Rebecca Chen

Rebecca Chen
Bielefeld University · Animal Behaviour Work Group

Master of Science
PhD Candidate at Bielefeld University

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Introduction
My fundamental motivation for conducting research in ecology and evolution is my drive to contribute to conserving the planet and its fascinating biodiversity. Over the course of my education, my research interests have ranged from (applied) ethology, cognitive biology, and primatology to behavioural genetics and epigenetics. Specifically, my current projects focus on understanding genetic influences on DNA methylation, and the epigenetic role of sexual trait expression in black grouse.
Additional affiliations
January 2021 - July 2021
Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW)
Position
  • Intern
Description
  • Internship investigating intergenerational effects on DNA methylation in the great tit.
August 2020 - August 2020
Linköping University
Position
  • Research Assistant
Description
  • Internship building onto my MSc thesis project, studying the genetic underpinnings of anxiety in feral chickens in the Wright Lab.
June 2018 - July 2022
Field Projects International
Position
  • Field Manager
Description
  • Contributing to primate sensory ecology projects, investigating tri-chromatic advantages in foraging behaviour and olfactory communication in relation to dispersal behaviour in two species of free-ranging New World monkeys.
Education
August 2018 - May 2020
Linköping University
Field of study
June 2017 - June 2017
Utrecht University
Field of study
August 2014 - June 2018

Publications

Publications (3)
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Much debate surrounds the importance of top-down and bottom-up effects in the Southern Ocean, where the harvesting of over two million whales in the mid twentieth century is thought to have produced a massive surplus of Antarctic krill. This excess of krill may have allowed populations of other predators, such as seals and penguins, to increase, a...

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Projects (3)
Project
Understanding the impact of hunting on genetic diversity, inbreeding and dispersal on a metapopulation of black grouse in Central Finland.
Project
Former internship at Kees van Oers's lab at the NIOO-KNAW where I contributed to ongoing research investigating intergenerational epigenetic inheritance in the great tit. Continued research.
Project
For my PhD project at the Hoffman lab, I will use various state-of-the-art sequencing techniques to unravel the genetic architecture of multiple sexually selected traits using the lekking black grouse (Lyrurus tetrix) as a model species. Moreover, I will explore the effects of inbreeding depression on sexual trait expression, and the role of DNA methylation as a link between the two. This interdisciplinary project is in collaboration with Carl Soulsbury (Lincoln University, UK) and Kees van Oers (NIOO-KNAW, the Netherlands).