Victoria Dominguez Almela

PhD student at Bournemouth University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Life and Environmental Sciences 

The impact of invasive species has resulted in large losses in the biodiversity of freshwater ecosystems. Predicting how climate change will affect the invasiveness of species could be essential for developing appropriate environmental management measures. This project will cover the study of the dispersal mechanisms of invasive species using individual based models. They are increasingly powerful tools for exploring ecological interactions in changing environments and within spatial and regulatory contexts. We aim to include the effects of climate change and the interactions between invasive and native species.

This research will be a first attempt to use those kinds of models for freshwater invasive fish species in England. They have not been applied yet to understanding how climate change and management interventions interact to affect the invasion probabilities of non-native fishes. It is a very exciting project and a fulfill challenge that I am so happy to undertake. It is still the beginning of the journey since I just started my PhD at Bournemouth University, but I will be very pleased of keeping you all updated with any advances during my research.

Research links: tbc

Supervisor: Professor Robert Britton

Kelly van Leeuwen

PhD student at Bournemouth University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Life and Environmental Sciences 

Kelly’s PhD study investigates the minimal landscape requirements and constraints for hominids (i.e. chimpanzees and early hominins) in order to determine how flexibly hominids can adapt to changing environments. This information can be used to identify the impacts of landscape changes on hominid behaviour, adaptation and survival, and to provide a framework for understanding the underlying reasons for adaptation and evolution of hominids in open habitats. Because it is difficult to observe an individual’s responses to present, past, and future landscape changes directly, Kelly’s PhD study will use an individual-based modelling approach based on hominid-habitat relationships from field studies. This approach allows individuals to virtually interact with different environments and different landscape change scenarios based on rules from published literature.

Research links: https://go-leap.wixsite.com/home/kvleeuwen-proj.

Supervisors: Professor Amanda Korstjens, Professor Ross Hill