Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Life Sciences (Silwood Park)

Research Fellow/Lecturer in Biodiversity Theory and Science



+44 (0)20 7594 2242j.rosindell




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I am a biodiversity theorist with a particular interest in ecological neutral theory and its varied applications. I arrived at Imperial College during January 2012 and I am grateful to the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) for funding me in my current position with a postdoctoral research fellowship and later with an independent research fellowship.  I am also interested in public engagement activities and created the OneZoom tree of life explorer website ( which is now run as an independent registered charity.


Prior to arriving at Imperial I was funded for 3 years with a postdoctoral  research fellowship from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).  I was hosted by the University of Leeds but spent 50% of my time abroad at the University of Groningen and the University of Idaho (Moscow,ID).  My PhD (2005-2008) titled 'Spatially Explicit Neutral Models of Community Assembly' was carried out at the University of Leeds under the supervision of Stephen Cornell and Bill Kunin.  My undergraduate training (2001-2005) was in mathematics at the University of Warwick and had a strong bias towards scientific computing and life science applications.  

Selected Publications

  • Rosindell J and Cornell SJ Universal scaling of species-abundance distributions across multiple scales Oikos 122: 1101–1111 (2013)
  • Rosindell J and Harmon LJ, A unified model of species immigration, extinction and abundance on islands, Journal of Biogeography 40(6): 1107–1118 (2013)
  • Rosindell J and Harmon LJ, OneZoom: A fractal explorer for the tree of life PLoS Biology 10(10) e1001406 (2012)
  • Etienne RS, Rosindell J, Prolonging the past counteracts the pull of the present: protracted speciation can explain observed slowdowns in diversification., Syst Biol, 2012, 61, 204-213
  • Rosindell J, Hubbell SP, He F, Harmon LJ, Etienne RS, The case for ecological neutral theory., Trends Ecol Evol, 2012, 27, 203-208
  • Etienne RS and Rosindell J, Comment on ‘global correlations in tropical tree species richness and abundance reject neutrality, Science 336(6089) 1639 (2012)
  • Rosindell J, Hubbell SP, Etienne RS, The unified neutral theory of biodiversity and biogeography at age ten., Trends Ecol Evol, 2011, 26, 340-348
  • Rosindell J, Phillimore AB, A unified model of island biogeography sheds light on the zone of radiation., Ecol Lett, 2011, 14, 552-560
  • Rosindell J, Cornell SJ, Hubbell SP, Etienne RS, Protracted speciation revitalizes the neutral theory of biodiversity, Ecol Lett, 2010, 716-727
  • Rosindell J and Cornell SJ, Species-area curves, neutral models and long distance dispersal Ecology 90(7): 1743-1750 (2009)
  • Rosindell J and Cornell SJ, Species-area relationships from a spatially explicit neutral model in an infinite landscape.,Ecol Lett, 2007, 10, 586-595



Desjardins-Proulx P, Rosindell JL, Poisot T, et al., 2012, A simple model to study phylogeographies and speciation patterns in space

Chisholm RA, Lim F, Yeoh YS, et al., 2018, Species-area relationships and biodiversity loss in fragmented landscapes, Ecology Letters, Vol:21, ISSN:1461-023X, Pages:804-813

Alzate A, Janzen T, Bonte D, et al., 2017, A simple spatially explicit neutral model explains range size distribution of reef fishes

Jordan SMR, Barraclough TG, Rosindell J, 2016, Quantifying the effects of the break up of Pangaea on global terrestrial diversification with neutral theory, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B-biological Sciences, Vol:371, ISSN:0962-8436

Rosindell J, Harmon LJ, Etienne RS, 2015, Unifying ecology and macroevolution with individual-based theory, Ecology Letters, Vol:18, ISSN:1461-023X, Pages:472-482

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