Natalie Bright

MBiol Student

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Supervised by Owen Lewis, Jinlin Chen and Chris Terry

Research Interests

My main research interest is in the impact of anthropogenic activity on biodiversity, with a particular focus on insects. Throughout my undergraduate studies in Oxford, I have endeavoured to explore this broad topic, with my MBiol research project aiming to investigate how climate change will impact host-parasitoid interactions. To address this, I will carry out laboratory experiments, using Drosophila as a model system, and simulation modelling, to predict population dynamics. In addition, I aim to characterise the potential influence of transgenerational effects, an area currently underrepresented in the literature. Overall, this project will increase understanding of how tightly coupled trophic systems respond to changing temperature variance regimes, something that has important implications for biodiversity as species responses are highly interdependent.