Boris Berkhout

University of Leicester

Project

Parasite life cycles in changing environments: experimental and modelling approaches

Supervisors

Dr Iain Barber (Department of Biology, University of Leicester) Dr Andrey Morozov (Department of Mathematics, University of Leicester)

PhD Summary

Global temperatures are slowly, but steadily increasing. At some point this is likely to affect all living organisms. Although often small, parasites can play key roles in natural systems. However, they are often extremely sensitive to temperature changes. I will use lab experiments and mathematical models to evaluate long term effects of temperature change on the life cycle of a widespread fish parasite.

Previous Activity

I did my Master’s in Ecology and Evolution at the University of Amsterdam. After that I have been teaching several courses to undergrad students in biology and neuroscience. This included cell biology, lab training, statistics using R and mathematics.