Team

  • Etienne Low-Décarie I am a Lecturer at the University of Essex.  Through my research, I combine fundamental questions in ecology and evolution with pragmatic problems and applications in environmental sciences and biotechnology. I obtained my PhD in 2014 with Graham Bell and Gregor Fussmann at McGill University.  My PhD was interspersed with a working sabbatical as Project Scientist …

Graduate students

  • Amie L Parris, PhD student Amie is co-supervised with Tom Cameron.   I began my academic career at the University of Rhode Island (USA) earning a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology and a minor in Marine Affairs. My specialization included benthic macrofauna studies under the Coastal Ecology Laboratory within the URI Graduate School of Oceanography. Following my undergraduate course, I began my …
  • Brisneve Edullantes, PhD student I have a BSc degree in Biology (University of the Philippines Cebu, 2009) and a MEng degree in Marine Environmental Engineering (MMU, South Korea, 2012). I worked as a Biology instructor in the University of the Philippines Cebu (2012 – 2016) after I earned my masters degree.  My PhD is funded by the Faculty and REPS …
  • Ego Katkov, PhD Student, McGill University   I am currently looking at the effect of increasing CO2 levels in the atmosphere on communities of these organisms, which are at the base of aquatic ecosystems. I am using an experimental dock located on Lake Hertel in McGill University’s Gault Nature Reserve. The dock contains holes which accommodate 2500 L plastic bags that enclose parcels of the …
  • Natalie Ayriss, lab volunteer, MSc TMB student I undertook my BSc at the University of Essex in Biochemistry and then completed a PGCE in order to teach Biology and Chemistry up to A Level in UK schools. In am currently assisting Philipp Siegel in his research on phytoplankton communities by measuring the growth response of phytoplankton to temperature. I have also worked in the …
  • Jacob Pardew, MSc student I have recently graduated from the University of Essex after studying a 3 year BSc in Marine Biology. During my time at Essex I was involved with various positions including a peer mentor role helping  first year Marine Biology students and a frontrunner position under the supervision of Dr Etienne Low-Decarie. During my frontrunner position I worked …
  • Bethan Greenwood, PhD student Bethan is co-supervised with David Smith.   Following the completion of my BSc Marine Biology at Plymouth University in 2013, I spent a year working as Science Officer for a marine conservation NGO in the poorest region of Madagascar. I gained further experience as Laboratory Assistant and Aquarist at Royal Holloway University of London, before beginning the …
  • James Fox, PhD candidate https://www.essex.ac.uk/bs/staff/profile.aspx?ID=3518 My project aims to shed light on the extent at which phytoplankton productivity and physiological parameters change both temporally and spatially and further our understanding of how phytoplankton acclimation and adaptation drives changes in primary productivity in response to differing environmental conditions (e.g. nutrient availability, irradiance, mixing depth). Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in …
  • Philipp Siegel, PhD student Having completed my B.Sc. in Biology at Bremen University, I moved on to study a M.Sc. in Social-Ecological Resilience for Sustainable Development at the Stockholm Resilience Center. This sparked my interest in microbial community ecology and how environmental changes will shape assemblages of microbial organisms. My Ph.D. research focuses on how phytoplankton communities are influenced by …

Undergraduate students


Postdocs

  • Join the team as a post doctoral researcher   Interested in joining the lab as a post doc?  We can support your application to external funding. Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships Marie Curie Fellowships Newton Fellowships NERC Research Fellowships Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship … Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on …

Lab alumni

  • Amelia White, Undergraduate FrontRunner I am currently in my final year of BSc Marine Biology at University of Essex and taking part in the Global Change Biology Frontrunner Plus programme. During this programme so far, I have been involved with two projects. For one project, I am growing phytoplankton cultures over a temperature gradient and measured their light absorbance as …
  • Macarena Blanco Pimentel, MSc TMB I attended the University Autonoma of Madrid and Lund University (Sweden) as an Erasmus student, where I earned a BSc degree in Biology and developed a great interest in Marine Ecology.  Following graduation, I moved to the UK to study an MSc in Tropical Marine Biology. My research project aims to study the effects of increasing …
  • James Tannahill, MSc Biotech I graduated from Denison University (Ohio, USA) in 2015 with a BS in biochemistry before pursuing a certificate in biotechnology from The George Washington University (Washington, DC, USA). I am investigating a class of macroalgal-derived terpenes. My research aim is to characterize the anticancer activity of crude and fractionated extracts and to provide spectrographic evidence …
  • Elif Uytun, Frontrunner I have completed BSc. Biomedical Science degree at the University of Essex and during my final year, I had an opportunity to do the Biotechnical Evolution frontrunner programme. I was involved in two different research projects.  For one of the projects, I was responsible for mating various strains of Chlamydomonas organisms in different conditions to investigate the …
  • Neha Chaudhary, MSc On ResearchGate I am a MSc Biotechnology student at the University of Essex. I have an engineering degree in biotechnology from Indraprastha University (New Delhi, India). I feel that the field of biotechnology can bring us closer to finding answers to the challenging questions in natural science. In my current project, I aim to measure the heritability …
  • Rory Graham On ResearchGate   I am a MSc Tropical Marine Biology student at the Unveristy of Essex, with a BSc in Aquatic Zoology from the University of Hull. I enjoy combining science with recreational diving and believe this could be the future of many conservation efforts around the world. My current project is using tracking data from 2011-2013 of …

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