Monday 22 March 2021

2021 Programme

Here's the schedule for the first CEEC Rebellion Twitter Conference! We are very excited for CEEC PhD students, postdocs, Faculty, alumni and collaborators to share their fantastic research! To engage with the conference, simply follow #UEACEEC21 on Twitter, and follow @CEECRebellion for updates.


Thursday 11 March 2021

#UEACEEC21 Twitter Rebellion poster - designed by Natalia Zielonka

 We're getting excited about welcoming you to the first Twitter Rebellion in less than two weeks' time! Use #UEACEEC21 to tune in to lots of great Twitter presentations from CEEC students, Post-Docs, lecturers, collaborators, and alumni. It's sure to be a great day. 

Make sure to follow @CEECRebellion on Twitter for updates.

Wednesday 10 March 2021

#UEACEEC21 – meet the organisers!

The Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Conservation (CEEC) Rebellion is an informal student-run meeting which aims to bring together CEEC faculty, MSc, PhD students and Postdocs from across the University of East Anglia to present and discuss research in ecology and evolutionary biology. 

This year’s CEEC rebellion (#UEACEEC21) is on 24th March 2021 and will be hosted on Twitter, with presentations taking the form of a short Twitter thread. This means that, for the first time ever, we will have the chance to share our work, and celebrate the research of the CEEC, with a much wider research community. 

The Rebellion is being organised by the lovely committee of people below- please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions about the event. You can contact us by email or tweet us @CEECRebellion.

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Natalia ( is a 2nd year PhD student interested in bird communities within agricultural landscapes. She is currently working across Brazilian and British vineyards, trying to understand how bird communities change across working landscapes, and the functions that they take within farms to help inform bird conservation and sustainable fruit production. 

Sarah ( is a postdoc interested in host-microbe interactions within wild populations. She is currently using the Seychelles warbler as a study system to investigate how gut microbiome variation is linked to individual fitness and senescence.

Emily ( is a first year PhD student interested in phenotypic diversification and how this can ultimately lead to speciation. Emily’s project is looking to uncover the genetic mechanisms underpinning Müllerian mimicry in the Corydoras catfish.

George ( is a first year PhD student studying genetic rescue and the conservation of small populations. He is carrying out laboratory experiments using the model species Tribolium castaneum to investigate rescuing inbred populations. The results of these experiments will explore how genetic rescue may be employed in conservation situations.

Tuesday 12 March 2019

Say NO to plastic waste at #CEECRebellion2019!

We’ve decided to follow in the success of last year’s CEEC Rebellion, and say NO to plastic waste at #CEECRebellion2019!

This will involve last years ‘bake not buy’ policy, in addition to the usual bring your own tea/coffee mug. Plastic waste is a hot topic in the news, and we would like to continue to make CEEC Rebellion as plastic free as possible.

Hopefully this will be a fun and delicious way to highlight how we can cut back on single-use plastic!

If anyone is interested in joining in and providing some tasty goods to this year’s Rebellion, then please email one of the committee members and we will provide more details.

Friday 1 March 2019

CEEC Rebellion 2019 - poster designed by Kirsty Franklin

The theme for this year is Extinction Rebellion. Established in the UK in 2018, the Extinction Rebellion has grown into an international movement, aiming to avert climate breakdown, slow biodiversity loss and minimise ecological collapse through non-violent protest.

Learn more about the Extinction Rebellion here or follow their page on Twitter

Keep your eye out for more information about tickets sales soon!

Thursday 31 January 2019

Meet the 2019 CEEC Rebellion committee!

The 2019 CEEC Rebellion is almost upon us! UEA’s Centre for Ecology, Evolution & Conservation are holding a fun and informative two-day meeting to present some of the research carried out by its members. This year’s Rebellion is taking place on 21st-22nd March, and will include talks from current PhD and post-doctoral researchers, as well as plenary talks from internal and external faculty members.

The Rebellion this year is being brought to you by the committee members below - If you have any questions, comments or suggestions about the event, feel free to contact us in person, by email, or tweet us @CEECRebellion

Watch this space for more information about themes, tickets and the programme for the event.

Chris Butler (BIO)

Chris is a first year PhD student interested in the genetic processes that shape speciation. Chris is currently investigating the contribution that transposable elements may have had in the adaptive radiation of the Corydoras catfish.

Harry Ewing (BIO)

Harry is an ornithologist focused on researching the applied ecology and conservation of breeding waders. He is currently a first year PhD student, researching the causes of curlew declines in the UK and how to best to conserve important lowland populations.

Kirsty Franklin (BIO)

Kirsty is a first year PhD student interested in movement ecology and conservation. Her PhD is using a combination of spatial, genetic, demographic, and environmental data in order to investigate the drivers of ocean movement patterns in Round Island petrels.

 Jethro Gauld (ENV)

Jethro is a conservation ecology PhD Student interested in environmental change, movement ecology and alleviating anthropogenic pressures. Jethro’s project uses new GPS tracking technology to help target mitigation of renewable energy and power line installations to reduce the risk of collision and electrocution for birds. For more information please see his UEA profile:

Elie Kent (BIO)

Elie is another first year PhD student, looking at how genomic tools can be used to study plant-pollinator interactions, specifically bees and berries. By using next generation sequencing, she hopes to find out more about bee foraging be(e)haviour in agricultural landscapes than current methodologies allow.

Jenny Livesey (BIO)

Jenny is an entomologist who is currently in the first year of her PhD. Her research looks into the occurrence and resolution of social conflict within colonies of bumble bees. Jenny’s research combines both observational and genetic data to determine the roles dominance and policing play in maintaining social stability.

Enya O’Reilly (BIO)

Enya is a first year PhD student whose research looks into Pan-European biodiversity indicators specifically bird species and pollinators across varied habitats. The aim of her project is to generate improved methods of choosing indicator species based on species’ habitat reliance, niche space and functional role. This approach will aim to accurately reflect ever-changing community biodiversity under continued anthropogenic pressures.

Kris Sales (BIO)

Kris is an evolutionary ecologist primarily interested in how selection, like climate change, shapes reproduction, behaviour and lifespan. In his PhD project “Putting the heat on insect reproduction” he used controlled experiments on laboratory populations of flour beetles. He explored how and why heatwaves impact reproduction, and if there were consequences for long term adaptation or transgenerational effects. He currently working in a project looking at the transgenerational costs of lifespan extension in nematodes. He can be found at and @KrisSales1992.

Professor Jenny Gill (BIO)