Supervised by Owen Lewis, Tom Bell (Imperial) and David Bass (NHM)
My research concerns the mechanisms that maintain biodiversity of heterotrophic, biflagellate protists (notably the glissomonads and cercomonads).
In particular, I have concentrated on how changes in prey community diversity affects protistan competitive interactions, and attempted to experimentally pin down a mechanism for a temporal storage effect.
I have also attempted to define and validate new approaches for determining functional groups of these relatively little studied organisms. I am now applying these new approaches to understanding how they structure bacterial prey communities and subsequently determine community functional output.