Funded by the China Scholarship Council
Supervised by Owen Lewis
I am interested in population dynamics, species interactions and the impact of anthropogenic activities on ecological processes and functioning. During my undergraduate studies, I explored my research interests broadly, including Drosophila neuroscience, metabarcoding, biodiversity and mathematical modeling. Now I am particularly fascinated by insect systems, for their great potential to enable manipulative experiments testing fundamental principles in community ecology. In my DPhil, I will examine how biotic interactions work together with abiotic factors in determining population dynamics and the structure of host-parasitoid food webs. This work will use an interdisciplinary approach combining field data, laboratory experiments and computer simulations.
*Terry, J.C., *Chen, J. & Lewis, O.T. (2021). Natural enemies have inconsistent impacts on the coexistence of competing species. Journal of Animal Ecology, DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.13534.
*joint first authors