2018. Posted by Owen Lewis.


A warm welcome to new DPhil students Jinlin and Jamal who start in Oxford this week. You can find out more about their interests on the People pages.

Sofia moves to University of Reading

Monday, October 1st, 2018. Posted by Owen Lewis.

Many congratulations to Sofia Gripenberg who will move her Royal Society Fellowship to the University of Reading this month, in advance of taking up a Lectureship there. Fortunately, Sofia will remain a member of CERO and will be a regular presence in Zoology as a Senior Research Associate.

Job opportunity – Postdoctoral Researcher on Insect Food Webs

Friday, July 13th, 2018. Posted by Owen Lewis.

Come and join us. We are recruiting for a 6-Month postdoc in community ecology, studying climate change effects on tropical insect food webs. Closing date 15th August. See the ‘Opportunities’ page for further information.

CERO at the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation, Kuching, Malaysia

Sunday, July 8th, 2018. Posted by Owen Lewis.

We were well represented at the recent Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation, Kuching, Malaysia. Beth, Eleanor and Owen all gave talks, and we were able to get together with our British and Malaysian colleagues (see photo)  to celebrate the success of our Human Modified Tropical Forests research programme (LOMBOK) in nearby Sabah.  Visit the LOMBOK website to find out more about this work.

Welcome to Emily Warner – DPhil studying forest restoration

Friday, June 1st, 2018. Posted by Owen Lewis.

A warm welcome to Emily Warner whose DPhil is supervised by Owen Lewis, Andy Hector (Plant Sciences) and Nick Brown (Linacre College). Emily is funded as part of the NERC Environmental Research Doctoral Training Programme and will be researching the consequences of forest restoration for ecosystem functions and services, starting with a focus on the Caledonian forests of the Scottish Highlands.