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Research interests

My research combines fieldwork and experimental approaches with modelling and statistical analysis. I have worked on a range of taxa (plants, invertebrates and vertebrates) in freshwater, marine and terrestrial ecosystems, in many different countries (including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago, and the UK) and have collaborations with researchers in five continents. I have also investigated the evolution of biological diversity through reproductive isolation and speciation, and explored the role of adaptation and behaviour in the maintenance of biological diversity. In this I worked on populations and assemblages in habitats ranging from the Scottish highlands to the Amazon.  Most recently my focus has been on biological diversity in our rapidly changing world, and, supported by my ERC AdG BioTIME, my colleagues and I have shown that biodiversity change (restructuring of assemblages alongside high levels of compositional turnover) is a more pressing problem for contemporary environmental managers than biodiversity loss.

Research overview

I am an ecologist investigating biological diversity. My goal is to quantify the patterns, and understand the processes, linked to change in ecological communities over space and time, and to use this research to protect and manage natural capital.

Future research

Aims: To improve understanding of the processes that shape patterns of biodiversity over space and time, and to support the BioTIME data base (, a key resource in elucidating and managing biodiversity change.

Academic/Professional Qualification

B.Sc.; D.Phil., University of Ulster; FRSE; Honorary Doctorate (University of Bergen)

Fisheries Society of the British Isles (honorary life member);

British Ecological Society (member);

Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (member and former Hon. Secretary)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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