Supervisors


Dr Andrew Beckerman

Dr Andrew Beckerman

The University of Sheffield

Evolutionary Ecologist and Conservation Biologist working at the interface of Genes, Populations, Food Webs…. and Parrots

Aquatic Communities
• Algae and Daphnia Defences, Predator Induced Phenotypic Plasticity
Food Webs
• Foraging Biology and the Structure and Complexity of Communities
Parrots
•Conservation and Demography of Amazon Parrots with the World Parrot Trust

Prof Andy Fenton

Prof Andy Fenton

The University of Liverpool

No biographical info given.

Prof Andrew Hodson

Prof Andrew Hodson

The University of Sheffield

Andy’s research largely takes places in the Arctic and Antarctica. Since climate warming signals can be so strong here, he considers the implications of ground thaw and glacier melt for the sensitive ecosystems that are often found at or near the ice margin. He also looks at the microbial ecosystems within the ice itself, since there are fewer habitats more vulnerable to the impacts of climate warming than ice and snow.

In the Arctic, Andy is currently leading a large European project funded via several national research councils (the Joint Programming Initiative). The emphasis of this project called “LowPerm” is the biogeochemical feedbacks associated with lowland permafrost thaw in the High Arctic. A video about the work that inspired this project can be seen here. http://lowperm.group.shef.ac.uk/

Dr Alistair Derby

Dr Alistair Derby

The University of Liverpool

Bioinformatics and Modelling
Evolutionary Ecology
Ecology, Evolution and Genomics of Infectious Disease
Microbiology

Dr Amy Pedersen

No biographical info given.

Dr Anu Thompson

No biographical info given.

Prof Ben Hatchwell

Prof Ben Hatchwell

The University of Sheffield

My principal research interest is in social evolution and reproductive strategies. The main approach of my research is to use field observations and experiments to test evolutionary theory.
Specific research interests and achievements include:
The ecological factors that promote the evolution of animal societies.
The influence of individual dispersal decisions on the genetic structure of populations and the consequences for cooperative behaviour.
The alternative reproductive strategies of individuals in cooperative groups and their fitness consequences.
Mechanisms of kin recognition in social animals.
Proximate and ultimate causes of variation in parental investment.
I am also interested in avian population ecology, including long-term studies of seabirds and the ecology of urban bird populations.

Dr Ben Woodcock

No biographical info given.

Dr Jakob Bro-Jorgensen

The University of Liverpool

No biographical info given.

Prof Carlos Peres

No biographical info given.

Prof Charles Wellman

Prof Charles Wellman

The University of Sheffield

My research addresses the highly topical and controversial problem of the origin and early evolution of land plants. My research integrates evidence from both fossil and living plants. Fossil evidence is in the form of early land plant megafossils and dispersed microfossils—spores and fragments. I am currently working on material from China, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Kazakhstan and Spitsbergen. I study living plants in order to interpret the earliest land plant fossils [specifically through: (i) cladistic analyses of evolutionary relationships; (ii) molecular clock analyses of evolutionary divergence times; (iii) analysis of physiological adaptations required for plants to invade the land (particularly Evo-Devo studies on the molecular genetics of spore/pollen wall development)]. I am also exploring the impact of the invasion of the land by plants on global change. This has led to research into developing a novel (and currently only) proxy for past UV-B radiation. In recent years I have also extended my research back in time to examine a previously neglected research area considering the ‘algal scum’ that inhabited the land before it was invaded by plants.

Prof Chris Evans

No biographical info given.

Prof Chris Thomas

No biographical info given.

Prof Colin Brown

No biographical info given.

Dr Colin McClean

No biographical info given.

Dr Dylan Childs

Dr Dylan Childs

The University of Sheffield

Life history theory – Characterising optimal reproductive strategies and components of selection in free-living populations.
Evolutionary demography – Application of evolutionary game theory (aka adaptive dynamics) to long-term demographic datasets.
Structured population modelling – Construction / parameterisation of accurate demographic models (e.g. integral projection models).
Host-parasite dynamics – Exploring the impact of environmental variation on dynamics (e.g. seasonal forcing in malaria)

Prof David Beerling

No biographical info given.

Dr Donatella Zona

No biographical info given.

Dr David Edwards

Dr David Edwards

The University of Sheffield

My research focuses on understanding the impacts of land-use change on tropical biodiversity. I am particularly interested in understanding the most effective ways of managing tropical landscapes for biodiversity protection and the mechanisms that can be used to fund protection, although I have a range of interests, including:
Impacts of logging management on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning;
Tropical agriculture and sustainability;
The interaction between climate change and land-use change on extinction risk;
Cost-effective conservation within the tropics;
Policy drivers of tropical forest protection, including REDD+ and sustainability labeling;
Mechanisms of maintenance in mutualism;

Dr David Atkinson

Dr David Atkinson

The University of Liverpool

My passion is ecological and biological synthesis that brings new understanding of impacts of climatic and other environmental perturbation on organisms and ecosystems.Our investigations focus particularly on the fundamental impacts of temperature, body size and resource flux on rates of biological processes at levels of organization ranging from individuals to ecosystems. These biological processes include individual resource uptake, growth, development, population growth, ecosystem respiration and photosynthesis. We work at the interface of ecology, evolution and physiology, and our approaches include advancing new theory, including a novel metabolic scaling theory; performing experiments on whole pond ecosystems and populations; and carrying out meta-analyses to quantify global trends.

Dr Daniel Chapman

No biographical info given.

Prof Douglas Yu

No biographical info given.

Dr David Rippin

Dr David Rippin

The University of York

My research interests are focussed on the controls on the dynamics of glaciers and ice-sheets, and the use of ground-based and airborne radio-echo sounding (RES) techniques in exploring englacial and subglacial environments. I also work on the thermal evolution of small Arctic glaciers, and is increasingly interested in supraglacial environments, and devising approaches for monitoring change in these locations.

Dr Elva Robinson

Dr Elva Robinson

I am a lecturer at the University of York, working on social behaviour. Social structure in animal groups affects how robust a population is to stresses such as disease, disturbance by humans, or habitat fragmentation. Effects of environmental change on animal social structure are challenging to study but have wide reaching implications for conservation and management. My research uses fieldwork, laboratory experiments and theoretical modelling. I use ants as a model system which can be manipulated at both the individual and group levels, allowing thorough exploration of the rules governing social behaviour and interaction with the environment.

Dr Francis Daunt

Dr Francis Daunt

Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
My main interests lie in understanding the drivers of change in seabird populations. North Sea seabirds have shown recent population declines, and my research aims to understand the effects of climate change, disease, fisheries and marine energy developments. My approach is to gain a detailed understanding of the intrinsic and extrinsic drivers of individual behaviour and physiology that determine demographic parameters.

Dr Gareth Fraser

Dr Gareth Fraser

The University of Sheffield

Evolution and development of jaws and teeth
Evolutionary history of vertebrate innovations
Genetic basis of morphological diversity
My research is focused on the evolution and development of morphological diversity in fishes. I am interested in a range of evo-devo models from cichlid fishes of Lake Malawi to the catshark. I investigate a range of themes (i) how genetic networks maintain the continuous production of teeth, (ii) genetic mechanisms affecting dental diversity, (iii) the evolution and development of the pharyngeal/branchial arches, and (iv) the evolution of sensory elaborations in early vertebrates

Dr Gareth Phoenix

Dr Gareth Phoenix

The University of Sheffield

In the Phoenix lab we study the interactions between plants and the environment, particularly in Arctic, northern boreal and upland ecosystems.

