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 Owen Wright

Owen Wright

PhD Student

 Washington Singer Room 103

 

Washington Singer Laboratories, University of Exeter, Perry Road, Prince of Wales Road, Exeter, EX4 4QG, UK

Overview

I studied zoology at Cardiff University where I gained a range of research experience and developed an interest in emerging infectious diseases and animal behaviour. During my time at Cardiff, I worked on the host-parasite interactions and behaviour of guppies (Poecilia reticulata) and Gyrodactylid parasites, Drosophila behaviour, and conservation genetics of the endangered mountain chicken frog (Leptodactylus fallax). I also completed a placement year at the Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London where I screened for and characterised infectious diseases of herpetofauna.

To continue my research into animal behaviour and infectious disease I am undertaking a PhD project focusing on the behaviour and health of honeybees in the Asian tropics. Supervised by Dr. Natalie Hempel de Ibarra and Dr. Lena Bayer-Wilfert, and co-supervised by Dr. Hema Somanathan (IISER Thiruvananthapuram), this interdisciplinary and international project will seek to understand the foraging behaviour and disease ecology of honeybees in India.

Broad Research specialisms

  • Animal behaviour
  • Behavioural ecology
  • Host-parasite interactions
  • Disease ecology
  • Wildlife epidemiology

Qualifications

B.Sc. (Hons) Zoology with a Professional Training Year, Cardiff University (2017)

Research

Research projects

Project Title: The behaviour and health of honeybees in the Asian Tropics

Supervisors: Dr. Natalie Hempel de Ibarra; Dr. Lena Bayer-Wilfert

Co-supervisors: Dr. Hema Somanathan (IISER Thiruvananthapuram)

Funding Body: BBSRC SWBio DTP

Project Description:

Crop production in the Asian tropics depends critically on pollination services provided by bees, including several species of honeybees. Yet very little is still known about the role of disease on their ecology and behaviour, in contrast to the well-studied Western honeybees. I will combine behavioural and molecular biological methods in a comparative approach to gain a deeper understanding of the foraging behaviour and disease biology of managed honeybees in the tropical areas of South India.      

Publications

Franklinos, L.H.V, Lorch, J.M., Bohuski, E., Rodriguez-Ramos Fernandez, J., Wright, O.N., Fitzpatrick, L., Petrovan, S., et al. (2017). Emerging fungal pathogen Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola in wild European snakes. Scientific Reports 7:3844. Free Full Text.

Price, S.J., Wadia, A., Wright, O.N., Leung, W.T.M., Cunningham, A.A. and Lawson, B. (2017). Screening of a long-term sample set reveals two Ranavirus lineages in British herpetofauna. PLOS ONE 12:e0184768. Free Full Text.

Teaching

Supervision / Group

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