Research Team & Collaborators

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Postdocs & Students

Georgina Adams (2017 - )

Georgina is doing a postdoc with me, on the Dynamics of African Ecosystems Project.

Lizzie Boakes (2017 - )

Lizzie works with me on the Dynamics of African Ecosystems Project.

Abbie Chapman (2018 - )

Abbie is working as a research assistant on the SENTINEL Project.

Adrienne Etard (2018 - )

Adrienne is doing her PhD with me, investigating how species' traits influence their responses to climate and land-use change

Joe Millard (2018 - )

Joe's PhD aims to investigate how climate and land use are influence pollinator communities

Jessica Williams (2017 - )

Jess is doing a PhD, studying how climate modifies the response of biodiversity to land use.

Guilherme Ferreira (2018 - )

I am helping to supervise Gee for the last few months of his PhD project, investigating the effectiveness of protected areas in conserving mammal populations in Brazil.

Rory Gibb (2017 - )

I am secondary supervisor to Rory, who is doing his PhD mainly under the supervision of Kate Jones, and is researching the effect of environmental change on disease risk.

Robyn Kinnersley (2018)

Robyn is doing a masters research project, investigating responses of European pollinator species to land use

Louise Sykes (2018)

Louise is doing a masters research project, exploring whether rare and common species respond differently to land use

Diego Garcia-Vega (2017-2018)

Diego is doing his masters research project with me, investigating the impact of land-use change on biodiversity in the world's drylands.

▼ Former Students ▼

Sophie Morrill (2017)

Sophie did a masters project with me, exploring how the ecological traits of reptile species influence their responses to land use.

Rungtip Wonglersak (2016)

Rungtip did a masters research project investigating the effects of climate change on ecosystems using the Madingley Model. Rungtip is currently doing a PhD joint between the University of Southampton and the Natural History Museum.

Laura Bentley (2015)

Laura did an internship at WCMC, using the PREDICTS Project data to investigate whether responses of species to land use vary depending upon trophic level. Laura is now doing a PhD at the University of Cambridge.

Martin Jung (2014)

While at UNEP-WCMC, I co-supervised Martin's masters project at the Centre for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate at Copenhagen University. He compared the estimates of the effects of land use made by the models of the PREDICTS Project with new data he collected in Kenya and Tanzania. A manuscript from his project is currently under review. Martin is currently studying for a PhD at the University of Sussex, investigating the effects of different land systems on biodiversity.

Katie Threadgill (2014)

Katie did an internship with me at UNEP-WCMC collating data on biodiversity before and after a land-use change. Katie is now doing a PhD in York University

Rebecca Senior (2013)

Rebecca did an extended internship at UNEP-WCMC, working on various sub-projects within the PREDICTS Project, notably an analysis of changes in the functional structure of plant communities in response to land use, from which a manuscript is in preparation. Rebecca is currently working toward a PhD at Sheffield University, studying the effects of logging on local climatic conditions and amphibian biodiversity.

Edwin Pynegar (2012)

Edwin did an internship at UNEP-WCMC, in which he collected data with which to evaluate the predictions about organism allometries made by the The Madingley Model and contributed to the early data collection for the PREDICTS Project. Edwin is now studying for a PhD at Bangor University, assessing the effectiveness of Payments for Ecosystem Services schemes in Bolivia.

Abigayil Blandon (2012)

Abigayil did an internship at UNEP-WCMC, contributing to the early data collection of the PREDICTS Project. After working with me, Abigayil spent some time working for the UK's Joint Nature Conservation Committee, before starting a masters degree at the Stockholm Resilience Centre.

Robert Wilson (2011)

While at UNEP-WCMC, I co-supervised Robert's masters project with the now-discontinued Mathematics in the Living Environment (MILE) Programme at the University of York. Robert's project investigated spatial patterns in the average body mass of amphibian communities in Europe. Robert did a PhD and is now a post-doc at the University of Strathclyde.

Main Collaborators

Andy Purvis

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Andy is the Principal Investaigator of the PREDICTS Project, on which I used to work full time. I am now a project partner on PREDICTS, and Andy and I still collaborate on a number of projects, not least writing up many of the old PREDICTS analyses. Andy is based at the Natural History Museum in London.

Ben Collen

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Ben was the Principal Investigator on the Dynamics of African Ecosystems Project, which I am now leading. Tragically, Ben died of bone cancer in May 2018. Please consider making a donation for research on this under-studied form of cancer.

Mike Harfoot

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Mike ‒ among many other things ‒ was one of the developers of the Madingley Model. We are still collaborating on various studies using this model, and also on some work comparing the prediction of the Madingley Model with those made by the PREDICTS models. Mike is based at the United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre in Cambridge.

Jeremy Kerr

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Jeremy and I secured an International Exchanges grant from the Royal Society to investigate how bumblebee species are responding to climate and land-use change.

Sam Hill

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Sam and I worked together on the PREDICTS Project, on which Sam still works full time. We are still collaborating on a study from the first phase of PREDICTS, and also on the comparison of predictions made by the Madingley and PREDICTS models. Sam is based mainly at the Natural History Museum in London.

Ralf Seppelt

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Ralf was the leader of a joint iDiv-SESYNC workshop series aiming to understand the trade-offs between biodiversity conservation and agricultural production. We are still working on the final paper from this work. Ralf is based at UFZ in Leipzig.

Piero Visconti

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Among his many projects, Piero does some work using the Madingley Model. More generally, Piero and I have a lot of shared research interests around understanding human impacts on ecological communities. Piero is now based jointly at the Zoological Society of London and at the Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research at UCL.

Jörn Scharlemann

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Jörn supervised my early post-doctoral work at the United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre, investigating the role of traits in mediating the response of bird species to land use. Jörn was also involved in the early development of the Madingley Model. We are now collaborating on a project to include the effects of bushmeat harvesting in the Madingley Model. Jörn is based at the University of Sussex.

Derek Tittensor

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Derek was another of the original developers of the Madingley Model. We are still working on some studies using the model. Derek is based at the United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre and at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada.

James Rosindell

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James and I have a project aiming to combine the strengths of Ecological Neutral Theory and the Madingley Model, to make better predictions of global biodiversity change. James is based at Imperial College London.

Stu Butchart

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Stu and I collaborated some years ago, using his data on traits of bird species to understand how these traits affect the way that birds respond to land use. We are planning to do some more work using these data in future. Stu is based at BirdLife Interantional in Cambridge.

Çağan Şekercioğlu

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A few years ago, Çağan and I collaborated, using his data on bird diet in my study that assessed how bird traits affected their response to land use. We are planning to do some more work using these data in the coming years. Çağan is based at the University of Utah.