Our research includes the impacts of climate change (warming, extreme events, snow regime change, precipitation), UV-B radiation and pollution on ecosystem structure and function. We study the impacts on biodiversity, on cycling of carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus, and the consequences for feedback to climate (ecosystem carbon balance). We also aim to understand how responses observed at the vegetation/ecosystem level are driven by individual plant, root and leaf responses.

Dr Garry Hayman

No biographical info given.

Dr Gavin Thomas

No biographical info given.

Prof Greg Hurst

No biographical info given.

Prof Grant Bigg

No biographical info given.

Dr Ilik Saccheri

No biographical info given.

Prof Jon Slate

No biographical info given.

Dr James Chong

Dr James Chong

The University of York

Molecular biologist with an interest in (anaerobic) microbial communities. My group utilises a range of ‘omics methods to chart dynamic changes.

Dr Jamie Wood

No biographical info given.

Prof Jane Hill

Prof Jane Hill

The University of York

Jane’s research group studies the impacts of climate change and habitat loss on species, with fieldwork in Britain and Borneo. Jane’s Ph.D. examined migration in UK moths and her research has mainly focused on the environmental factors affecting population dynamics of butterflies and moths since then. After post-doc research in Birmingham, Leeds, and Durham Universities, Jane joined the University of York in 2001 and became Professor of Ecology in 2010. Current research projects are studying climate-driven range shifts of species at their leading-edge (i.e patterns of colonisation and range expansion) and trailing-edge range boundaries (i.e. local extinction rates), and the factors affecting species’ ability to respond to climate and habitat changes (including investigating evidence for evolutionary adaptation to climate). We are exploring potential methods for promoting adaptation of biodiversity to climate warming, for example by examining whether or not improving habitat connectivity will aid species’ range shifts and the role of Protected Areas. We are also exploring issues around the environmental sustainability of oil palm cultivation and testing certification standards.
Jane is a trustee of the SE Asia Rainforest Research Partnership, a trustee and member of Council of the British Ecological Society, and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society. She received a Marsh/ZSL Award for Conservation Biology in 2011. Jane is involved in promoting women in science and led the York Biology Department to an Athena SWAN Gold Award in 2014.

Prof Jane Hurst

The University of Liverpool

No biographical info given.

Dr Jenny Hodgson

Dr Jenny Hodgson

The University of Liverpool

I am a conservation biologist. I research how the spatial arrangement of land use and management affects the viability of species, and how climate change interacts with land use. I use a mixture of empirical and modelling approaches.

I serve as Early Career Researcher representative on the ACCE management board and I hope to represent the views of ECR supervisors in general. If you are an ECR and potential supervisor at any ACCE institution, please email me to be added to my mailing list.

Dr Jon Pitchford

No biographical info given.

Dr Jon Green

Dr Jon Green

The University of Liverpool

My research interests lie at the interface of the traditional disciplines of ecology, physiology and behaviour. My work focuses on seabirds, as these animals must adapt be adapted to two contrasting environments: the challenges of foraging in a big, deep, cold, dark, distant water body are very different to those that they face while breeding and moulting on land. Furthermore, both of these environments and their associated challenges change naturally on a seasonal and annual basis and are under anthropogenic threats from over-fishing, climate change and renewable energy developments.

Prof Jonathan Sharples

No biographical info given.

Dr Julia Blanchard

No biographical info given.

Dr Julia Ferrari

The University of York

No biographical info given.

Dr Karl Bates

The University of Liverpool

My research concentrates on the functional anatomy of terrestrial vertebrates, with particular focus on the locomotor system. My goal is to understand the links between morphology and limb biomechanics in order
 to better characterize how animals achieve their full range of habitual motions. This has led
 me to study a range of living tetrapods from primates to archosaurs in order to further our understanding of major evolutionary transitions in locomotor biomechanics.

Dr Kanchon Dasmahapatra

Dr Kanchon Dasmahapatra

The University of York

Research centres on understanding the process of speciation in heliconiine and ithomiine butterflies. Both groups of butterflies are found in the neotropics and are noted for the diversity of wing colour patterns found within species, as well as also for mimetic convergence of colour patterns between species (Müllarian mimicry).

Making use of the Heliconius melpomene reference genome, the current focus involves using high-throughput sequencing approaches to understand the speciation process at the scale of the genome. In particular we are investigating genome-wide patterns of divergence, adaptive introgression, and quantifying the amount of genomic exchange between species.

Dr Karl Evans

No biographical info given.

Dr Kate Parr

Dr Kate Parr

The University of Liverpool

I am a community ecologist with a particular interest in understanding how tropical grassy systems are structured, how they function and the best way to conserve them. Much of my work, and that of my research group, focuses on invertebrates – particularly social insects.

Dr Kathryn Arnold

Dr Kathryn Arnold

The University of York

Ecologist, working mainly on the behavioural and physiological responses of vertebrates to changes in the environment. My current research falls mainly into two areas: 1) the assessment of exposure to and effects of contaminants on wildlife and 2) the ecology of rural and urban birds. However, I also maintain an interest in the social behaviour of birds, insects, fish and manta rays.

Dr Kelly Redeker

No biographical info given.

Dr Kristiaan D’Août

Dr Kristiaan D’Août

The University of Liverpool

My overarching research interest is how animals (and primarily humans) move. That is very general, so in my work I focus on musculo-skeletal biomechanics, with evolutionary aspects always (at least) in the back of my mind.
I am particulary interested in the biomechanics of the healthy human shod and unshod foot.

Dr Lisa Emberson

No biographical info given.

Prof Mark Bateman

Prof Mark Bateman

The University of Sheffield

My high profile collaborative research focuses on past aeolian landscapes as an archive for better understanding past depositional processes and environmental changes. Three themes are centred around this:
– As aeolian deposits, both arid zone and cold-climate, are widespread in the Quaternary sedimentary record they can provide key data for understanding previous palaeoenvironmental conditions and inform the archaeological record;
– Novel applications of luminescence dating has allowed a better understanding of the integrity of preserved sandy sediments;
– Research is also currently trying to extend the application of luminescence dating to glacial and ice marginal sediments.

Dr Mirre Simons

No biographical info given.

Prof Mark Hodson

No biographical info given.

Prof Mike Begon

Prof Mike Begon

The University of Liverpool

The ecology of infectious diseases in wildlife populations, especially diseases transmisible to humans, both within the UK and worldwide (e.g. leptospirosis in Brazilian favelas and bubonic plague in Central Asia).

Prof Michael Brockhurst

Prof Michael Brockhurst

The University of York

Rapid contemporary evolution can have important applied consequences, and particularly so in microbes, whose short generation times and large populations potentiate high evolutionary rates. My lab employs a diversity of study systems and a broad range of approaches including laboratory experimental evolution, surveys of natural communities, analysis of clinical samples, next-generation sequencing, and mathematical modelling to address both pure and applied research questions in coevolution, diversification and adaptation.

Dr Nigel Dunnett

No biographical info given.

Dr Nicola Nadeau

Dr Nicola Nadeau

The University of Sheffield

The evolution and genetics of colour pattern variation
The genetic and developmental control of structural colours in animals
The process of divergence and speciation within the genome
The genetic analysis of natural hybrid zones to identify loci under selection.
I am interested in the genetic underpinnings of adaptive evolution, speciation and sexual selection in natural populations. The major focus of my current research is the evolution and genetics of convergent iridescent structural colour in Heliconius butterflies.

Dr. Nick Isaac

No biographical info given.

Dr Nathan Jeffery

No biographical info given.

