Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Life Sciences (Silwood Park)

Reader in Evolutionary Ecology



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1.5Centre for Population BiologySilwood Park





We use species evolutionary history to better understand and predict their present-day ecology. Our lab develops new statistical and computational tools to answer fundamental questions about the origins and future of biodiversity. To find out more about our research, please visit our website.



Rosindell J, Manson K, Gumbs R, et al., 2023, Phylogenetic Biodiversity Metrics Should Account for Both Accumulation and Attrition of Evolutionary Heritage., Syst Biol

Pearse WD, Stemkovski M, Lee BRR, et al., 2023, Consistent, linear phenological shifts across a century of observations in South Korea, New Phytologist, Vol:239, ISSN:0028-646X, Pages:824-829

Tan C, Trew J, Peacock T, et al., 2023, Genomic screening of 16 UK native bat species through conservationist networks uncovers coronaviruses with zoonotic potential, Nature Communications, Vol:14, ISSN:2041-1723, Pages:1-13

Gumbs R, Gray C, Böhm M, et al., 2023, The EDGE2 protocol: advancing the prioritisation of Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered species for practical conservation action, Plos Biology, Vol:21, ISSN:1544-9173, Pages:1-22

Arce A, Cantwell-Jones A, Tansley M, et al., 2023, Signatures of increasing environmental stress in bumblebee wings over the past century: Insights from museum specimens, Journal of Animal Ecology, Vol:92, ISSN:0021-8790, Pages:297-309

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