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Insect Ecology Group

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*** JOB VACANCY - POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATE ***

We are seeking applicants for a 10 month NERC-funded post-doc position in the Insect Ecology Group. The post will investigate the effects of the recent El Niño drought event in Southeast Asia on ecosystem processes within experimental oil palm plots, established as part of the  Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function in Tropical Agriculture (BEFTA) Project, based in Riau, Indonesia. The deadline for applications 9/12/16.

For more details about the project and how to apply see:

http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/12049/

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 Our research group studies the ecology of insects in their natural habitats – their biodiversity, behaviour and function in ecosystems. Work by several group members is currently focused on understanding patterns of biodiversity, and the roles played by insects in tropical rainforests in Southeast Asia. In this region large areas of forest have now been selectively logged or converted to oil palm plantation, and we also consider how insect communities are affected when natural habitats are changed.

Our current broad research questions include:

  • What processes determine species diversity and assemblages at local and regional scales within tropical forests?
  • How does species diversity affect ecosystem services, for example litter decomposition and biological control, in these areas?
  • How are these patterns and processes affected when natural forest is disturbed by logging activities and converted to oil palm plantation?
  • What strategies can be used to mitigate the impacts of habitat conversion, and make modified landscapes more wildlife-friendly?

Additional work by the group includes questions on behavioural ecology of insects - especially in the evolution of social behaviour in aphids and wasps, group-living, and intertidal insects. Members of the group also work on insect taxonomy, and collection management – making use of and looking after the Insect Collections of the University Museum of Zoology.

 

All Academic and Research Staff

Dr Henry Disney
Affiliated Researcher
Dr William Foster
Emeritus Curator of Insects
Dr Sarah Luke
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Dakota Marie Spear
M.Phil student
Dr Edgar Turner
Insect Ecology Group Leader

Support Staff

Russell Stebbings
Chief Technician (Insects)

Graduate Students

Matthew Hayes
MPhil Student
MSc Julie Hinsch
Ph.D student
Amelia Hood
PhD student