Ramesh Wilson

Academic Profile

I graduated in 2021 with a BSc in Biology from Queen Mary, University of London. This was an exceptionally broad degree program, which allowed me to explore a range of interdisciplinary topics. My research interests are rooted in aquatic ecology and conservation. For my undergraduate research project, I conducted a meta-analysis of the biodiversity, threats and ecosystem services of saline lakes across every continent. I have also worked as a marine conservation and aquarium development intern with Field Studies Council (Millport), where I collected benthic organisms for self-developed exhibits that reflected the natural ecology and environment. Other projects I have worked on include the development of a mechanistic metacommunity model to predict the long term conservation value of a given site, in collaboration with QMUL researchers, and a recent assessment of non-carbon REDD+ impacts across developing countries, in collaboration with UNEP-WCMC and GFEP.

2020 & 2021 Fogg Prizes for outstanding Academic Achievement in the Biosciences (Queen Mary, University of London)
2020 Undergraduate Conference Scholarship (Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management).

Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Linacre College, Oxford.

Current Research

Marine seafloor habitats are extremely widespread and contributory to global carbon cycling, Yet, despite this, are relatively understudied with respect to ecosystem functioning. In addition, Antarctic habitats face endemic threats including exacerbated climatic effects and distinct seasonality. My intended project shall explore multiple stressor impacts on Antarctic benthic community ecology, to disentangle their interactive and potentially exacerbated effects on ecosystem functioning.

Key research questions:
1. How do the order, duration and frequency of stressors affect their overall ecological impact?
2. Do asynchronous stressors affect the ecosystem similarly to synchronous stressors?
3. Effect of stressors: absolute time vs. generational time
4. Does previous exposure to a stressor enhance future resilience?


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