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University of Cambridge
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    Dr David Willer

    Department of Zoology,
    The David Attenborough Building
    Pembroke Street
    CB2 3QZ

    Henslow Research Fellow in Zoology



    Degrees & Honours

    • PhD Zoology, University of Cambridge
    • BA & MA Natural Sciences (1st), University of Cambridge

    Research Interests

    David is an interdisciplinary scientist aiming to improve the health of our population and planet through innovations in sustainable nutritious seafood production. His current research focusses on developing mechanisms to improve production of and facilitate demand for one of the most sustainable and nutrient-rich foods on the planet - bivalve shellfish (clams, mussels, oysters). One exciting component is work enabling the growth of shell-less clams for food (Teredinidae) – clams that can grow to over a metre in length! His work also aims to identify mechanisms to increase consumer selection of bivalves in place of less sustainable foods. You may well see some new tasty seafood dishes being served in the Dome over the coming years.


    David grew up in Suffolk, although spent much of his early years wild camping in Scotland. He maintains a passion for fitness and the outdoors, competes in multisport and adventure races, and is a Health Coach and Mountain Leader. David enjoys supervising students and seeing them achieve their potential through research projects. He believes ‘effective research culture should promote breakthrough innovation, interdisciplinary collaboration, focussed on output with high societal benefit and researcher wellbeing as part of a vibrant scientific community.’