Imperial College London

MrRikkiGumbs

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Life Sciences

Research Postgraduate
 
 
 
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Sir Alexander Fleming BuildingSouth Kensington Campus

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Summary

 

Summary

My research focuses on the integration of evolutionary history, trait diversity and extinction risk to inform conservation priority setting. I use a combination of phylogenetic and spatial approaches to identify priority species and regions for conservation to maximise the amount of phylogenetic and trait diversity maintained into the future. The majority of my work focuses on terrestrial vertebrates, and I am particularly interested in reptiles.

I am also interested in the ecological and phylogenetic correlates of morphology and behaviour in snakes, with an emphasis on insular species, and how this can be used to predict persistence and adaptation in fragmented and degraded landscapes.