Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Life Sciences (Silwood Park)

Research Investigator



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Ms Emma Proctor +44 (0)20 7594 2207




MunroSilwood Park





Research Interests

We use a combination of experimental, phylogenetic and molecular approaches to study the evolutionary ecology of vertebrates, particularly birds. Current areas of particular interest include,

  • Large-scale patterns of biodiversity
  • Ecological impacts of climate change
  • Genetics of wild populations
  • Speciation and diversification in birds
  • Phylogeny and ecology of extinction



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Bell SC, Owens IPF, Lord AM, 2014, Quality of breeding territory mediates the influence of paternal quality on sex ratio bias in a free-living bird population, Behavioral Ecology, Vol:25, ISSN:1045-2249, Pages:352-358

Peck HL, Pringle HE, Marshall HH, et al., 2014, Experimental evidence of impacts of an invasive parakeet on foraging behavior of native birds, Behavioral Ecology, Vol:25, ISSN:1045-2249, Pages:582-590

Jenkins T, Thomas GH, Hellgren O, et al., 2012, MIGRATORY BEHAVIOR OF BIRDS AFFECTS THEIR COEVOLUTIONARY RELATIONSHIP WITH BLOOD PARASITES, Evolution, Vol:66, ISSN:0014-3820, Pages:740-751

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