Ecology & Evolution Seminar Series





Welcome to the Ecology & Evolution Seminar Series page!

This seminar series aims to provide a platform for researchers in the feilds of evolution and ecology from across the UK to showcase their work here at Silwood Park.


Seminars are held in the Centre for Population Biology (CPB) common room, Silwood Park campus, Thursdays at 13.00.

Meeting a speaker

If you would like to meet with the seminar speaker, please contact the host listed below.

Inviting a speaker

If you have a speaker you would like to invite to give a seminar, please see the timetable below for available slots.

Once you have a speaker provisionally interested in giving a talk, email with contact information and the preferred slot. We will double-check availability and provide further details to the speaker. Accommodation can also be arranged if required. You will act as the host for that speaker and will be in charge of organising the day for the speaker (meetings etc). Please be aware the timetable is not updated daily.


Panopto recordings

Most presentations will be recorded using Panopto (Imperial login required). You can find all of the recorded talks in the Silwood Ecology & Evolution Seminar Series folder, here. Note not all talks are recorded, for various reasons. Direct links to some previous seminars are provided at the bottom of this page.


The current organisers are Alienor Lavergne and Reuben NowellPlease email with any queries.


Schedules for upcoming terms and for previous terms are given below. Blank slots are free. Asterisks denotes special seminar outwith the usual slot (**).

Autumn 2018-19 (CURRENT TERM):

4 October          
11 October          
16 October Alex Badyaev University of Arizona (USA) Arkhat Abzhanov Ecology and Evolutionary Biology TBA
18 October          
25 October          
1 November          
8 November          
15 November          
22 November Alison Wright University of Sheffield Matteo Fumagalli Genomic and evolutionary bases of sex differences Routes to the resolution of sexual conflict
29 November          
6 December          
13 December          


Panopto recordings for previous seminars

Panopto homepage:

Summer term 2017-2018:

3 May Mathias Disney UCL Rob Ewers Environmental Monitoring and Modelling Lasers in the jungle: new 3D measurements of forest structure and function [no video]
10 May Katie Field University of Leeds Martin Bidartondo Plant-fungal symbioses Unity in diversity: functional insights into the ancient partnerships between plants and fungi [no video]
17 May Rebecca Kilner University of Cambridge  Julia Schroeder Behaviour and evolution How behaviour influences evolution: experiments with burying beetles [no video]
24 May Dan Stowell QMUL Cristina Banks-Leite  Machine listening How far can machine listening help with acoustic bird surveying? [video]
31 May Blake Morton University of Hull  Vincent Savolainen Behavioural ecology & comparative psychology Personality uniquely contributes to social relationships and group networks in monkeys [no video]
** 2 June Rob Fletcher University of Florida (USA)  Rob Ewers Behaviour and evolution An invasive prey and an endangered predator: novel interactions full of surprises [no video]
7 June Martin Sullivan  University of Leeds Lan Qie Environmental monitoring Monitoring tropical forests (and birds) in a changing world [video]
14 June Aida Andres UCL Matteo Fumagalli Adaptation and genomics  Local adaptation in humans and other primates [video]
 21 June Simon Smart Centre for Ecology & Hydrology Petra Guy Environmental changes & ecology Predicting changes in the diversity of functionally important plants in response to extreme weather: how far can we go with statistical Species Niche Models? [no video]
** 2 August Matthew Betts Oregon States University (USA) Rob Ewers Behaviour and evolution  TBA

 ** Denotes Special Seminar

DateSpeakerInstitutionTitle (link to Panopto)
17 Oct, 2016 Nele Schuwirth EAWAG, Visiting ICL Mechanistic modelling of macroinvertebrate communities in streams
20 Oct, 2016 Rob Thomas Cardiff Animal behaviour in changing environments: behavioural responses of migratory birds to climate change
27 Oct, 2016 Robert Trivers Rutgers University, USA Recent advances in human evolutionary genetics
 3 Nov, 2016 Gabriel Yvon-Durocher Univ. of Exeter Warming, adaptation & ecosystem functioning
10 Nov, 2016 Vincent Merckx Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Netherlands The tangled evolutionary history of plants and fungi
17 Nov, 2016 Andy Purvis ICL, NHM Land-use change, biodiversity loss and biotic homogenisation: the PREDICTS project
24 Nov, 2016  Nessa O'Connor Queens Univ. Belfast Blue solutions to global challenges: why we need experimental tests of environmental change on species interactions
8 Dec, 2016 Samuel Rund University of Edinburgh Scope and insights from publicly-available mosquito abundance data
12 Jan, 2017 Hanne Løvlie Linkoping Univ. Life of the fowl: sex, status and personality
19 Jan, 2017 Pete Smith University of Aberdeen Can we deliver nutrition security and climate change mitigation without wrecking the planet?
26 Jan, 2017 James Bullock NERC Centre for Ecology & Hydrology Population spread and the velocity of climate change
2 Feb, 2017 Nova Mieszkowska Marine Biological Assoc. Data densities, biogeographic challenges and mechanistic insights into climate impacts on marine ectotherms
9 Feb, 2017 Erik Gomez-Baggethun Norwegian Inst. Nature Research Ecosystem valuation: pragmatic conservation or commodification of nature?
16 Feb, 2017
Matteo Fumagalli ICL / Silwood The conquest of the Arctic: a genetic journey
23 Feb, 2017 Melody Clark British Antarctic Survey  Cool genomics
16 Mar, 2017  Morena Mills ICL / Silwood When conservation goes viral: The diffusion of innovative biodiversity conservation policies and practices
23 Mar, 2017
Alexandru Hening ICL / S.Ken Stochastic population growth in spatially heterogeneous environments
11 May, 2017 Martin Smith University of Durham The origins of Ecdysozoan body plans
18 May, 2017 Anjali Goswami UCL From Development to Deep Time: the macroevolutionaryconsequences of phenotypic integration
25 May, 2017 Mridul Thomas EAWAG How do we predict the future of phytoplankton?
1 June, 2017 Natalie Cooper NHM Macroevolution with fossil and living species: museums, mammals and morphology
15 June, 2017 Andy Foote Bangor Univ. The Genomic History of Killer Whale Ecotypes
 22 June, 2017 Beatriz Jorrin Univ. Oxford From population genomics to synthetic communities in the Rhizobium - Legume system