Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Life Sciences (Silwood Park)

Reader in Biodiversity Theory



+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?  How should limited resources for conservation be spent optimally? These are the sorts of questions that I am working on with my present research programme. I am co-director of the computation methods in ecology and evolution masters course and believe that computational methods will be increasingly necessary for answering the big questions in ecology, evolution and conservation. More specific research topics include.

  • Ecological neutral theory
  • Coalescence
  • Island biogeography
  • Habitat fragmentation
  • Spatial patterns of biodiversity
  • Phylogenetics
  • Scientific data visualisation
  • Phylogenetically informed conservation prioritisation
  • Topic modelling


Academic collaborators

Cris Banks-leite, Tom Bell, Ryan Chisholm, Stephen Cornell, Rampal Etienne, Robert Ewers, Mike Harfoot, Luke Harmon, Nick Isaac, Armand Leroi, Tim Newbold, Nisha Owen, Samraat Pawar, William Pearse, Derek Tittensor, Joe Tobias, Yan Wong, Guy Woodward

PhD students

Rikki Gumbs, Rogier Hintzen, Bruce Murphy, Daniel Swindlehurst, Sam Thompson