Ecology & Evolution Seminar Series






Welcome to the Ecology & Evolution Seminar Series page!

This weekly 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 in person in the Georgina Mace Centre (GMC) common room, Silwood Park campus, Thursdays at 13.00. The seminars are also streamed live on teams so are accessible to those working remotely.

Overseas speakers

Throughout the COVID-19 lockdowns we were able to invite speakers from around the globe to share their research with us. We will continue to do this for the forseeable future with seminars presented from overseas speakers being held online on MS Teams.

Meeting a speaker

If you would like to meet with the seminar speaker, please contact the host listed below.

Inviting a speaker

If you are faculty or a postdoc and 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 and you have agreed a slot for them to come, 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...).

PhD students: You are very welcome to invite speakers, though please bear in mind that you will be responsible for hosting the speaker while they are at Silwood.

Please be aware the timetable is not updated daily.

Speaker expenses / budget

When speakers are on site we can cover some costs with our yearly budget. 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. 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/uploaded 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 organisers are Jacob Cook and Miles Nesbit. Please email with any queries.


Schedules for upcoming terms are given below. Blank slots are free. Times given are based on UK time. 


Date Time Location Speaker Institution Host Title
12th October  1pm  GMC  Virtual Rainforest Group  Imperial (internal)  Rob Ewers  A Virtual Rainforest 
19th October 1pm GMC  Vicky Boult  Reading  Vivienne Groner  Forecast-based action for conservation: Developing early-warnings of human-elephant conflict 
26th October 1pm  GMC  Anne Jungblut  Natural History Museum  Cris Banks-Leite  Putting Microbiomes on the Map: Genomic Diversity, Function and Climate change in the Polar Regions 
2nd November ----  ------- ----------------------- --------------------------  -------------------- ----------------SEMINAR----------------CANCELLED---------------- 
9th November 1pm  GMC  All Silwood research groups Imperial (internal)  Samraat Pawar  Research group introduction session  
16th November 1pm  GMC  David Fisher  Aberdeen  Julia Schroeder How social animals cope with environmental stressors: Genomic and individual perspectives 
23rd November 1pm  GMC  TBC  Imperial (internal)  Clara Bradberry  Meet an academic session
30th November 1pm  GMC  Mati Patel  Hull  James Rosindell  Social Evolution and AI 
7th December 1pm  GMC  Alex Papadopulos  Bangor  Vincent Savolainen  Parallelism and Plasticity During Adaptation to Industrial Era Mining Contamination



Date Time Location Speaker Institution Host Title
18th January 1pm GMC Dan Exton rePLANET  Cris Banks-Leite   Funding nature conservation through credits
25th January 1pm GMC Bingzhang Chen  Strathclyde  Fengjie Liu  Partitioning the slope of the Ordinary Least-Squares regression into within- and between-group components and its application in understanding the metabolic asymmetry between autotrophs and heterotrophs
1st February 1pm GMC TBC  Imperial (internal) Clara Bradberry Meet an academic session
8th February 1pm GMC Daniel Maynard UCL  Will Pearse A statistical view of mechanism in ecology
15th February 1pm GMC Marta Shocket  Lancaster  Lauren Cator  Thermal disease ecology in a changing world
22nd February 1pm GMC Paul Devlin  Royal Holloway  Samraat Pawar  Dynamic plant-microbe interactions in the phyllosphere
29th February 1pm GMC Vincent Jansen  Royal Holloway   Samraat Pawar  Biodiversity, stability and feasibility and one model to find them all and in the darkness bind them
7th March 1pm Online Rosalind Allen University of Jena  Samraat Pawar  How spatial partitioning of a microbial population alters the collective benefits of enzyme production
14th March 1pm Oak Cecile Gubry-Rangin Aberdeen Bonnie Waring Ecological and evolutionary adaptation of Thaumarchaeota


Date Time Location Speaker Institution Host Title
9th May ----- -------- --------------- ------------------ ----------------------- ----------------SEMINAR----------------CANCELLED----------------
16th May 1pm GMC James Bullock CEH Will Pearse Rewilding, Restoration, and the Future of Nature Recovery
23rd May ---- -------- --------------- ------------------  -----------------------  ----------------No normal seminar because of the special seminar series in climate change and environmental biology (see below) ----------------
30th May 1pm GMC Paul Huxley Virginia Tech Samraat Pawar Discrete- versus continuous-time representations of thermal fitness in organisms with complex life histories
6th June            
13th June 1pm GMC Katherine Helliwell Exeter/Marine Biological Association Fengjie Liu Illuminating cryptic interactions between marine protists and bacteria
20th June 1pm GMC Paidamoyo Mataranyika Imperial Samraat Pawar Sustainable agriculture strategies using bacteria-based biofertilisers isolated from drought-tolerant legumes in Namibia.


Date Time Location Speaker Institution Host Title
23rd May 9:30-12:30 Oak Various Various James Rosindell Mini seminar series in Climate Change and Enivronmental Biology (session 1)
24th May 9:30-12:30 Oak Various Various James Rosindell Mini seminar series in Climate Change and Enivronmental Biology (session 2)