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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With broad interests that span the various disciplines within evolutionary biology and ecology, I am particularly interested in the ecological and evolutionary processes that drive species interactions – and vice versa.

 

The diversity and inherent complexity of tropical forests appeal to me especially, and I have over seven years of field experience in the Ecuadorian Amazon and the Andean cloud forest, as well as a smattering of experience in Malagasy littoral forest, Western-Mediterranean terrestrial habitats, and Polish primeval forest.

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Education

2016 - 2021 (expected) - PhD Ecological genetics of habitat-forming plants

Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom

2014 - BSc (Hons) Zoology with industrial experience

University of Manchester, United Kingdom

2009 - Batxillerat LOGSE Ciències naturals i de la salut

I.E.S. Joan Ramon Benaprés, Catalunya

Education

Work Experience

2019 - Associate Director

Timburi Cocha Research Station, Ecuador

2018 - 2019 - Teaching assistant & Webmaster

Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom

2016 - 2018 - Research assistant & Webmaster

Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom

2014 - 2016 - Research technician

University of Manchester, United Kingdom

2012 -2013; 2014 - 2019 - Researcher & Communications coordinator

Timburi Cocha Research Station, Ecuador (on- and off-site)

Work Experience

Teaching

Field course assistant, Tropical Ecology (Ecuador) - 2017, 2018, 2019

Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom

Field course assistant, Field techniques (Poland) - 2019

Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom

Teaching assistant, Research Design & Analysis - 2018-2019

Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom

Field course assistant, Tropical Ecology (Ecuador) - 2013, 2015, 2016

University of Manchester, United Kingdom

Field course assistant, Comparative and Adaptive Biology (Mallorca) - 2016

Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom

Undergraduate lectures - Terrestrial biodiversity techniques in the tropics; History of San José de Payamino; Conservation and communities; Bromeliads

Amphibian husbandry training for undergraduate and A-level students

University of Manchester, United Kingdom

Trained graduate teaching assistant for undergraduate laboratory practicals

University of Manchester, United Kingdom

Teaching

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