Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Life Sciences

Research Postgraduate







Sir Alexander Fleming BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





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

I am part of a multidisciplinary collaboration of zoologists, ecologists, epidemiologists and disease ecologists working to map human snakebite risk. We aim to identify relationships between human behaviour, socioeconomic conditions, land use and snake diversity, distribution and behaviour to inform mitigation efforts. I hope this work can help reduce human-snake interactions, limiting both the human death toll and depletion of snake populations.



Gumbs R, Gray C, Böhm M, et al., Global priorities for conservation of reptilian phylogenetic diversity in the face of human impacts, Nature Communications, ISSN:2041-1723

Gumbs R, Gray CL, Wearn OR, et al., 2018, Tetrapods on the EDGE: Overcoming data limitations to identify phylogenetic conservation priorities, Plos One, Vol:13, ISSN:1932-6203

Tapley B, Michaels CJ, Gumbs R, et al., 2018, The disparity between species description and conservation assessment: A case study in taxa with high rates of species discovery, Biological Conservation, Vol:220, ISSN:0006-3207, Pages:209-214

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