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Leaders in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology – University of Reading

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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


Dr Glyn Barrett Lecturer Ecology and Evolution
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


Dr Alastair Culham

Associate Professor of Botany

School Director of Academic Tutoring

Evolutionary responses to climate change, Plant Phylogeny, Plant and Fungal Taxonomy, DNA barcoding & molecular markers.


Professor Mark Fellowes Professor of Ecology

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


Dr Manuela Gonzalez-Suarez

Associate Professor in Ecological Modelling

Admission Tutor for Ecology and Wildlife Conservation

Loss of biodiversity


Dr Paul Hatcher

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


Professor Julie Hawkins

Deputy Head of School

Head of Division,

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

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


Dr Graham Holloway Associate Professor

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


Dr Louise Johnson Director of Admissions

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


Dr Renee Lee

Lecturer in Biological Sciences

Director of Placements and Employability

Biomineralisation in coccolithophores, microbially induced calcite precipitation (MICP), molecular fossils, trace metal homeostasis in biology, microbial diversity in caves

Ecology and Evolution

Dr Andrew Meade

Lecturer in Computational biology research 

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


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

Dr Campbell Murn Lecturer

Biology and conservation of birds of prey, Visual fields and sensory ecology of birds of prey, Disease ecology of obligate scavengers, Impact of scavenger declines on disease 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

Professor Mark Pagel Professor of Evolutionary Biology

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


Dr Brian Pickles Lecturer in Ecology

Assisted migration, Plant-fungal symbioses, Spatial 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.


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


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


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

Independent career fellows

Name Position and responsibilities Interests
Dr Sofia Gripenberg Royal Society Research Fellow

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

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
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 Joanna Baker Research Associate

Macroevolution and natural selection; Comparative phylogenetic methods

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Dr Ciara O'Donovan Research Associate
Dr Emma Gardner Research Associate
Dr Alice Johnston Research Fellow

Individual-Based Models (IBMs) in Population Ecology;

Using Approximate Bayesian Computation to evaluate IBMs


Dr Charlotte Mills Research Associate

Trophic interactions (herbivory, grazing, predation, and granivory), and their consequences for community assembly in deserts and tropical forests


Dr Tara Pirie Research Fellow

Animal behaviour


Dr Thomas Püschel Research Associate


Vertebrate palaeontology

Evolutionary Biology

Dr Mojgan Rabiey Research Associate Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Emeritus and Visiting Professors

Name Position and responsibilities Research interests

Professor John Barnett


Professor Nick Battey


Professor Emeritus Vernon Heywood

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 Emeritus Philip John

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


Dr Rebecca Thomas Visiting Research Fellow

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