Dr Oliver Craig

Dr Oliver Craig

The University of York

Specialises in biomolecular archaeology, i.e. the recovery of proteins, lipids and DNA from ancient skeletal remains and archaeological artefacts to provide insights into past human activities.
His particular interests lie in temporal transitions and variability in human diets, cuisine and subsistence practices and the impact that dietary changes had on social evolution, health and the environment.
Oliver is interested in combining a broad range of analytical techniques to study palaeodiet but particularly stable isotope analysis of human bone and organic residue analysis of food remains on ceramics.His research has focused on the analysis of materials from key prehistoric sites in Central and Eastern Europe and along the North East Atlantic, Baltic and Mediterranean coastlines.

Prof Owen Petchey

No biographical info given.

Prof Paul Blackwell

Prof Paul Blackwell

The University of Sheffield

I mainly work in Bayesian statistics; I am interested in the development of new models and methodology, particularly inference for random processes, driven by real applications which are primarily in ecology but also in environmental science, archaeology and other areas. I am also interested in stochastic modelling, statistics and simulation more generally, again often with ecological and environmental applications.

Prof Paula Stockley

Prof Paula Stockley

The University of Liverpool

My research aims to explain diversity in animal reproductive traits, with emphasis on mechanisms and evolutionary consequences of sperm competition and sexual selection, particularly in mammals. I also have broad interests in the fields of behavioural and evolutionary ecology relating to reproductive strategies, life history evolution and social behaviour. Current projects include experimental and comparative studies of ejaculate expenditure, copulatory behaviour, genital evolution, male mate choice and female competition. Multidisciplinary collaborations apply molecular and proteomics techniques to address evolutionary questions within these areas.

Prof Philip H Warren

No biographical info given.

Dr Peter Mayhew

The University of York

No biographical info given.

Prof J Peter W Young

No biographical info given.

Prof Piran White

No biographical info given.

Prof Rob Freckleton

Prof Rob Freckleton

The University of Sheffield

My research focuses on modelling population and community dynamics. I am particularly interested in large scale population dynamics, although have a range of interests, including:
Plant population ecology, modelling plant populations, modelling weed populations.
Evolutionary ecology, phylogenetic comparative methodology and its application to ecological problems.
Theoretical ecology, statistical methodology.

Dr Rob Bryant

No biographical info given.

Dr Bob Johnston

The University of Sheffield

My research focuses on the environmental histories of landscapes in the UK, with a specific interest in the uplands and the coastal fringe of northwest Wales. I am working with PhD students on late Holocene sea level change in north Cardigan Bay and the impacts of future climate change on estuarine landscapes of SW Snowdonia.

Prof Roger Butlin

Prof Roger Butlin

The University of Sheffield

My research is concerned primarily with the origin of barriers to gene exchange, especially the evolutionary genetics of reproductive isolation. I have used insect acoustic and chemical signals as model systems to investigate the controversial process of reinforcement, particularly in parapatry, and questions such as the inheritance of signal characters and the form of female preferences. I am currently working with hybrid zones in grasshoppers of the genus Chorthippus, and collaborating in projects on speciation in winkles (Littorina), and signal and response evolution in the Drosophila virilis group. Another area of research concerns the evolution of asexual reproduction using ostracods as models. I am interested in evolution at range margins and its implications for conservation genetics. Current projects use Arabidopsis lyrata and other models. I collaborate in studies of population structure and sexual segregation in bats, behaviour of zebrafish, ecology and evolution of mosquitoes and beetle phylogeography.

Dr Roberto Salguero-Gómez

Dr Roberto Salguero-Gómez

The University of Sheffield

NERC IRF at the Department of Animal & Plant Science of the University of Sheffield. He joined the faculty in 2016 as an NERC IRF. His research group (@SalGoTeam) focuses on understanding the mechanisms that constrain and diversify life history traits and life history strategies in animals and plants. His work uses a combination of approaches that include functional ecology, population ecology, comparative biology and formal demography.

2002: BSc Environmental Sciences, Univ Cadiz, Spain
2004: MSc Environmental Sciences, Univ Cadiz & Kingston Univ, UK
2011: Ph.D. Ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity, Univ Pennsylvania, USA

Dr Rhonda Snook

Dr Rhonda Snook

The University of Sheffield

Reproduction and development define life and therefore are fundamental to understanding the evolution of biodiversity. My primary research interest is the evolution of reproductive strategies, focussing on gamete evolution, fertilisation, sexual selection, and speciation. I have addressed these areas using Drosophila fruit flies as model systems. My lab uses a variety of different approaches to study reproductive strategies, including population and quantitative genetics, experimental evolution, and recently next generation sequencing, at both a population and landscape scales. Current projects include the evolution of postmating prezygotic reproductive isolation and how climate change may impact reproduction.

Prof Richard Shore

No biographical info given.

Prof Roland Gehrels

Prof Roland Gehrels

The University of York

I grew up in the Netherlands where I studied Quaternary Geology at the Free University in Amsterdam. I completed a PhD at the University of Maine in Geology in 1994 and continued my academic career as a sea-level scientist, first as a postdoc at Durham University, and then for 18 years at Plymouth University. In 2013 I accepted a Chair in Physical Geography at the University of York. In the past decade my research efforts have focussed primarily on the coupling of geological field evidence with tide-gauge observations to reconstruct historical sea-level changes using proxy methods. My main achievement is the reconstruction of the acceleration of sea-level rise during the first decades of the 20th century in sites around the North Atlantic and the Southwest Pacific. This work has led to the realisation that recent rapid sea-level changes occur on a global scale and are linked to global warming. In recent years my research has taken on a new societal dimension with relevance for sea-level predictions. An example of this is my involvement in the iGlass project (http://www.highstand.org/iglass) which represents an attempt to apply the sea-level reconstruction methods developed for Holocene intertidal sediments to earlier interglacial sequences, with direct implications for understanding the dynamics of ice sheets.

Prof Steven Banwart

No biographical info given.

Dr Stephen Livingstone

Dr Stephen Livingstone

My research interests are in reconstructing ice sheets and their dynamics from geological and geophysical evidence in both marine and terrestrial environments. They can be summarised as follows:

1. Investigating the drainage and storage of meltwater at the bed of (palaeo-)ice sheets.
2. The identification and investigation of landform-sediment assemblages and physical processes at the bed of palaeo-ice streams, and the controls governing their retreat.
4. Reconstructing the Late Quaternary history and dynamics of the last British-Irish Ice Sheet.

Prof Steve Paterson

No biographical info given.

Dr Samantha Patrick

No biographical info given.

Dr Stephen Cornell

Dr Stephen Cornell

The University of Liverpool

Member of the evolutionary ecology research group seek to understand ecological and evolutionary patterns in nature, and to understand the feedback between ecology and evolution. Our work is diverse in terms of the organisms we study, the questions we investigate, and the approaches we use.

Prof. Terry Burke

No biographical info given.

Dr Tom Webb

Dr Tom Webb

The University of Sheffield

My primary research interest is in the macroecology of marine ecosystems. In particular, I am interested in how and why marine biodiversity is unevenly distributed in space and time. This interest has led me into the realm of biodiversity informatics – using large databases of different facets of marine diversity in order to synthesise the state of knowledge of the world’s oceans. My research is currently focused on three major areas:
Global patterns and trends in marine biodiversity – interrogating, linking, and extracting trends from major biodiversity databases using novel statistical methods
Comparative analysis of marine and terrestrial ecosystems – to what extent does ecological theory generalise across realms?
Dynamics of UK marine systems – integrating data and models to understand the provision of ecosystem services from UK seas.

