Imperial College London

Victoria J. Burton

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Life Sciences

Research Postgraduate







DC2 628Natural History MuseumNatural History Museum





I completed a BSc in Natural Sciences with the Open University in 2011 followed by an MSc in Taxonomy and Biodiversity at Imperial College London in 2013. My PhD research focuses on soil and litter biodiversity, investigating how the composition of these communities will respond to predicted land use change in the UK. This combines existing data using the PREDICTS (Projecting Responses of Ecological Diversity In Changing Terrestrial System) framework, including extensive datasets from the Natural History Museum Soil Biodiversity Group, where my MSc project was based. I am also collecting new data on soil invertebrate and microbial diversity in different land-use types in the New Forest, Hampshire, UK and on earthworms through a citizen science project - Earthworm Watch - developed in partnership with the The Natural History Museum, London and The Earthwatch Institute, in association with the Earthworm Society of Britain. My PhD is funded by NERC through Imperial's Science and Solutions for a Changing Planet Doctoral Training Programme. I am passionate about entomology and am Membership Administrator for the Amateur Entomologists' Society and Treasurer for the Dipterists Forum.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Hudson LN, Newbold T, Contu S, et al., 2016, The database of the PREDICTS (Projecting Responses of Ecological Diversity In Changing Terrestrial Systems) project, Ecology and Evolution, Vol:7, ISSN:2045-7758, Pages:145-188

Newbold T, Hudson LN, Arnell AP, et al., 2016, Has land use pushed terrestrial biodiversity beyond the planetary boundary? A global assessment, Science, Vol:353, ISSN:0036-8075, Pages:288-291

Burton VJ, Eggleton P, 2016, Microhabitat heterogeneity enhances soil macrofauna and plant species diversity in an Ash – Field Maple woodland, European Journal of Soil Biology, Vol:75, ISSN:1778-3615, Pages:97-106

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