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. We also have a once a month focus on Emerging Infectious Disease on the first Thursday of the month (indicated on the calendar with EID)


Seminars are online via Microsoft Teams and when possible will be shown 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). The seminars are also streamed on teams so are accessible to those working remotely

Meeting a speaker

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

Inviting a speaker

**For the 2020-2021 academic year, all speakers will be remotely hosted on MS Teams**

If you are faculty 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...).

Students: If you are a student and would like to propose a speaker please contact the student nomination committee and discuss with them your suggestion.

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 Danielle Harris and Peter Graystock. Please email with any queries.


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



15th October  4pm Online Barrett Klein University of Wisconsin (USA)  Samraat Pawar Sleeping in a society of honey bees: The tale of a sleep-deprived dancer and her unwitting followers, and the search for insect dreams
22nd October 4pm Online Marta Shocket
University of California Los Angeles (USA)  Samraat Pawar Thermal ecology of infectious disease: lessons from mosquito-transmitted viruses and a Daphnia-fungal pathogen 
29th October 1pm Online Jose Jiménez Imperial College London (UK) Peter Graystock and Danielle Harris Eco-evo dynamics of experimentally tractable microbial systems
5th November [EID] 1pm Online Alex Corbishley
University of Edinburgh (UK)  Emma Ransome  

Floating data points: poo and the pandemic in Scotland

12th November 1pm Online Bonnie Waring Imperial College London (UK) Peter Graystock and Danielle Harris  

Ecosystem feedbacks to climate change: when and where do microbes matter?

19th November          
 No seminar planned
26th November 1pm Online Elli Leadbeater Royal Holloway University of London (UK)  Peter Graystock The honeybee waggle dance: evolutionary marvel but modern-day relic?
3rd December [EID] 1pm Online Till Hoffman Imperial College London (UK)  Vincent Savolainen  Geospatial caseload estimates for wastewater-based epidemiology & faecal shedding of SARS-CoV-2 RNA amongst hospitalised patients
10th December 1pm Online Will Pearse  Imperial College London (UK) Peter Graystock and Danielle Harris  Evolutionary ecology in the time of COVID



Postponed  Postponed Online Mollie Gupta World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Cristina Banks-Leite -
28th January  1pm Online Michelle Jackson University of Oxford (UK) Guy Woodward The importance of scale in global change biology
4th February [EID]    


     No planned seminar
11th February  1pm Online Flora Jay Université Paris-Saclay Matteo Fumagalli  Neural Networks for population genetics: demographic inference and data generation
18th February            No planned seminar
25th February  1pm Online Nina Overgaard Cornell University (USA)  Matteo Fumagalli  Contemporary evolution and adaptive divergence in open ocean environment: New insights and applications to fisheries management
4th March [EID]  1pm Online  

John Drake

 University of Georgia (USA) Will Pearse  Semi-automated Modeling of COVID-19 in the United States
11th March  1pm Online Mark Ravinet University of Nottingham (UK)  Arkhat Abzhanov
The evolution of human commensalism in Passer sparrows
18th March  1pm Online Matt Struebig University of Kent (UK)  Rob Ewers  Oil palm and biodiversity: toward more sustainable palm oil production in the tropics


6th May [EID]  1pm Online  

C. Jessica Metcalf

 Princeton University (USA) Will Pearse  Disease in motion in Madagascar
13th May  1pm Online Mollie Gupta World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Cristina Banks-Leite WWF-UKs work on the global food system – how we use research to further our work with government, industry and other charities
20th May  1pm Online  Si Creer Bangor University Danielle Harris  TBC
27th May  TBC Online  Rita Covas  University of Porto  Julie Schroeder
3rd June [EID]   Online        
10th June   Online        
17th June  TBC Online Tien Ming Lee    Sun Yat-sen University  Rob Ewers  TBC