Dr Thomas Price

Dr Thomas Price

The University of Liverpool

My main focus is selfish genetic elements and the ways that conflicts within the genome of individuals impact on the development and behaviour of individuals, the survival of populations, and in changing species at the landscape scale. In particular, I work on meiotic drive- selfish X chromosomes that spread by killing Y chromosome sperm, causing all female broods and distorting the sex ratios of whole populations. I try to understand the mechanisms that underly these drivers, and their ecological and evolutionary impacts on sex, speciation and survival.

A second theme is why some females choose to mate with only one male in their life, while others may mate with dozens a day.

More broadly, I also work on sexual cannibalism in mantids and spiders with my ACCE student, Adam Fisher. I also collaborate with ACCE student Chloe Heys on trying to understand why parrots masturbate so much.

Dr Virpi Lummaa

No biographical info given.

Prof George Wolff

No biographical info given.

Dr Zen Lewis

No biographical info given.

Dr Andrew Beckerman

Dr Andrew Beckerman

The University of Sheffield

Evolutionary Ecologist and Conservation Biologist working at the interface of Genes, Populations, Food Webs…. and Parrots

Aquatic Communities
• Algae and Daphnia Defences, Predator Induced Phenotypic Plasticity
Food Webs
• Foraging Biology and the Structure and Complexity of Communities
Parrots
•Conservation and Demography of Amazon Parrots with the World Parrot Trust

Prof Andy Fenton

Prof Andy Fenton

The University of Liverpool

No biographical info given.

Prof Andrew Hodson

Prof Andrew Hodson

The University of Sheffield

Andy’s research largely takes places in the Arctic and Antarctica. Since climate warming signals can be so strong here, he considers the implications of ground thaw and glacier melt for the sensitive ecosystems that are often found at or near the ice margin. He also looks at the microbial ecosystems within the ice itself, since there are fewer habitats more vulnerable to the impacts of climate warming than ice and snow.

In the Arctic, Andy is currently leading a large European project funded via several national research councils (the Joint Programming Initiative). The emphasis of this project called “LowPerm” is the biogeochemical feedbacks associated with lowland permafrost thaw in the High Arctic. A video about the work that inspired this project can be seen here. http://lowperm.group.shef.ac.uk/

Dr Alistair Derby

Dr Alistair Derby

The University of Liverpool

Bioinformatics and Modelling
Evolutionary Ecology
Ecology, Evolution and Genomics of Infectious Disease
Microbiology

Dr Amy Pedersen

No biographical info given.

Dr Anu Thompson

No biographical info given.

Prof Ben Hatchwell

Prof Ben Hatchwell

The University of Sheffield

My principal research interest is in social evolution and reproductive strategies. The main approach of my research is to use field observations and experiments to test evolutionary theory.
Specific research interests and achievements include:
The ecological factors that promote the evolution of animal societies.
The influence of individual dispersal decisions on the genetic structure of populations and the consequences for cooperative behaviour.
The alternative reproductive strategies of individuals in cooperative groups and their fitness consequences.
Mechanisms of kin recognition in social animals.
Proximate and ultimate causes of variation in parental investment.
I am also interested in avian population ecology, including long-term studies of seabirds and the ecology of urban bird populations.

Dr Ben Woodcock

No biographical info given.

Dr Jakob Bro-Jorgensen

The University of Liverpool

No biographical info given.

Prof Carlos Peres

No biographical info given.

Prof Charles Wellman

Prof Charles Wellman

The University of Sheffield

My research addresses the highly topical and controversial problem of the origin and early evolution of land plants. My research integrates evidence from both fossil and living plants. Fossil evidence is in the form of early land plant megafossils and dispersed microfossils—spores and fragments. I am currently working on material from China, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Kazakhstan and Spitsbergen. I study living plants in order to interpret the earliest land plant fossils [specifically through: (i) cladistic analyses of evolutionary relationships; (ii) molecular clock analyses of evolutionary divergence times; (iii) analysis of physiological adaptations required for plants to invade the land (particularly Evo-Devo studies on the molecular genetics of spore/pollen wall development)]. I am also exploring the impact of the invasion of the land by plants on global change. This has led to research into developing a novel (and currently only) proxy for past UV-B radiation. In recent years I have also extended my research back in time to examine a previously neglected research area considering the ‘algal scum’ that inhabited the land before it was invaded by plants.

Prof Chris Evans

No biographical info given.

Prof Chris Thomas

No biographical info given.

Prof Colin Brown

No biographical info given.

Dr Colin McClean

No biographical info given.

Dr Dylan Childs

Dr Dylan Childs

The University of Sheffield

Life history theory – Characterising optimal reproductive strategies and components of selection in free-living populations.
Evolutionary demography – Application of evolutionary game theory (aka adaptive dynamics) to long-term demographic datasets.
Structured population modelling – Construction / parameterisation of accurate demographic models (e.g. integral projection models).
Host-parasite dynamics – Exploring the impact of environmental variation on dynamics (e.g. seasonal forcing in malaria)

Prof David Beerling

No biographical info given.

Dr Donatella Zona

No biographical info given.

Dr David Edwards

Dr David Edwards

The University of Sheffield

My research focuses on understanding the impacts of land-use change on tropical biodiversity. I am particularly interested in understanding the most effective ways of managing tropical landscapes for biodiversity protection and the mechanisms that can be used to fund protection, although I have a range of interests, including:
Impacts of logging management on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning;
Tropical agriculture and sustainability;
The interaction between climate change and land-use change on extinction risk;
Cost-effective conservation within the tropics;
Policy drivers of tropical forest protection, including REDD+ and sustainability labeling;
Mechanisms of maintenance in mutualism;

Dr David Atkinson

Dr David Atkinson

The University of Liverpool

My passion is ecological and biological synthesis that brings new understanding of impacts of climatic and other environmental perturbation on organisms and ecosystems.Our investigations focus particularly on the fundamental impacts of temperature, body size and resource flux on rates of biological processes at levels of organization ranging from individuals to ecosystems. These biological processes include individual resource uptake, growth, development, population growth, ecosystem respiration and photosynthesis. We work at the interface of ecology, evolution and physiology, and our approaches include advancing new theory, including a novel metabolic scaling theory; performing experiments on whole pond ecosystems and populations; and carrying out meta-analyses to quantify global trends.

Dr Daniel Chapman

No biographical info given.

Prof Douglas Yu

No biographical info given.

Dr David Rippin

Dr David Rippin

The University of York

My research interests are focussed on the controls on the dynamics of glaciers and ice-sheets, and the use of ground-based and airborne radio-echo sounding (RES) techniques in exploring englacial and subglacial environments. I also work on the thermal evolution of small Arctic glaciers, and is increasingly interested in supraglacial environments, and devising approaches for monitoring change in these locations.

Dr Elva Robinson

Dr Elva Robinson

I am a lecturer at the University of York, working on social behaviour. Social structure in animal groups affects how robust a population is to stresses such as disease, disturbance by humans, or habitat fragmentation. Effects of environmental change on animal social structure are challenging to study but have wide reaching implications for conservation and management. My research uses fieldwork, laboratory experiments and theoretical modelling. I use ants as a model system which can be manipulated at both the individual and group levels, allowing thorough exploration of the rules governing social behaviour and interaction with the environment.

Dr Francis Daunt

Dr Francis Daunt

Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
My main interests lie in understanding the drivers of change in seabird populations. North Sea seabirds have shown recent population declines, and my research aims to understand the effects of climate change, disease, fisheries and marine energy developments. My approach is to gain a detailed understanding of the intrinsic and extrinsic drivers of individual behaviour and physiology that determine demographic parameters.

