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    Meet our team of leading academics in ecology and evolutionary biology

Leaders in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

The School of Biological Sciences is home to world-renowned experts in ecology and evolutionary biology.

Academic staff

Name Position and responsibilities  Research interests
Dr Phil Baker Lecturer

Vertebrate Conservation

Ecology

Professor Amanda Callaghan

Professor of Zoology

Curator of the Cole Museum of Zoology

Applied Ecology, Aquatic Ecotoxicology, Entomology, mosquito biology, museum related research and pedagogic research

Ecology

Dr Alastair Culham Associate Professor of Botany Evolutionary responses to climate change, Plant Phylogeny, Plant and Fungal Taxonomy, DNA barcoding & molecular markers.

Evolution

Professor Mark Fellowes Professor of Ecology 

 Urban ecology, human-wildlife interactions, bird conservation, leopard conservation, insect predators and parasitoids, tritrophic systems, ant mutualisms

Ecology

Dr Manuela Gonzalez-Suarez Lecturer in Ecological Modelling

Loss of biodiversity

Ecology

Dr Paul Hatcher

Biological Control, insect conservation, Lepidoptera, Coleoptera, IPM, weeds, Rumex, grasslands

Ecology

Professor Julie Hawkins

Head of Division,

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Plant Evolution, Plant Conservation, Plant DNA certification, Taxonomy, Wildlife trade and conservation, Molecular phylogenetics

Evolution

Dr Graham Holloway Associate Professor

Applied ecology, field and stored products entomology, ornithology, landscape ecology

Ecology

Dr Louise Johnson Director of Admissions

Evolution, genetics, intragenomic conflict, genomics, levels of selection, genetic systems, cancer evolution

Evolution

Dr Andrew Meade

Lecturer in Computational biology research 

Phylogentic inference, Comparative methods, Computational biology and High performance computing

Evolution

Dr Jonathan Mitchley Associate Professor in Field Botany

Grassland biodiversity, ecology and ecological habitat restoration, plant blindness and how to inspire young people with plants and botany, 3-D video and virtual reality for botanical teaching and learning

Ecology
Professor Tom Oliver Research Division Leader, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Biodiversity: interactions between land use & climate change, spatiotemporal indicators & ecosystem services, the resilience of ecosystem functions

Ecology
Professor Mark Pagel Professor of Evolutionary Biology

Evolution, computational biology, language evolution, phylogeny, Markov chain Monte Carlo

Evolution

Dr Brian Pickles Lecturer in Ecology

Assisted migration, Plant-fungal symbioses, Spatial ecology

Ecology

Dr Alejandra Perotti Associate Professor

Ectoparasitic lice and mites of primates: using Pediculus lice as proxies of hosts' evolution. Ancient DNA of ectoparasites (lice and mites) and the DNA of their extinct hosts. Mites of medical and veterinary importance, whole organism biology and evolution. Forensic acarology: the utility of mites (Acari) in forensic investigations, crime case reports and research. Mites of economic importance, whole organism biology and biology of interactions between mites with other arthropods (e.g. Bumblebees) and with bacteria (e.g. Wolbachia). Sex ratio distorters (e.g. Rickettsia, Wolbachia) and their asexual arthropod hosts.

Evolution 

Dr Colin Prescott   Director of Vertebrate Pests Unit

Applied Ecology; ecologically based rodent management; physiological resistance to the anticoagulant rodenticides, and their impact on non-target species

Ecology

Professor Declan Schroeder

Environmental Microbiology (virology)

Biomedical Sciences
Professor Richard Sibly Professor

Individual-Based Models (IBMs) in Population Ecology;

Using Approximate Bayesian Computation to evaluate IBMs

Metabolic Ecology

Dr Chris Venditti Associate Professor in Evolutionary Biology

Phylogenetic inference and comparative methods, Speciation, Adaptation and Rates of Evolution

Evolution

Dr Richard Walters Lecturer

Evolutionary Ecology and Adaptation to Climate Change

Evolution

Teaching Fellows/Associates/Assistants

Name Position and responsibilities Research interests
Dr Joanna Bagniewska Teaching Fellow Ecology and Evolution
Alexander Dean

Graduate Teaching Assistant

(PhD Studentships)

Mycorrhizae, Plant-Soil interactions, Ecosystem function and nutrient cycling

Ecology and Evolution

Chris Foster Teaching Associate  Landscape ecology, insect conservation and ornithology
Chanida Fung

Graduate Teaching Assistant

(PhD Studentships)
Ecology and Evolution
Dr Renee Lee

Teaching Fellow,

Director of Placements

Ecology and Evolution
Lindsey Thompson  Teaching Fellow Ecology and Evolution

Independent career fellows

Name Position and responsibilities  Interests
Dr Jo Baker Research Fellow

Macroevolution and natural selection; Comparative phylogenetic methods

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Dr Sofia Gripenberg Royal Society Research Fellow

Species interactions, population and community dynamics, evolutionary ecology, tropical ecology

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Dr Alice Johnston Research Fellow

Individual-Based Models (IBMs) in Population Ecology;

Using Approximate Bayesian Computation to evaluate IBMs

Ecology
Dr Yolanda Melero  Research Fellow Landscape ecology, land-use climate interactions, population dynamics, community ecology

Postdoctorate Research Fellows/ Associates/ Assistants

Name Position and responsibilities Research interests
Dr Catia Antunes Research Associate  Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 
Dr Glyn Barrett

Research Fellow

Teaching Fellow

Molecular Microbiology,  marine ecology and conservation
Dr Emma Gardner Research Associate  
Dr Alice Johnston   Research Fellow

Individual-Based Models (IBMs) in Population Ecology;

Using Approximate Bayesian Computation to evaluate IBMs

Ecology

Dr Tara Pirie  Research Fellow

Animal behaviour

Ecology

Dr Mojgan Rabiey Research Associate Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Emeritus and Visiting Professors

Name Position and responsibilities  Research interests 

Professor John Barnett

(Emeritus)
 

Professor Nick Battey

(Emeritus)
   

Professor Vernon Heywood

(Emeritus)
  Biodiversity assessment and conservation, plant taxonomy and systematics, conservation of crop wild relatives, species recovery techniques, codes of conduct for alien invasive species, Mediterranean plant life, developing roles of botanic gardens

Professor Philip John

(Emeritus)
  Production of natural indigo; phytochemical analysis of food and beverages
Professor Sir Ghillean Prance  Visiting Professor  

Professor Helmut van Emden

(Emeritus Professor of Horticulture)
 

Insect-plant relationships from plant communities to individual plant phenotypes.

GM crops and resistance to crop pests.

Artificial diet for aphids.

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Honorary Research Fellows/Visiting Lecturers

Name Position and responsibilities Research interests 
Dr Richard Carter  Visiting Lecturer  
Dr Bob Froud-Williams Honorary Fellow  
Dr Royce Longton Visiting Research Fellow   
Dr Glynn Percival  Visiting Research Fellow  Arboriculture, Enterprise

Ecology 

Dr Rebecca Thomas Visiting Research Fellow  

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