Meet the Student Team

Postgraduate Team:-

Aboli Vavle

Aboli is investing the preservation of textiles in the archaeological environment.

Twitter: abolivavle

Amy Burgess

My PhD focuses on invasive species and the pathogenic/parasitic organisms that might be hitch hiking with them. Using the demon shrimp (Dikerogammarus haemobaphes) as an invasion model we will assess the genetic diversity of Mininucleoviridae, a novel viral family across the UK and invasion zones across Europe. The outcome will hopefully provide a greater understanding of viral evolution in biological invasions, as well as a further understanding of the demon shrimp and its own pathobiome.

Freya Pellie

I’m a PhD student investigating the population recovery of harbour seals (Phoca vitulina) in the Tees Estuary – an area which experienced heavy industrialisation in the 1800s and 1900s. Despite being named for its resident seals, for nearly 100 years seals were absent from the polluted mudflats of Seal Sands, believed to be gone for good. The return of a breeding seal population to this area gives hope that other sites degraded by anthropogenic activity may also become sites of recovery.