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David Willer

David Willer

PhD Student

Room 3.01 David Attenborough Building
Office Phone: 07549988517


I am part of a team in the Department of Zoology carrying out quality applied research for the University of Cambridge and Cambridge Conservation Initiative to help ensure global food security without compromising the natural environment.

My PhD aims to improve output and sustainability in commercial shellfish production using novel microencapsulated diets. I am also working on a collaborative project with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

My background includes research work over a 5-year period in biological and environmental sciences. Projects have ranged from metagenomics and laser photosynthetic analysis with the Department of Plant Sciences, to special initiatives assessing biotic responses to climate change with the British Antarctic Survey. I hold a 1st class degree and the Sylvia Haslam prize from the University of Cambridge in Plant Sciences.

I have a keen interest in outdoor pursuits and passion for improving human performance, health and wellbeing.


Key Publications

Willer D, Aldridge DC. 2017 Microencapsulated diets to improve bivalve shellfish aquaculture. R. Soc. open sci. 4: 171142.

Fitch, A., Orland, C., Willer, D., Emilson, E.J.S., Tanentzap, A.J., 2018. Feasting on terrestrial organic matter: dining in a dark lake changes microbial decomposition. Glob. Chang. Biol. doi:10.1111/gcb.14391