Dr Gareth Fraser

Dr Gareth Fraser

The University of Sheffield

Evolution and development of jaws and teeth
Evolutionary history of vertebrate innovations
Genetic basis of morphological diversity
My research is focused on the evolution and development of morphological diversity in fishes. I am interested in a range of evo-devo models from cichlid fishes of Lake Malawi to the catshark. I investigate a range of themes (i) how genetic networks maintain the continuous production of teeth, (ii) genetic mechanisms affecting dental diversity, (iii) the evolution and development of the pharyngeal/branchial arches, and (iv) the evolution of sensory elaborations in early vertebrates

Dr Gareth Phoenix

Dr Gareth Phoenix

The University of Sheffield

In the Phoenix lab we study the interactions between plants and the environment, particularly in Arctic, northern boreal and upland ecosystems.

Our research includes the impacts of climate change (warming, extreme events, snow regime change, precipitation), UV-B radiation and pollution on ecosystem structure and function. We study the impacts on biodiversity, on cycling of carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus, and the consequences for feedback to climate (ecosystem carbon balance). We also aim to understand how responses observed at the vegetation/ecosystem level are driven by individual plant, root and leaf responses.

Dr Garry Hayman

No biographical info given.

Dr Gavin Thomas

No biographical info given.

Prof Greg Hurst

No biographical info given.

Prof Grant Bigg

No biographical info given.

Dr Ilik Saccheri

No biographical info given.

Prof Jon Slate

No biographical info given.

Dr James Chong

Dr James Chong

The University of York

Molecular biologist with an interest in (anaerobic) microbial communities. My group utilises a range of ‘omics methods to chart dynamic changes.

Dr Jamie Wood

No biographical info given.

Prof Jane Hill

Prof Jane Hill

The University of York

Jane’s research group studies the impacts of climate change and habitat loss on species, with fieldwork in Britain and Borneo. Jane’s Ph.D. examined migration in UK moths and her research has mainly focused on the environmental factors affecting population dynamics of butterflies and moths since then. After post-doc research in Birmingham, Leeds, and Durham Universities, Jane joined the University of York in 2001 and became Professor of Ecology in 2010. Current research projects are studying climate-driven range shifts of species at their leading-edge (i.e patterns of colonisation and range expansion) and trailing-edge range boundaries (i.e. local extinction rates), and the factors affecting species’ ability to respond to climate and habitat changes (including investigating evidence for evolutionary adaptation to climate). We are exploring potential methods for promoting adaptation of biodiversity to climate warming, for example by examining whether or not improving habitat connectivity will aid species’ range shifts and the role of Protected Areas. We are also exploring issues around the environmental sustainability of oil palm cultivation and testing certification standards.
Jane is a trustee of the SE Asia Rainforest Research Partnership, a trustee and member of Council of the British Ecological Society, and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society. She received a Marsh/ZSL Award for Conservation Biology in 2011. Jane is involved in promoting women in science and led the York Biology Department to an Athena SWAN Gold Award in 2014.

Prof Jane Hurst

The University of Liverpool

No biographical info given.

Dr Jenny Hodgson

Dr Jenny Hodgson

The University of Liverpool

I am a conservation biologist. I research how the spatial arrangement of land use and management affects the viability of species, and how climate change interacts with land use. I use a mixture of empirical and modelling approaches.

I serve as Early Career Researcher representative on the ACCE management board and I hope to represent the views of ECR supervisors in general. If you are an ECR and potential supervisor at any ACCE institution, please email me to be added to my mailing list.

Dr Jon Pitchford

No biographical info given.

Dr Jon Green

Dr Jon Green

The University of Liverpool

My research interests lie at the interface of the traditional disciplines of ecology, physiology and behaviour. My work focuses on seabirds, as these animals must adapt be adapted to two contrasting environments: the challenges of foraging in a big, deep, cold, dark, distant water body are very different to those that they face while breeding and moulting on land. Furthermore, both of these environments and their associated challenges change naturally on a seasonal and annual basis and are under anthropogenic threats from over-fishing, climate change and renewable energy developments.

Prof Jonathan Sharples

No biographical info given.

Dr Julia Blanchard

No biographical info given.

Dr Julia Ferrari

The University of York

No biographical info given.

Dr Karl Bates

The University of Liverpool

My research concentrates on the functional anatomy of terrestrial vertebrates, with particular focus on the locomotor system. My goal is to understand the links between morphology and limb biomechanics in order
 to better characterize how animals achieve their full range of habitual motions. This has led
 me to study a range of living tetrapods from primates to archosaurs in order to further our understanding of major evolutionary transitions in locomotor biomechanics.

Dr Kanchon Dasmahapatra

Dr Kanchon Dasmahapatra

The University of York

Research centres on understanding the process of speciation in heliconiine and ithomiine butterflies. Both groups of butterflies are found in the neotropics and are noted for the diversity of wing colour patterns found within species, as well as also for mimetic convergence of colour patterns between species (Müllarian mimicry).

Making use of the Heliconius melpomene reference genome, the current focus involves using high-throughput sequencing approaches to understand the speciation process at the scale of the genome. In particular we are investigating genome-wide patterns of divergence, adaptive introgression, and quantifying the amount of genomic exchange between species.

Dr Karl Evans

No biographical info given.

Dr Kate Parr

Dr Kate Parr

The University of Liverpool

I am a community ecologist with a particular interest in understanding how tropical grassy systems are structured, how they function and the best way to conserve them. Much of my work, and that of my research group, focuses on invertebrates – particularly social insects.

Dr Kathryn Arnold

Dr Kathryn Arnold

The University of York

Ecologist, working mainly on the behavioural and physiological responses of vertebrates to changes in the environment. My current research falls mainly into two areas: 1) the assessment of exposure to and effects of contaminants on wildlife and 2) the ecology of rural and urban birds. However, I also maintain an interest in the social behaviour of birds, insects, fish and manta rays.

Dr Kelly Redeker

No biographical info given.

Dr Kristiaan D’Août

Dr Kristiaan D’Août

The University of Liverpool

My overarching research interest is how animals (and primarily humans) move. That is very general, so in my work I focus on musculo-skeletal biomechanics, with evolutionary aspects always (at least) in the back of my mind.
I am particulary interested in the biomechanics of the healthy human shod and unshod foot.

Dr Lisa Emberson

No biographical info given.

Prof Mark Bateman

Prof Mark Bateman

The University of Sheffield

My high profile collaborative research focuses on past aeolian landscapes as an archive for better understanding past depositional processes and environmental changes. Three themes are centred around this:
– As aeolian deposits, both arid zone and cold-climate, are widespread in the Quaternary sedimentary record they can provide key data for understanding previous palaeoenvironmental conditions and inform the archaeological record;
– Novel applications of luminescence dating has allowed a better understanding of the integrity of preserved sandy sediments;
– Research is also currently trying to extend the application of luminescence dating to glacial and ice marginal sediments.

Dr Mirre Simons

No biographical info given.

Prof Mark Hodson

No biographical info given.

Prof Mike Begon

Prof Mike Begon

The University of Liverpool

The ecology of infectious diseases in wildlife populations, especially diseases transmisible to humans, both within the UK and worldwide (e.g. leptospirosis in Brazilian favelas and bubonic plague in Central Asia).

Prof Michael Brockhurst

Prof Michael Brockhurst

The University of York

Rapid contemporary evolution can have important applied consequences, and particularly so in microbes, whose short generation times and large populations potentiate high evolutionary rates. My lab employs a diversity of study systems and a broad range of approaches including laboratory experimental evolution, surveys of natural communities, analysis of clinical samples, next-generation sequencing, and mathematical modelling to address both pure and applied research questions in coevolution, diversification and adaptation.

