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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre SouthamptonPostgraduate study

Mr Connor Tyler BSc Biology (Hons)

Postgraduate research student (SPITFIRE)

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Mr Connor Tyler is a postgraduate research student within Biological Sciences, at the University of Southampton.

Following on from his undergraduate dissertation, investigating control methods of invasive fruit flies, Connor is now undertaking a PhD in a similar field, concerning the control of a devastating insect pest species, and is continuing this work alongside his original supervisor.

Throughout being an undergraduate, modules have helped provide the experiences needed to aid in his work in plant and food security research such as the Belize tropical ecology field course.

Connor is also an avid herpetologist and enjoys keeping animals as well as helping out at events including, volunteering as a first aider.

Academic Qualifications
2018-present: PhD in Ocean and Earth sciences (based within the Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences), University of Southampton, UK
2015-2018: BSc Biology (Hons), University of Southampton, UK

Research interests

I am interested in the interactions between organisms and how they affect both each other and the world around us, including human life. I look forward to the chances to investigate such across a range of scales, from whole ecosystems to competition between two species and from the microscopic to global levels.

My current research focuses on the interaction between Plutella xylostella and Brassicaceae species and there rhythms, in the aim of controlling the pest species through natural means and reduce it’s multi-billion dollar impact on the world.

Research project: Harnessing natural plant defence pathways to control Diamondback moth (Plutella xylostella)


Dr Herman Wijnen
Dr Haruko Okamoto

Research group

Plants and Food Security

UoS Responsilities:

2018-present: Reptile handler at workshops
2016-2017: Biological Sciences Society Education Officer
2016-2017: Biological Sciences Academic Representative

Professional Responsibilities:

2017-present: St John Ambulance Service first aider

Mr Connor Tyler
School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences
Life Sciences Building 85
University of Southampton
Highfield Campus
SO17 1BJ

Room Number : 85/4041

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