About Jesus College/Our community/ People
Dr Bry Wilson

Roles and subjects

Lecturer in Biology



Academic Background

I studied for a B. Sc. (Dual Honours) in Microbiology and Biotechnology at the University of Sheffield, before undertaking a Ph. D. in Environmental Microbiology at the University of Kent at Canterbury. Since then, I have held various research and teaching positions in the Republic of Ireland, France, Australia, Singapore, Norway and Svalbard.

Undergraduate Teaching

I focus on biological diversity, evolution and symbiosis, and bring an especially personal marine biological skew to those particularly pertinent and contemporary subject areas.

Graduate Teaching

Graduate teaching areas would include ecological genomics and bioinformatics.

Research Interests

I’m a tropical and coldwater marine biologist and bioinformatician, working towards a better understanding of the effects of accelerating climate change on oceanic biological systems, and in particular coral reefs, and am seldom happier than when I’m floating out on – or beneath the water of – the remote open seas. In recent years, this research has taken me to some extraordinary locations, and immediately prior to my position here at Oxford, I was based at the University in Bergen in the fjordlands of Western Norway, where my work focused on the impacts of the thawing ice caps on the marine biodiversity of the deep dark ocean waters around the Svalbard Archipelago. As a member of University’s Zoology Department, I undertake fieldwork in the Chagos Archipelago in the Central Indian Ocean, one of the world’s most remote coral reef systems, studying the resilience and recovery of the reefs there, and searching for the world’s rarest coral, the critically endangered and endemic Chagos brain coral, Ctenella chagius. When back on terra firma, I’m usually to be found at the John Krebs Field Station in Wytham, and am currently building the University’s first dedicated coral reef aquarium room there.



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See also Dr Wilson’s departmental website.