Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Research

Research Division Leader: Professor Rob Jackson

The Ecology and Evolutionary Biology division comprises 18 members of academic staff, plus a community of support staff, post-docs, PhD students and taught Masters students. The academic staff are committed to research excellence, whilst integrating active research programmes with teaching to deliver relevant, high quality teaching and learning. The division includes researchers with interests in the ecology and evolution of a wide range of organisms, and all levels of biological organisation, from genes and genomes to biomes. We teach undergraduate programmes in Zoology, Biological Sciences, Ecology and Wildlife Conservation; contributions to these programmes from the Ecology and Evolutionary Biologists emphasize the whole organism and its interaction with its environment. Field work is given high priority, and includes project work on the Whiteknights campus and field trips to a range of locations within the UK and to Madagascar. Masters programmes are offered in Plant Diversity, Wildlife Management and Conservation, and Species Identification and Survey Skills; again practical field knowledge is stressed and there is strong engagement with end-user communities.

Academics Research Interests
Dr Phil Baker BakerPhil_small

Vertebrate Conservation
Ecology

Dr Amanda Callaghan CallaghanAmanda_small

Applied Ecology, Insecticide Resistance, Ecotoxicology, Aquatic Toxicology, Entomology, Freshwater Biology, Stress responses, Molecular Ecology, Microarrays
Ecology

Professor James Cook JamesCook7070

Symbiosis and coevolution, Sex ratios and mating systems, Insect-plant interactions, Figs and fig wasps
Evolution

Dr Alastair Culham biosci-CulhamAlistair_small

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

Professor Mark Fellowes FellowesMark_small

Applied Ecology
Ecology

Dr Manuela Gonzalez-Suarez Manuela Gonzalez

Loss of biodiversity
Ecology

Dr Paul Hatcher HatcherPaul_small

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

Professor Julie Hawkins biosci-HawkinsJulie_small

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

Dr Graham Holloway HollowayGraham_small

Applied ecology
Ecology

Dr Louise Johnson JohnsonLouise_small

Evolution, genetics, intragenomic conflict, genomics, levels of selection, genome defence
Evolution

Dr Andrew Meade MeadeAndrew_small

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

Dr Jonathan Mitchley MitchleyJonathan_small

Applied Ecology, habitat restoration, botanical survey
Ecology

Dr Tom Oliver Dr Tom Oliver

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

Professor Mark Pagel Mark Pagel

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

Dr M. Alejandra Perotti biosci-PerottiAlejandra_small

Genes and environment, Forensic biology, Acarology, Mites, endosymbiotic bacteria, Wolbachia
Evolution

Dr Brian Pickles Brian Pickles

Assisted migration, Plant-fungal symbioses, Spatial ecology
Ecology

Dr Colin Prescott PrescottColin_small

Ecologically based rodent management; anticoagulant rodenticides, physiological resistance, and the impact on non-target species
Ecology

Professor Richard Sibly SiblyRichard_small

Individual-Based Models (IBMs) in Population Ecology;
Using Approximate Bayesian Computation to evaluate IBMs
Metabolic Ecology

Dr Chris Venditti VendittiChris_small

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

Dr Richard Walters r-j-walters-small

Evolutionary Ecology and Adaptation to Climate Change
Evolution

Visiting Lecturers
Dr Glynn Percival glynnpercivalsmallphoto

Arboriculture, Enterprise
Ecology

Research Fellows
Dr Alice Johnston Alice Johnston

Individual-Based Models (IBMs) in Population Ecology;
Using Approximate Bayesian Computation to evaluate IBMs
Ecology

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