Xaali O'Reilly Berkeley

PhD student at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.

Currently working on the genetics of plant-epibiont-invertebrate interactions. Specifically, I want to understand how genotypic diversity among habitat-forming plants influences their associated communities, starting with the microbes and invertebrates that live permanently or transiently on them.

The systems I am working with at the moment are epiphytic bromeliads and false-bird-of-paradise plants in the Amazon. Though very different, both types of plant provide sheltered habitats for a myriad of different organisms.

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