Dr Nigel Dunnett

No biographical info given.

Dr Nicola Nadeau

Dr Nicola Nadeau

The University of Sheffield

The evolution and genetics of colour pattern variation
The genetic and developmental control of structural colours in animals
The process of divergence and speciation within the genome
The genetic analysis of natural hybrid zones to identify loci under selection.
I am interested in the genetic underpinnings of adaptive evolution, speciation and sexual selection in natural populations. The major focus of my current research is the evolution and genetics of convergent iridescent structural colour in Heliconius butterflies.

Dr. Nick Isaac

No biographical info given.

Dr Nathan Jeffery

No biographical info given.

Dr Oliver Craig

Dr Oliver Craig

The University of York

Specialises in biomolecular archaeology, i.e. the recovery of proteins, lipids and DNA from ancient skeletal remains and archaeological artefacts to provide insights into past human activities.
His particular interests lie in temporal transitions and variability in human diets, cuisine and subsistence practices and the impact that dietary changes had on social evolution, health and the environment.
Oliver is interested in combining a broad range of analytical techniques to study palaeodiet but particularly stable isotope analysis of human bone and organic residue analysis of food remains on ceramics.His research has focused on the analysis of materials from key prehistoric sites in Central and Eastern Europe and along the North East Atlantic, Baltic and Mediterranean coastlines.

Prof Owen Petchey

No biographical info given.

Prof Paul Blackwell

Prof Paul Blackwell

The University of Sheffield

I mainly work in Bayesian statistics; I am interested in the development of new models and methodology, particularly inference for random processes, driven by real applications which are primarily in ecology but also in environmental science, archaeology and other areas. I am also interested in stochastic modelling, statistics and simulation more generally, again often with ecological and environmental applications.

Prof Paula Stockley

Prof Paula Stockley

The University of Liverpool

My research aims to explain diversity in animal reproductive traits, with emphasis on mechanisms and evolutionary consequences of sperm competition and sexual selection, particularly in mammals. I also have broad interests in the fields of behavioural and evolutionary ecology relating to reproductive strategies, life history evolution and social behaviour. Current projects include experimental and comparative studies of ejaculate expenditure, copulatory behaviour, genital evolution, male mate choice and female competition. Multidisciplinary collaborations apply molecular and proteomics techniques to address evolutionary questions within these areas.

Prof Philip H Warren

No biographical info given.

Dr Peter Mayhew

The University of York

No biographical info given.

Prof J Peter W Young

No biographical info given.

Prof Piran White

No biographical info given.

Prof Rob Freckleton

Prof Rob Freckleton

The University of Sheffield

My research focuses on modelling population and community dynamics. I am particularly interested in large scale population dynamics, although have a range of interests, including:
Plant population ecology, modelling plant populations, modelling weed populations.
Evolutionary ecology, phylogenetic comparative methodology and its application to ecological problems.
Theoretical ecology, statistical methodology.

Dr Rob Bryant

No biographical info given.

Dr Bob Johnston

The University of Sheffield

My research focuses on the environmental histories of landscapes in the UK, with a specific interest in the uplands and the coastal fringe of northwest Wales. I am working with PhD students on late Holocene sea level change in north Cardigan Bay and the impacts of future climate change on estuarine landscapes of SW Snowdonia.

Prof Roger Butlin

Prof Roger Butlin

The University of Sheffield

My research is concerned primarily with the origin of barriers to gene exchange, especially the evolutionary genetics of reproductive isolation. I have used insect acoustic and chemical signals as model systems to investigate the controversial process of reinforcement, particularly in parapatry, and questions such as the inheritance of signal characters and the form of female preferences. I am currently working with hybrid zones in grasshoppers of the genus Chorthippus, and collaborating in projects on speciation in winkles (Littorina), and signal and response evolution in the Drosophila virilis group. Another area of research concerns the evolution of asexual reproduction using ostracods as models. I am interested in evolution at range margins and its implications for conservation genetics. Current projects use Arabidopsis lyrata and other models. I collaborate in studies of population structure and sexual segregation in bats, behaviour of zebrafish, ecology and evolution of mosquitoes and beetle phylogeography.

Dr Roberto Salguero-Gómez

Dr Roberto Salguero-Gómez

The University of Sheffield

NERC IRF at the Department of Animal & Plant Science of the University of Sheffield. He joined the faculty in 2016 as an NERC IRF. His research group (@SalGoTeam) focuses on understanding the mechanisms that constrain and diversify life history traits and life history strategies in animals and plants. His work uses a combination of approaches that include functional ecology, population ecology, comparative biology and formal demography.

2002: BSc Environmental Sciences, Univ Cadiz, Spain
2004: MSc Environmental Sciences, Univ Cadiz & Kingston Univ, UK
2011: Ph.D. Ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity, Univ Pennsylvania, USA

Dr Rhonda Snook

Dr Rhonda Snook

The University of Sheffield

Reproduction and development define life and therefore are fundamental to understanding the evolution of biodiversity. My primary research interest is the evolution of reproductive strategies, focussing on gamete evolution, fertilisation, sexual selection, and speciation. I have addressed these areas using Drosophila fruit flies as model systems. My lab uses a variety of different approaches to study reproductive strategies, including population and quantitative genetics, experimental evolution, and recently next generation sequencing, at both a population and landscape scales. Current projects include the evolution of postmating prezygotic reproductive isolation and how climate change may impact reproduction.

Prof Richard Shore

No biographical info given.

Prof Roland Gehrels

Prof Roland Gehrels

The University of York

I grew up in the Netherlands where I studied Quaternary Geology at the Free University in Amsterdam. I completed a PhD at the University of Maine in Geology in 1994 and continued my academic career as a sea-level scientist, first as a postdoc at Durham University, and then for 18 years at Plymouth University. In 2013 I accepted a Chair in Physical Geography at the University of York. In the past decade my research efforts have focussed primarily on the coupling of geological field evidence with tide-gauge observations to reconstruct historical sea-level changes using proxy methods. My main achievement is the reconstruction of the acceleration of sea-level rise during the first decades of the 20th century in sites around the North Atlantic and the Southwest Pacific. This work has led to the realisation that recent rapid sea-level changes occur on a global scale and are linked to global warming. In recent years my research has taken on a new societal dimension with relevance for sea-level predictions. An example of this is my involvement in the iGlass project (http://www.highstand.org/iglass) which represents an attempt to apply the sea-level reconstruction methods developed for Holocene intertidal sediments to earlier interglacial sequences, with direct implications for understanding the dynamics of ice sheets.

Prof Steven Banwart

No biographical info given.

Dr Stephen Livingstone

Dr Stephen Livingstone

My research interests are in reconstructing ice sheets and their dynamics from geological and geophysical evidence in both marine and terrestrial environments. They can be summarised as follows:

1. Investigating the drainage and storage of meltwater at the bed of (palaeo-)ice sheets.
2. The identification and investigation of landform-sediment assemblages and physical processes at the bed of palaeo-ice streams, and the controls governing their retreat.
4. Reconstructing the Late Quaternary history and dynamics of the last British-Irish Ice Sheet.

Prof Steve Paterson

No biographical info given.

Dr Samantha Patrick

No biographical info given.

Dr Stephen Cornell

Dr Stephen Cornell

The University of Liverpool

Member of the evolutionary ecology research group seek to understand ecological and evolutionary patterns in nature, and to understand the feedback between ecology and evolution. Our work is diverse in terms of the organisms we study, the questions we investigate, and the approaches we use.

