Thomas Creedy is an interdisciplinary PhD student, formally of the department of Life Sciences and based in the Vogler Lab at the Natural History Museum, but also working with the Aerial Robotics Laboratory, Aeronautical Engineering. His PhD research is primarily funded by the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment, with fieldwork supported by the Natural History Museum and Operation Wallacea.
Thomas's PhD research the study of the response of invertebrates in the canopies of tropical rainforests to climate change. This is a challenging ecosystem to study, in part because of the inaccessibility of the habitat, and in part because of the sheer quantity and diversity of invertebrate life present in the tropical forest canopy. As such, much of the PhD involves the development and implementation of novel methodologies, in particular aerial robotics for ecological and environmental canopy surveying, and next-generation bulk mitogenomic sequencing techiques for rapid invertebrate identification.
The ecological part of the PhD investigates the distribution of invertebrate species and functional groups within the canopy in relation to microhabitat and microclimate, and how the species and function groups within the canopy are in turn affected by external climate, with a view to predicting how these important communities might be affect by future climate change. The fieldwork for this research is carried out in Cusuco National Park, Honduras, a tropical montane cloud forest.
Thomas is also involved with the Biodiversity Initiative at the Natural History Museum, undertaking fieldwork in French Guiana and Honduras and assisting with logistics and ecological analysis.
Thomas holds an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from Merton College, University of Oxford, and a masters in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Research from Silwood Park campus of Imperial College London. His previous and current other research includes Scarabaeinae dung beetle community ecology, and arctic climate change research.
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