Imperial College London

Professor Andy Purvis

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Life Sciences (Silwood Park)

Research Investigator



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Teacher, 1st year, Ecology & Evolution. (Undergraduate)

Organiser, 3rd year, Biodiversity and Conservation Biology. (Undergraduate)

Other, Biology - Chairman of the Board of Examiners. (Undergraduate)

Organiser, MRes in Biodiversity Informatics & Genomics. (Postgraduate)

Teacher, MSc in Conservation Science. (Postgraduate)

Teacher, MSc in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation. (Postgraduate)

Biodiversity and Conservation Biology - LS3-BCB


The first half of the course will provide an overview of what biodiversity is and how large-scale patterns in biodiversity have arisen, mainly from an evolutionary perspective.  This part of the course will be taught through a mixture of lectures and computer-based practicals involving simulation and statistical analysis; these practicals use R, and provide a refresher that should be of use prior to that start of Honours projects.  The second half looks at how biological knowledge and theory can be used to help conserve biodiversity in the face of human activities.  This half of the course includes detailed examination of several currently active research areas and with case studies from a range of taxa and habitats, permitting assessment of theory’s usefulness to conservation.


Course Leader

Genetics - LS2-GEN


Genetics is a compulsory course. It builds upon (and assumes knowledge of) the First Year Cell Biology and Genetics lectures on transmission genetics, chromosome inheritance, gene linkage & chromosome mapping to provide an intermediate level course that considers a range of topics in a very expansive field of study. The aims of the course are (a) to provide an overview of selected topics in genetics and as such provide a link to a number of third year courses; (b) to stress the increasingly important applied use of genetics in the 21st Century; and to (c) to provide instruction in standard genetics/molecular biology techniques. The remaining Statistical Modelling Course practicals will continue during the Genetics course with the aim of enabling students to analyse a dataset collected during the mutation practical P2 to include in their write-up.