Prof. Terry Burke

No biographical info given.

Dr Tom Webb

Dr Tom Webb

The University of Sheffield

My primary research interest is in the macroecology of marine ecosystems. In particular, I am interested in how and why marine biodiversity is unevenly distributed in space and time. This interest has led me into the realm of biodiversity informatics – using large databases of different facets of marine diversity in order to synthesise the state of knowledge of the world’s oceans. My research is currently focused on three major areas:
Global patterns and trends in marine biodiversity – interrogating, linking, and extracting trends from major biodiversity databases using novel statistical methods
Comparative analysis of marine and terrestrial ecosystems – to what extent does ecological theory generalise across realms?
Dynamics of UK marine systems – integrating data and models to understand the provision of ecosystem services from UK seas.

Dr Thomas Price

Dr Thomas Price

The University of Liverpool

My main focus is selfish genetic elements and the ways that conflicts within the genome of individuals impact on the development and behaviour of individuals, the survival of populations, and in changing species at the landscape scale. In particular, I work on meiotic drive- selfish X chromosomes that spread by killing Y chromosome sperm, causing all female broods and distorting the sex ratios of whole populations. I try to understand the mechanisms that underly these drivers, and their ecological and evolutionary impacts on sex, speciation and survival.

A second theme is why some females choose to mate with only one male in their life, while others may mate with dozens a day.

More broadly, I also work on sexual cannibalism in mantids and spiders with my ACCE student, Adam Fisher. I also collaborate with ACCE student Chloe Heys on trying to understand why parrots masturbate so much.

Dr Virpi Lummaa

No biographical info given.

Prof George Wolff

No biographical info given.

Dr Zen Lewis

No biographical info given.

Dr Andrew Beckerman

Dr Andrew Beckerman

The University of Sheffield

Evolutionary Ecologist and Conservation Biologist working at the interface of Genes, Populations, Food Webs…. and Parrots

Aquatic Communities
• Algae and Daphnia Defences, Predator Induced Phenotypic Plasticity
Food Webs
• Foraging Biology and the Structure and Complexity of Communities
Parrots
•Conservation and Demography of Amazon Parrots with the World Parrot Trust

Prof Andy Fenton

Prof Andy Fenton

The University of Liverpool

No biographical info given.

Prof Andrew Hodson

Prof Andrew Hodson

The University of Sheffield

Andy’s research largely takes places in the Arctic and Antarctica. Since climate warming signals can be so strong here, he considers the implications of ground thaw and glacier melt for the sensitive ecosystems that are often found at or near the ice margin. He also looks at the microbial ecosystems within the ice itself, since there are fewer habitats more vulnerable to the impacts of climate warming than ice and snow.

In the Arctic, Andy is currently leading a large European project funded via several national research councils (the Joint Programming Initiative). The emphasis of this project called “LowPerm” is the biogeochemical feedbacks associated with lowland permafrost thaw in the High Arctic. A video about the work that inspired this project can be seen here. http://lowperm.group.shef.ac.uk/

Dr Alistair Derby

Dr Alistair Derby

The University of Liverpool

Bioinformatics and Modelling
Evolutionary Ecology
Ecology, Evolution and Genomics of Infectious Disease
Microbiology

Dr Amy Pedersen

No biographical info given.

Dr Anu Thompson

No biographical info given.

Prof Ben Hatchwell

Prof Ben Hatchwell

The University of Sheffield

My principal research interest is in social evolution and reproductive strategies. The main approach of my research is to use field observations and experiments to test evolutionary theory.
Specific research interests and achievements include:
The ecological factors that promote the evolution of animal societies.
The influence of individual dispersal decisions on the genetic structure of populations and the consequences for cooperative behaviour.
The alternative reproductive strategies of individuals in cooperative groups and their fitness consequences.
Mechanisms of kin recognition in social animals.
Proximate and ultimate causes of variation in parental investment.
I am also interested in avian population ecology, including long-term studies of seabirds and the ecology of urban bird populations.

Dr Ben Woodcock

No biographical info given.

Dr Jakob Bro-Jorgensen

The University of Liverpool

No biographical info given.

Prof Carlos Peres

No biographical info given.

Prof Charles Wellman

Prof Charles Wellman

The University of Sheffield

My research addresses the highly topical and controversial problem of the origin and early evolution of land plants. My research integrates evidence from both fossil and living plants. Fossil evidence is in the form of early land plant megafossils and dispersed microfossils—spores and fragments. I am currently working on material from China, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Kazakhstan and Spitsbergen. I study living plants in order to interpret the earliest land plant fossils [specifically through: (i) cladistic analyses of evolutionary relationships; (ii) molecular clock analyses of evolutionary divergence times; (iii) analysis of physiological adaptations required for plants to invade the land (particularly Evo-Devo studies on the molecular genetics of spore/pollen wall development)]. I am also exploring the impact of the invasion of the land by plants on global change. This has led to research into developing a novel (and currently only) proxy for past UV-B radiation. In recent years I have also extended my research back in time to examine a previously neglected research area considering the ‘algal scum’ that inhabited the land before it was invaded by plants.

Prof Chris Evans

No biographical info given.

Prof Chris Thomas

No biographical info given.

Prof Colin Brown

No biographical info given.

Dr Colin McClean

No biographical info given.

Dr Dylan Childs

Dr Dylan Childs

The University of Sheffield

Life history theory – Characterising optimal reproductive strategies and components of selection in free-living populations.
Evolutionary demography – Application of evolutionary game theory (aka adaptive dynamics) to long-term demographic datasets.
Structured population modelling – Construction / parameterisation of accurate demographic models (e.g. integral projection models).
Host-parasite dynamics – Exploring the impact of environmental variation on dynamics (e.g. seasonal forcing in malaria)

Prof David Beerling

No biographical info given.

Dr Donatella Zona

No biographical info given.

Dr David Edwards

Dr David Edwards

The University of Sheffield

My research focuses on understanding the impacts of land-use change on tropical biodiversity. I am particularly interested in understanding the most effective ways of managing tropical landscapes for biodiversity protection and the mechanisms that can be used to fund protection, although I have a range of interests, including:
Impacts of logging management on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning;
Tropical agriculture and sustainability;
The interaction between climate change and land-use change on extinction risk;
Cost-effective conservation within the tropics;
Policy drivers of tropical forest protection, including REDD+ and sustainability labeling;
Mechanisms of maintenance in mutualism;

Dr David Atkinson

Dr David Atkinson

The University of Liverpool

My passion is ecological and biological synthesis that brings new understanding of impacts of climatic and other environmental perturbation on organisms and ecosystems.Our investigations focus particularly on the fundamental impacts of temperature, body size and resource flux on rates of biological processes at levels of organization ranging from individuals to ecosystems. These biological processes include individual resource uptake, growth, development, population growth, ecosystem respiration and photosynthesis. We work at the interface of ecology, evolution and physiology, and our approaches include advancing new theory, including a novel metabolic scaling theory; performing experiments on whole pond ecosystems and populations; and carrying out meta-analyses to quantify global trends.

Dr Daniel Chapman

No biographical info given.

Prof Douglas Yu

No biographical info given.

Dr David Rippin

Dr David Rippin

The University of York

My research interests are focussed on the controls on the dynamics of glaciers and ice-sheets, and the use of ground-based and airborne radio-echo sounding (RES) techniques in exploring englacial and subglacial environments. I also work on the thermal evolution of small Arctic glaciers, and is increasingly interested in supraglacial environments, and devising approaches for monitoring change in these locations.

