Patch Thongthaisong

Hi, My name is Patch. I’m 26 years old and working as a PhD student in the Ecological Modeling group at the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), department of Experimental Limnology located in Neuglobsow, Germany. I have been started my PhD at the institute since last September, and I’m going to register to be a PhD student at University of Potsdam, Germany. My background is theoretical and applied mathematics (B.Sc. and M.Sc.). So, I hope I will learn and understand more and fast the concept of consumer-resource interaction by attending this course, because now I’m interested by equations but lacking a biological concept. My research focuses on the system of a resource, zooplankton, inedible and edible phytoplankton, and parasitic fungi assumed that they can parasitize only inedible phytoplankton. Some evidences show that the fungi zoospore probably is a rich nutrition resource for zooplankton. Thus, we stated our assumption that the strength of trophic link between zooplankton and parasite can control the behavior of the system. Therefore, my main question is to investigate the conditions for strong or weak interactions between them. I will include traits of parasitic resistance and feeding preference in my model to see how evolution affects the system as well.

In my free time, I enjoy cycling, eating, and walking around the city to see people, trendy fashion, as well as culture.

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