Theresa Wei Ying Ong

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Theresa Wei Ying Ong

Ph.D. Student

Office Location(s): 2077 Kraus Natural Science Building
Ong website

  • Fields of Study
    • Complex systems, theoretical ecology, agroecology, urban ecology, spatial ecology
  • About

    Theresa Wei Ying Ong, M.S. is a Ph.D. student at the University of Michigan studying ecology and evolutionary biology with John Vandermeer. Her scientific work has been published in Nature Communications, and in news outlets including Science Daily. Ong has helped to organize many political and scientific events on campus including the Climate Teach-In +50: End the War Against the Planet  for which she was quoted in  Michigan Today and the Ann Magazine, and the Early Career Scientists Symposium on Humans as a Force of Ecological and Evolutionary Change. She is a graduate of the Frontiers Master's Program, an initiative to diversify the field of ecology and evolutionary biology, and a proud member of Science for the People.


    John Vandermeer

    Research Interests

    Ong is broadly interested in theoretical agroecology, especially in the setting of urban gardens. Her work focuses on how biocomplexity influences the resilience of agricultural systems to both ecological and political perturbations.

    Academic Background

    M.S., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan
    B.A., Biology and Chinese, Williams College

  • Research Areas of Interest
    • Agroecology, theoretical ecology, urban agriculture