I graduated with a BSc in Zoology from Cardiff University (1992) and a PhD from Cambridge University (1996), where I studied territoriality and communication in European Robins (supervised by Nick Davies). After finishing my PhD, I spent several years recovering as a conservationist and biodiversity consultant working for international NGOs, including Wildlife Conservation Society, BirdLife International and IUCN. Returning to academia after a gap-decade, I started out as a post-doc, then (from 2008) Lecturer in Evolutionary Ecology at Oxford University. My group moved to Imperial College London in 2015.
I currently convene a third-year undergraduate course on Biodiversity and Conservation Biology at the South Kensington campus and teach masters modules on Biodiversity and Community Ecology at Silwood Park.
I also supervise a range of research projects for undergraduate and post-graduate students. Some of these projects are field-based but most are desk-based and lockdown-proof. Please see our ‘join us’ page for more information.Join us
Adam is an evolutionary ecologist interested in understanding how environmental change influences species interactions. He completed his PhD with Dr Seirian Sumner at the University of Bristol in 2018. For his graduate research he looked at cascading effects of invasive species on ant-plant mutualisms. Adam’s current research adopts a more interdisciplinary approach, combining both socio-economic and environmental data to look at the trade-offs in sub-Saharan African agriculture. Focusing particularly on the current and future effects of agricultural expansion on biodiversity loss, and the consequences this has for ecosystem functionality and small-holder farmer livelihoods in Ethiopia, Ghana and Zambia.
Henny’s thesis focuses on the interactions between climate change and land use change and their effects on ecosystem functioning in West African grasslands.
Rob is using phylogenetic methods to explore evolutionary relationships in birds, viewed at a global scale. In particular, he is interested in the factors driving the evolution of traits related to signalling, and the implications for diversification.
Tom is using global datasets to understand how environmental change affects the structure and composition of avian assemblages with respect to functional traits, and the implications for ecosystem function.
Patrick is developing and applying biodiversity metrics based on avian functional diversity to monitor and predict responses of ecosystems to land-use change.
Primary supervisor: Andy Purvis, NHM
Lisbeth is investigating long-term impacts of environmental change on populations of birds and insects, mainly focused on UK biodiversity data in collaboration with British Trust for Ornithology and others.
Primary supervisor: Tom Oliver, Reading