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Outreach Lecture, London Comprehensive 6th From Students

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I access representative at St Hugh's College, Oxford. I delivered this session with sixth form students in a North East London comprehensive school about studying biology at undergraduate, masters and doctoral levels. In the second half of the session, I delivered an activity on vector ecology.

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Outreach Lecture, London Comprehensive 6th From Students

  1. 1. STUDYING BIOLOGY Maisie Vollans
  2. 2. My experiences…
  3. 3. SECONDARY SCHOOL Walthamstow School for Girls Mossbourne Community Academy GCSEs: Triple Science Spanish History RE English Mathematics A levels: Biology Chemistry Physics EPQ AS level: Mathematics
  4. 4. BIOLOGY Undergraduate Degree, University of Oxford
  5. 5. Day in the life of a Biology Undergrad Time Activity 9:00 – 10:00 Lecture 10:00 – 13:00 Practical Class, e.g. dissection, biochemistry 14:00 – 15:00 Lecture 15:00 onwards Tutorial Prep / Tutorial Extra Curricular: - JCR Access and Outreach Representative - Rock climbing instructor - Rowing - Swimming - Cycling - Yoga
  6. 6. Undergraduate Degree • University Traditions • Laboratory Skills • Field courses • Quantitative Skills • Research Skills
  7. 7. • University Traditions • Laboratory Skills • Field courses • Quantitative Skills • Research Skills Undergraduate Degree
  8. 8. • University Traditions • Laboratory Skills • Field courses • Quantitative Skills • Research Skills Undergraduate Degree
  9. 9. • University Traditions • Laboratory Skills • Field courses • Quantitative Skills • Research Skills Undergraduate Degree
  10. 10. • University Traditions • Laboratory Skills • Field courses • Quantitative Skills • Research Skills Undergraduate Degree
  11. 11. TROPICAL FOREST ECOLOGY Masters of Research, Imperial College London
  12. 12. Day in the life of an MRes student Time Activity 9:00 – 10:00 Lecture 10:00 – 12:00 Practical Class 13:00 – 14:00 Lecture 14:00 – 16:00 Practical Class Time Activity 9:00 – 10:00 Reading research articles 11:00 – 12:00 Lab meeting 13:00 – 15:00 Writing up 15:00-18:00 Data analysis Taught Modules Research Extra Curricular: - President of Rock Climbing Society - Cycling - Yoga - GCSE Science Tutor
  13. 13. Master’s of Research • Field Course • Research • Fun • New Setting
  14. 14. • Field Course • Research • Fun • New Setting Master’s of Research
  15. 15. • Field Course • Research • Fun • New Setting Master’s of Research
  16. 16. • Field Course • Research • Fun • New Setting Master’s of Research
  17. 17. PhD INTERDISCIPLINARY BIOSCIENCE University of Oxford
  18. 18. Day in the life of a PhD student Taught Modules Research Time Activity 9:00 – 10:00 Lecture 10:00 – 12:00 Practical Class/ Project 13:00 – 14:00 Lecture 14:00 – 16:00 Practical Class/ Project Time Activity 9:00 – 10:00 Reading research articles 11:00 – 12:00 Supervisor/ One slide Meeting 13:00 – 15:00 Writing up 15:00-18:00 Data analysis Extra Curricular: - MCR Access and Outreach Representative - Rock climber for the University team - Acro-yoga
  19. 19. University of Oxford Doctoral Studies • Training Modules • Rotation Projects • Internship • Final PhD Project
  20. 20. Doctoral Studies • Training Modules • Rotation Projects • Internship • Final PhD Project
  21. 21. University of Oxford • Training Modules • Rotation Projects • Internship • Final PhD Project Doctoral Studies
  22. 22. University of Oxford Doctoral Studies • Training Modules • Rotation Projects • Internship • Final PhD Project
  23. 23. Undergraduate Course Requirements
  24. 24. • Grades: A*AA (A* in science or Maths) • Subjects: Biology or Chemistry AND Maths or Physics • Duration: 3 or 4 years • Admissions Tests: none Biological Sciences Requirements
  25. 25. Advice
  26. 26. • Work Experience • Summer Schools (e.g. UNIQ) • Public Lectures / Ted Talks • Exploring Surrounding Nature • Science Articles / Popular Science Books What you could be doing now
  27. 27. • Curious • Critical • Quantitative • Patient • Resilient • Observant Skills of a good scientist
  28. 28. Post-degree Life
  29. 29. ACADEMIA Research University Teaching, e.g. lecturing, tutorials, running lab practicals/ field trips How can you use a Biology degree? NON-ACADEMIA Public Health Sustainability Pharmaceuticals Civil Service Science Journalism Forensic Science
  30. 30. Questions?
  31. 31. ACTIVITY: vector ecology
  32. 32. • How the ecology of vectors of disease influences disease spread • For example, via - Species interactions - Abiotic environmental conditions What is vector ecology?
  33. 33. • How the ecology of vectors of disease influences disease spread • For example, via - Species interactions - Abiotic environmental conditions What is vector ecology? Christiansen-Jucht et al. 2014
  34. 34. Why is vector ecology important? • Examples: Malaria, Dengue, Zika Virus • Vector-borne diseases amount to 17% of all infectious diseases • They cause 700 000 deaths per year • The geographical range of many vectors is expanding WHO, 2020
  35. 35. EXAMPLE: influence of temp •Temperature influences the ecology of mosquito vectors. • Higher environmental temperature causes a decrease the likelihood of larval survival in the mosquito Anopheles gambiae Christiansen-Jucht et al. 2014
  36. 36. How can we use knowledge of disease ecology to prevent disease spread?
  37. 37. How can we use knowledge of disease ecology to prevent disease spread? Disease Ecology: how ecology influences disease spread. Hint, think about changing: 1. Species interactions 2. Abiotic environmental conditions
  38. 38. How could we test your idea (choose one)?
  39. 39. How could we test your idea (choose one)? Think about… 1. Hypothesis 2. Method 3. Experiment Design
  40. 40. • CRISPR-Cas9 technology • Release of genetically modified mosquitoes into the environment Use of mosquito Genetic Modification
  41. 41. How could you genetically modify a mosquito to prevent disease spread?
  42. 42. EXAMPLE: Sterile Insect Technique Friendly™ Technology, OXITEC • Type of GM mosquito • GM males released into wild populations • Results in sterile offspring
  43. 43. EXAMPLE: Sterile Insect Technique Friendly™ Technology, OXITEC
  44. 44. Modelling Mosquito Populations
  45. 45. Mathematical Ecology • Use ordinary differential equations to simulate mosquito populations • Allows you to predict the effect of changes in the environment on mosquito populations
  46. 46. EXAMPLE: mosqutio species interactions
  47. 47. EXAMPLE: mosqutio species interactions Looks very complicated!!
  48. 48. EXAMPLE: mosqutio species interactions • Actually, very simple concepts Change in mosquito population size = births – deaths • The parameters (the symbols and letters!) in the model refer to the processes that cause the births and deaths
  49. 49. What could cause mosquito deaths?
  50. 50. Questions? Feel free to ask me about Coronavirus!

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