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Matthew Greenwell

Matthew Greenwell

Areas of interest


Population genetics, landscape ecology, insect ecology, plant-insect interactions


I first came to Reading almost ten years ago as an undergraduate studying Zoology. I stuck around to do a PhD in landscape ecology in the Social and Applied Ecology Research Group and am now a postdoctoral research associate in insect ecology with the Gripenberg Lab.

Awards and honours

  • NERC Digital Sprint Hackathon 3 (Ecosystem Services) – 2nd Place, 2020
  • Nominated for SBS PhD Researcher of The Year, University of Reading, 2020
  • University of Reading Celebrating Success Award – Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 2019
  • University of Reading 3 Minute Thesis - 1st place and national semi-finalist, 2019
  • University of Reading Research Video competition – 1st place, 2019



Selected publications



People and Nature

Systems Thinking

  • Oliver et al. (2022). A safe and just operating space for human identity: a systems perspective. The Lancet Planetary Health, 6(11), e919-e927.
  • Oliver et al. (2021). Systemic environmental risk – protocols to appraise interventions for complex risks. SysRisk project final report, December 2021.
  • Da Costa*, Dornelles*, Greenwell* et al. (2022). EMPOWER UK: Empowering citizen and community adaptation to systemic risks from climate change in Reading, Wallingford, and Oxford. EMPOWER project, UK case study report, March 2022. *Joint first authors.

Under Review

  • Greenwell et al. Monitoring spatiotemporal patterns in the genetic diversity of a European butterfly species. Under Review in Insect Conservation and Diversity.
  • Oliver et al. Empowering community-led adaptation to systemic risks from climate change. Under Review in Nature Climate Change.