Dr Jinlin Chen
My pronouns are she/her
As a researcher, I am interested in studying how biological communities will respond to global changes, such as climate change and habitat change. Throughout my PhD studies, I focused on the thermal response of different biological levels, including organisms, populations, and communities. I have applied this knowledge to better understand species distribution and coexistence. My research uses a highly versatile experimental system - rainforest Drosophila and their natural enemies, parasitoid wasps. This bi-trophic system with multiple hosts and parasitoid species enables me to examine the complexity of the direct and indirect biological effects of climate change.
Currently, I am continuing my research on this tropical insect system as a postdoctoral researcher. My new project aims to study the ecological and evolutionary impact of extreme temperature events. Over the next two years, I will be exploring if extreme temperature events will increase the resilience of biological communities or make them more vulnerable to the increasingly variable climate in the future. Additionally, I am collaborating on projects related to the evolutionary adaptation to variable thermal environments, the thermal ecology of parasitoids, and the role of endosymbiont/pathogen on host-parasitoid/parasite interactions. If you would like to learn more about my projects and study system, please feel free to contact me directly.