BritInn Fellow Dr. Thomas Scheuerl from the Institute for Limnology, Mondsee, at the University of Innsbruck travelled to Oxford to work on a research project with colleagues at the University of Oxford, in September 2021.
Dr. Scheuerl is working on a very interesting ongoing project, which explores how complex bacterial communities evolve. A first part of this research project has already been published, but in order to push ahead with his research, Dr. Scheuerl met with Prof. Barraclough from the Department of Zoology at the University of Oxford. Prof. Barraclough is a leading expert in microbial community evolution and the two researchers used the time to discuss Dr. Scheuerl's recent findings. Together they analysed data, discussed new approaches and identified a list of 12 major tasks, which is supposed to result in a joint research paper in the upcoming months.
Moreover, Dr. Scheuerl met with other colleagues at the Department of Zoology as well as an interested PhD student who approached Dr. Scheuerl during his visit at the University of Oxford.
Unfortunately, the guest lecture was only held in front of a small audience, due to the Covid-19 regulations, but apart from that Dr. Scheuerl's research visit took place as planned. He said his stay at the University of Oxford was a great success and BritInn is happy that the first BritInn Fellowship to the UK took place after a long time of postponements.