Ecology & Evolution Seminar Series





Welcome to the Ecology & Evolution Seminar Series page!

This 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 usually held in the Centre for Population Biology (CPB) common room, Silwood Park campus, Thursdays at 13.00. When the CPB is occupied for teaching, seminars are held in Fisher/Haldane Lecture room, Hamilton building (first half of Autumn Term).

Meeting a speaker

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

Inviting a speaker

If you 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...).

Students: If you are a student and would like to propose a speaker please first find a faculty/staff member who is willing to host the speaker. The faculty member should then contact the speaker and agree a slot prior to the contacting

Please be aware the timetable is not updated daily.

Speaker expenses / budget

There is a yearly budget to cover all invited speaker expenses. 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. We can offer one night accomodation in the Visitor Lodge in Silwood park campus for a reasonable price, depending upon availability. 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 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 new organisers are Emma Cavan and Peter Graystock. Please email with any queries.


Schedules for upcoming terms are given below. Blank slots are free.


10th October Fisher/Haldane Dimitrios - Georgios Kontopoulos Imperial College London Emma Cavan Deep-time evolution of biological responses to temperature changes
31st October Fisher/Haldane  Daniel Barrios-O'Neill University of Exeter Samraat Pawar A manifesto for systematically describing consumer-resource interactions 
14th November Fisher/Haldane  Ruiyun Li Imperial College London (St Mary's) Lauren Cator Climate-driven variation in mosquito density predicts the spatiotemporal dynamics of dengue
21st November Fisher/Haldane  Jacob Johansson Lund University and Imperial College London (Silwood) Richard Gill Flowers, bees and shifting seasons: how to adapt when Nature's calendar goes out of sync in a warming world
28th November Fisher/Haldane Isabel Rosa Bangor University Rob Ewers Towards a new generation of integrated global scenarios and models of biodiversity and ecosystem services
5th December CPB Josh Firth University of Oxford Julia Schroeder
The complex consequences of simple sociality in the wild
12th December CPB Marion Nicolaus - rescheduled 27th Feb      



9th January CPB Francois Balloux University College London Vincent Savolainen

Reconstructing the spread of bacterial mobile elements in space and time

16th January CPB Simeon Hill British Antarctic Survey Emma Cavan Managing fisheries to protect dependant predators
23rd January CPB Tom Smith Imperial College London - Silwood Samraat Pawar  The effects of temperature on microbial metabolic rates
30th January CPB

Jonathan Drury

Durham University Joseph Tobias  The phylogenetic signature of interspecific competition in birds 
6th February CPB Philip Stevenson Royal Botanical Gardens - Kew Peter Graystock Sex and Drugs and Bee Control: the ecological functions of nectar and pollen chemicals
13th February CPB Mike Bruford Cardiff University Matteo Fumagalli Use of genomics in endangered species conservation
20th February CPB Gabrielle Davidson -- Cancelled -- -- Cancelled -- -- Cancelled --
27th February Fisher Marion Nicolaus 

University of Groningen (Netherlands)

Julia Schroeder  Evolutionary causes and consequences of dispersal syndromes in a wild passerine bird 
5th March CPB Rahia Mashoodh University of Cambridge Lauren Cator
Non-genetic inheritance and adaptation within the family environment
12th March CPB       TBC


30th April CPB Mark Ravinet University of Notthingham Arkhat Abzhanov The evolution of human commensalism in Passer sparrows
7th May CPB Cagan Sekercioglu University of Utah Joseph Tobias
14th May CPB        
21st May CPB Louise Johnson University of Reading Vasso Koufopanou
Experimental evolution for invasion in cancer cell lines
28th May CPB Marta Shocket University of Califonia Los Angeles Samraat Pawar       -- Cancelled --
4th June CPB Flora Jay Université Paris-Sud Matteo Fumagalli Supervised and unsupervised deep learning for population genetics
11th June CPB Sinead English University of Bristol Lauren Cator TBC
18th June CPB Jeremy Field University of Exeter Richard Gill Evolution and ecology of social behavior
25th June CPB Nathalie Seddon University of Oxford Joseph Tobias Nature-based Solutions to climate change and other global challenges: promise, evidence, challenges