Professor Vincent Savolainen is the Director of the Georgina Mace Centre for the Living Planet, a College initiative that brings together a multi-disciplinary group of researchers to tackle some of the greatest environmental challenges. Professor Savolainen was Deputy Head of the Department of Life Sciences (Silwood Park Campus) between 2013 and 2016. Before joining Imperial College in 2007, he spent nine years as Deputy Head of Molecular Systematics at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Professor Savolainen is a Fellow of the Zoological Society of London, Fellow of the Linnean Society of London, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology. In 2006, he was awarded the Linnean Society’s Bicentenary Medal. In 2008, he was awarded a European Research Council Advanced Grant, and the following year a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award. In 2014, he was elected a Member of EMBO, and was awarded the Coincy Medal for Botany. In 2015, he was listed in Reuters World's Most Influential Scientific Minds for publishing some of the greatest numbers of highly cited papers in plant and animal science during 2003-2013. Professor Savolainen sits on various panels and advisory committees, including the UK Natural Environment Research Council Peer Review College and the Royal Society International Committees.
His group combines field ecology, molecular phylogenetics, and population genomic approaches to key societal challenges, from explaining the origin of biodiversity to finding solutions for its preservation in a rapidly changing world. Recent research also tackles COVID19 and its link with the environment.
Current group members:
Dr Scott Jones
Ben Roberts (starting October 2021)
George Burton (starting October 2021)
1 postdoc position available in biodiversity genomics
et al., 2021, Joining forces in Ochnaceae phylogenomics: a tale of two targeted sequencing probe kits, American Journal of Botany, ISSN:0002-9122
Flintham E, Savolainen V, Mullon C, 2021, Dispersal alters the nature and scope of sexually antagonistic variation, The American Naturalist, Vol:197, ISSN:0003-0147, Pages:543-559
et al., 2021, Quick detection of a rare species: forensic swabs of survey tubes for hazel dormouse Muscardinus avellanarius urine, Methods in Ecology and Evolution, Vol:12, ISSN:2041-210X, Pages:818-827
et al., 2021, Meta-analysis shows that environmental DNA outperforms traditional surveys, but warrants better reporting standards, Ecology and Evolution, Vol:11, ISSN:2045-7758, Pages:4803-4815
et al., 2020, Advances in metabarcoding techniques bring us closer to reliable monitoring of the marine benthos, Journal of Applied Ecology, Vol:57, ISSN:0021-8901, Pages:2234-2245