ESEB Student Representatives

2020 – 2021

Ronan O’Sullivan

Ronan O'Sullivan

Ronan is a 4th year PhD researcher based at the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences in University College Cork, Ireland. He uses quantitative genetics and statistical modelling to determine how genetics and ecology interact in free-living populations of salmonids. He is particularly interested in applying quantitative genetics to data-poor systems to understand the limits of such theoretical application.


2018 – 2020

Ben Auxier

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Ben is a first year PhD student at Wageningen University studying the genetic basis of how fungal individuals are defined, and the evolutionary consequences when these definitions break down. Ben is originally from Vancouver, Canada, and lives in the Netherlands with his wife and two cats.


2018 – 2019

Katarina Matvijev

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Katarina is a PhD student at the Department of Evolutionary Biology and Ecology at the Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, studying ecological and evolutionary differentiation in the tropical African genus Staudtia. Her PhD aims to determine the number of species in Staudtia, their morphological and phenological differences, the presence of possible reproductive barriers, and rates and patterns of introgression.