People

The Salgo Team is constituted by an interdisciplinary group of 3 postdocs, 5 PhD students (plus 9 externally advised), and 2 MSc students based at the University of Oxford, with partner (visiting) institutions at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (Germany), the Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science (Australia), iDiv (Germany), and Peking University (China), among others.

 

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Simran Aujla

Institution: University of Sheffield

Primary supervisor: Prof Mark Rees

Email: saujla1@sheffield.ac.uk

Twitter: @EvoEcoSim

His PhD combines field experiments, lab work, and structured population modeling to quantify the demography of carnivorous plants. He is investigating how vital rates within Drosera rotundifolia populations vary under different nitrogen deposition regimes, and incorporating spatial inter/intraspecific competition to population models of Drosophyllum lusitanicum.

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James Cant

Institution: University of Leeds, UK

Primary supervisor: Dr Maria Beger

Email: bsjic@leeds.ac.uk

Twitter: @I_CAN_actually

His PhD examines how local environments influence the demographics of different populations. He is focusing on the demographic strategies of marginal high latitude coral communities and how they compare with those of more prominent tropical reef systems, as well as on macroecological analyses of demographic resilience.

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Fiona Chung

Institution: University of Hull & University of Leeds

Primary supervisors: Dr Magnus Johnson & Dr Maria Beger

Email: f.chong-2019@hull.ac.uk

Twitter: @whowantsachong

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For her PhD, Fiona is exploring the spatio-temporal dynamics of subtropical coral populations, identifying demographic and functional traits that allow coral population persistence in high latitude marginal environments under climate change.

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Erik Kusch

Institution: University of Aarhus, Denmark

Primary supervisor: Dr Alejo Ordoñez

Email: erik.kusch@au.dk

Twitter: @KuschErik

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His PhD assesses the efficacy of different species-dependency network approaches using a multitude of data sets at different spatial extents and of varying data quality. This will lead to an improved understanding of extinction debt within and across trophic levels of species networks on local and global scales. Within his research, he focuses heavily on reproducibility through soft-coding and software development in the form of R Packages.

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Sam Levin

Institution: Martin Luther University & iDiv, Germany

Primary supervisor: Prof Tiffany Knight

Email: sam.levin@idiv.de

Twitter: @SamLevin5

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His PhD examines the environmental drivers of demography of an invasive succulent Carpobrotus edulis in eight countries around the globe. He is also developing new software to query demographic databases and build user-specified integral projection models.

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Laura Merritt

Institution: University of Reading and CEH, UK

Primary supervisor: Prof James Bullock

Email: l.e.a.merritt@pgr.reading.ac.uk

Twitter: @batsmad.

Her PhD uses modelling to investigate species range shifts under climate change. She is exploring selection of dispersal kernels for animal data based on behavioural and landscape traits.

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Courtenay Ray

Institution: University of California, Berkeley

Primary supervisor: Dr Ben Blonder

Email: caray@berkeley.edu

Twitter: @RattleBeary

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Her work explores how species interactions, dispersal, and environmental context shape community assembly outcomes. To address her questions, Courtenay uses demographic models, long-term population monitoring, and experimental approaches. Most of her work is with alpine plants and quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides) in the Rocky Mountains, Colorado. She also has active work in the Norwegian tundra and Sonoran Desert, Arizona.

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Simon Rolph

Institution: University of Sheffield, UK

Primary supervisor: Prof Dylan Childs

Email: srolph1@sheffield.ac.uk

Twitter: @simon_rolph

His PhD capitalises on comparative analyses of population models to provide insight into fundamental and applied questions about the nature of life history trade-offs and responses to environmental change. He is using the COMPADRE Plant Matrix Database alongside population modelling tools, integral projection models (IPMs) and matrix population models (MPMs), to produce simulated population models as an investigative framework for identifying best practices for comparative analyses.

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Gabriel Santos

Institution: Rio de Janeiro State University, Brazil

Primary supervisor: Dr Maja Kajin

Email: ssantos.gabriel@gmail.com

Twitter: @anycommonname

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His PhD includes the development of a framework based on second derivatives of population growth rate to test hypotheses on how animals respond to climate change, including demographic buffering and demographic lability.

Dr Ruth Archer: Previously at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Germany, where she was postdoctoral fellow in the Evolutionary Demography laboratory. Ruth worked part-time with Rob Salguero-Gómez on the development of the COMPADRE and COMPADRE databases. She is currently an associate research fellow at the University of Ulm, Germany.
 
Dr Steph Borrelle: Previously at Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand, where she carried out her PhD examining the effects of human-led stressors on population dynamics of birds. Currently a Smith Fellow at the University of Georgia.
 
