Ecology & Evolution Seminar Series





Welcome to the Ecology & Evolution Seminar Series page!

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


Seminars are usually held in the Centre for Population Biology (CPB) common room, Silwood Park campus, Thursdays at 13.00. When the CPB is occupied for teaching, seminars are held in Fisher/Haldane Lecture room, Hamilton building (first half of Autumn Term).

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. Hosts are in charge of organising the day for their invited speaker (greetings, meetings, dinner, etc...).

Please be aware the timetable is not updated daily.

speaker expenses / budget

There is a yearly budget to cover all invited speaker expenses. The maximum amount that can be claimed when hosting seminar speakers is £200 per speaker, and includes travel expenses, one night accommodation and dinner for host and speaker. Please bear this budget in mind when considering invitations. We can offer one night accomodation in the Visitor Lodge in Silwood park campus for a reasonable price, depending upon availability. Travel should be booked using cheap, advance options in line with the College’s Expenses Policy (requires College login). Entertainment costs are detailed in the Expenses Policy. Normally speakers should be travelling from within the UK. Exceptionally we can include speakers from Europe if they can travel here within budget: in such cases, the host must notify the seminar organizers for departmental approval ahead of time. Hosts are, of course, welcome to use any alternative source of funding to cover expenses above the £200 limit if required.

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 that not all talks are recorded, for various reasons.

Previous seminars

The schedules for previous terms (including links to Panopto recordings) can be found here.


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


Schedules for upcoming terms are given below. Blank slots are free.

WINTER TERM 2018/19:

31st January CPB Jordan Casey University of Perpignan (France) Emma Ransome Reconstructing hyperdiverse food webs: fish gut content metabarcoding as a tool to disentangle trophic interactions on coral reefs.
7th February  CPB Diego Barneche University of Exeter (UK) Samraat Pawar Integrating ecology across scales of biological organisation
14th February CPB Thomas Lewinsohn UNICAMP (Brazil) Cris Banks-Leite Community ecology reappraised: crises and new developments
21st February CPB Peter Graystock Imperial College London (UK)  Rich Gill The microbial ecology of bees, and engineering protective microbiomes
28th February CPB Alex Pigot University College London (UK) Samraat Pawar Coexistence, community assembly and the n-dimensional hypervolume
7th March CPB Charles Mullon Université de Lausanne (Switzerland) Vincent Savolainen Correlational selection and the shape of polymorphism
14th March CPB Richard Sibly University of Reading (UK) Samraat Pawar

How birds got their colours

21st March CPB Chris Jiggins University of Cambridge (UK) Tim Barraclough TBA 
28th March CPB Siobhán O'Brien University of Liverpool Tim Barraclough TBA


sPRING/Summer TERM 2018/19:

2nd May CPB Barbara Tschirren University of Exeter (UK) Julia Schroeder TBA
9th May CPB Michalis Barkoulas Imperial College London (UK) Chris Wilson TBA
16th May CPB Daniel Barrios-O'Neill University of Exeter (UK) Samraat Pawar TBA
23rd May CPB Emma Cavan University of Tasmania (Australia) Samraat Pawar TBA
30th May CPB John Donohue University of Limerick (Ireland) Samraat Pawar TBA
6th June CPB Benjamin Kraemer IGB Leibniz (Germany) Samraat Pawar TBA
13th June CPB Kayla King University of Oxford (UK) Tim Barraclough TBA
20th June CPB        
27th June CPB