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




W1.5KennedySilwood Park





What factors influence the presence of endemic species on islands?  How many species will go extinct if an area of habitat is modified or destroyed?  These are the sorts of questions that I hope to address with my present research projects. My approach to modeling problems in ecology is to search for simple models for observed phenomena if possible; a model does not have to explicitly reproduce reality in order to be useful.  Most of my work uses simulation models and applies methods such as spatially explicit coalescence to maximise computational tractability.  More specific research topics include.

  • Ecological neutral theory
  • Coalescence
  • Island biogeography
  • Habitat fragmentation
  • Spatial patterns of biodiversity
  • Phylogenetics
  • Scientific data visualisation


Stephen Cornell, Rampal Etienne, Robert Ewers, Luke Harmon, Fangliang He, Tomas Herben, Stephen Hubbell, Patrick Jansen, Petr Keil, Petr Kurka, Egbert Leigh, William Pearse, Albert Phillimore, Arnost Sizling, David Storch, Paul Wennekes, Yan Wong