Dr Pol Capdevila: Previously a Ramon Areces postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Zoology, where he examined the differences in life history strategies between aquatic and terrestrial species. Currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Bristol. Pol is still affiliated with us as a research associate of the Department of Zoology, Oxford.
 
Dr Jana Cela: Previously at University of Barcelona, Spain, where she was a lab tech supported by Rob's DECRA project "Is plant organization the secret of eternal youth?". She now works in the private sector.
 
Claudia Farack: Previously a student helper of COMPADRE and COMADRE  MSc student of Agricultural Sciences at the University of Rostock.
 
Dr Kevin Healy: Previously a postdoc on comparative animal demography co-advised with Yvonne Buckley. Currently an assistant professor at Ireland National University Galway.
 
Sharon Janssen: Previously a MSc student examining eco-evolutionary dynamics of mistletoes co-advised with Hans de Kroon. Currently a PhD student at the University of Ghent, Belgium.
 
Michał Jezierski: Previously an undergraduate research internt. Currently doing his PhD at the Department of Zoology, Oxford
 
Georgia Marshall: Previously at the University of Queensland, Australia, she did her honours thesis examining the predictive power of functional traits for population dynamics of Plantago lanceolata in various population of Queensland exerted to varying degrees of competition and abiotic stressors, co-advised with John Dwyer. Currently in an environmental consultant in Perth.
 
Dr Hendrik de Burh: Previously at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Germany, where he worked as a student helper of COMPADRE and COMADRE during 2013-2014. Currently, a Marie Curie fellow at UMC Utrecht.
 
Fränce Gottschalk: Previously at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Germany, where she was a MSc student of Demography at the University of Rostock. She worked as a student helper of COMPADRE and COMADRE during 2013-2016. Currently, working as a consultant lead at a firm in Germany.
 
Dr Tristan Lemke: Previously at Rostock University, Germany, where he completed his PhD thesis "Population dynamics of the plant species Trollius europaeus (Ranunculaceae) in response to land use and variation in pollination efficiency". Currently, working for the private consulting sector in Germany.
 
Dr Melanie Morales: Previously at the University of Barcelona, Spain, where she was a postdoc supported by Rob's DECRA project "Is plant organization the secret of eternal youth?". Currently, a postdoc at the University of the Balearic Islands, Spain.
 
Dr Maria Paniw: Previously at Cadiz University, Spain, where she completed her PhD thesis "Effects of fire on an endemic, carnivorous plant species: Drosophyllum lusitanicum (Drosophyllaceae)" co-advised with Fernando Ojeda. Until recently, a Juan de la Cierva fellow at CREAF, Spain. Now a Marie Curie fellow at the CSIC, Spain.
 
Abir Patwary: Previously a summer intern at University of Oxford. Currently completing his BSc in Biological Sciences at the University of Sheffield, UK.
 
Robert Penman: Previously a NERC DTP summer intern at University of Oxford. Currently completing his BSc in Physics at the University of Oxford, UK.
 
Gesa Römer: Previously at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Germany, where she was a Dual MEd student of Biology and German at the University of Rostock. She worked as a student helper of COMPADRE and COMADRE during 2012-2016. Currently, a PhD at Southern Denmark University.
 
Veronika Sommer: Previously a student helper of COMPADRE and COMADRE at the MPIDR. MSc student of Functional Plant Science at the University of Rostock.
 
Elisa Teichman: Previously a student helper of COMPADRE and COMADRE. Currently working at the Institute of Pharmacology & Toxicology at the University of Rostock, Germany. 
 
Dr Matthew Tye: Previously at the University of Central Florida, USA, where he completed his MSc thesis "Effects of habitat, climate and herbivores on the population dynamics of an endemic plant species: Liatris ohlingerae (Asteraceae)" co-advised with Pedro Quintana-Ascencio. Recently finished a PhD at Uppsala University, Sweden, and is currently working in the private sector.
 
Julia Wille: Previously a student helper of COMPADRE and COMPADRE at the MPIDR. MSc student of Demography at the University of Rostock. Currently working in the private sector.
 
Stefan Zeh: Previously at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Germany, where he completed a MSc in Demography at the University of Rostock. He worked as a student helper of COMPADRE and COMADRE during 2012-2015. Currently, he is a consultant in Berlin
 
Other past student helpers of COMPADRE and COMADRE include: Christoph Bein, Erik Brinks, Gabriela Cosma, Gabriel Hoppe, Christin Endert, Elizabeth McCuaig, Jens Runge, Henry Tai, Dr Bonnie Waring (Assistant Professor at Imperial College London), and Angela Zeh (MD PhD)