Dr Elva Robinson

Dr Elva Robinson

I am a lecturer at the University of York, working on social behaviour. Social structure in animal groups affects how robust a population is to stresses such as disease, disturbance by humans, or habitat fragmentation. Effects of environmental change on animal social structure are challenging to study but have wide reaching implications for conservation and management. My research uses fieldwork, laboratory experiments and theoretical modelling. I use ants as a model system which can be manipulated at both the individual and group levels, allowing thorough exploration of the rules governing social behaviour and interaction with the environment.

Dr Francis Daunt

Dr Francis Daunt

Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
My main interests lie in understanding the drivers of change in seabird populations. North Sea seabirds have shown recent population declines, and my research aims to understand the effects of climate change, disease, fisheries and marine energy developments. My approach is to gain a detailed understanding of the intrinsic and extrinsic drivers of individual behaviour and physiology that determine demographic parameters.

Dr Gareth Fraser

Dr Gareth Fraser

The University of Sheffield

Evolution and development of jaws and teeth
Evolutionary history of vertebrate innovations
Genetic basis of morphological diversity
My research is focused on the evolution and development of morphological diversity in fishes. I am interested in a range of evo-devo models from cichlid fishes of Lake Malawi to the catshark. I investigate a range of themes (i) how genetic networks maintain the continuous production of teeth, (ii) genetic mechanisms affecting dental diversity, (iii) the evolution and development of the pharyngeal/branchial arches, and (iv) the evolution of sensory elaborations in early vertebrates

Dr Gareth Phoenix

Dr Gareth Phoenix

The University of Sheffield

In the Phoenix lab we study the interactions between plants and the environment, particularly in Arctic, northern boreal and upland ecosystems.

Our research includes the impacts of climate change (warming, extreme events, snow regime change, precipitation), UV-B radiation and pollution on ecosystem structure and function. We study the impacts on biodiversity, on cycling of carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus, and the consequences for feedback to climate (ecosystem carbon balance). We also aim to understand how responses observed at the vegetation/ecosystem level are driven by individual plant, root and leaf responses.

Dr Garry Hayman

No biographical info given.

Dr Gavin Thomas

No biographical info given.

Prof Greg Hurst

No biographical info given.

Prof Grant Bigg

No biographical info given.

Dr Ilik Saccheri

No biographical info given.

Prof Jon Slate

No biographical info given.

Dr James Chong

Dr James Chong

The University of York

Molecular biologist with an interest in (anaerobic) microbial communities. My group utilises a range of ‘omics methods to chart dynamic changes.

Dr Jamie Wood

No biographical info given.

Prof Jane Hill

Prof Jane Hill

The University of York

Jane’s research group studies the impacts of climate change and habitat loss on species, with fieldwork in Britain and Borneo. Jane’s Ph.D. examined migration in UK moths and her research has mainly focused on the environmental factors affecting population dynamics of butterflies and moths since then. After post-doc research in Birmingham, Leeds, and Durham Universities, Jane joined the University of York in 2001 and became Professor of Ecology in 2010. Current research projects are studying climate-driven range shifts of species at their leading-edge (i.e patterns of colonisation and range expansion) and trailing-edge range boundaries (i.e. local extinction rates), and the factors affecting species’ ability to respond to climate and habitat changes (including investigating evidence for evolutionary adaptation to climate). We are exploring potential methods for promoting adaptation of biodiversity to climate warming, for example by examining whether or not improving habitat connectivity will aid species’ range shifts and the role of Protected Areas. We are also exploring issues around the environmental sustainability of oil palm cultivation and testing certification standards.
Jane is a trustee of the SE Asia Rainforest Research Partnership, a trustee and member of Council of the British Ecological Society, and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society. She received a Marsh/ZSL Award for Conservation Biology in 2011. Jane is involved in promoting women in science and led the York Biology Department to an Athena SWAN Gold Award in 2014.

Prof Jane Hurst

The University of Liverpool

No biographical info given.

Dr Jenny Hodgson

Dr Jenny Hodgson

The University of Liverpool

I am a conservation biologist. I research how the spatial arrangement of land use and management affects the viability of species, and how climate change interacts with land use. I use a mixture of empirical and modelling approaches.

I serve as Early Career Researcher representative on the ACCE management board and I hope to represent the views of ECR supervisors in general. If you are an ECR and potential supervisor at any ACCE institution, please email me to be added to my mailing list.

Dr Jon Pitchford

No biographical info given.

Dr Jon Green

Dr Jon Green

The University of Liverpool

My research interests lie at the interface of the traditional disciplines of ecology, physiology and behaviour. My work focuses on seabirds, as these animals must adapt be adapted to two contrasting environments: the challenges of foraging in a big, deep, cold, dark, distant water body are very different to those that they face while breeding and moulting on land. Furthermore, both of these environments and their associated challenges change naturally on a seasonal and annual basis and are under anthropogenic threats from over-fishing, climate change and renewable energy developments.

Prof Jonathan Sharples

No biographical info given.

Dr Julia Blanchard

No biographical info given.

Dr Julia Ferrari

The University of York

No biographical info given.

Dr Karl Bates

The University of Liverpool

My research concentrates on the functional anatomy of terrestrial vertebrates, with particular focus on the locomotor system. My goal is to understand the links between morphology and limb biomechanics in order
 to better characterize how animals achieve their full range of habitual motions. This has led
 me to study a range of living tetrapods from primates to archosaurs in order to further our understanding of major evolutionary transitions in locomotor biomechanics.

Dr Kanchon Dasmahapatra

Dr Kanchon Dasmahapatra

The University of York

Research centres on understanding the process of speciation in heliconiine and ithomiine butterflies. Both groups of butterflies are found in the neotropics and are noted for the diversity of wing colour patterns found within species, as well as also for mimetic convergence of colour patterns between species (Müllarian mimicry).

Making use of the Heliconius melpomene reference genome, the current focus involves using high-throughput sequencing approaches to understand the speciation process at the scale of the genome. In particular we are investigating genome-wide patterns of divergence, adaptive introgression, and quantifying the amount of genomic exchange between species.

Dr Karl Evans

No biographical info given.

Dr Kate Parr

Dr Kate Parr

The University of Liverpool

I am a community ecologist with a particular interest in understanding how tropical grassy systems are structured, how they function and the best way to conserve them. Much of my work, and that of my research group, focuses on invertebrates – particularly social insects.

Dr Kathryn Arnold

Dr Kathryn Arnold

The University of York

Ecologist, working mainly on the behavioural and physiological responses of vertebrates to changes in the environment. My current research falls mainly into two areas: 1) the assessment of exposure to and effects of contaminants on wildlife and 2) the ecology of rural and urban birds. However, I also maintain an interest in the social behaviour of birds, insects, fish and manta rays.

Dr Kelly Redeker

No biographical info given.

Dr Kristiaan D’Août

Dr Kristiaan D’Août

The University of Liverpool

My overarching research interest is how animals (and primarily humans) move. That is very general, so in my work I focus on musculo-skeletal biomechanics, with evolutionary aspects always (at least) in the back of my mind.
I am particulary interested in the biomechanics of the healthy human shod and unshod foot.

Dr Lisa Emberson

No biographical info given.

Prof Mark Bateman

Prof Mark Bateman

The University of Sheffield

My high profile collaborative research focuses on past aeolian landscapes as an archive for better understanding past depositional processes and environmental changes. Three themes are centred around this:
– As aeolian deposits, both arid zone and cold-climate, are widespread in the Quaternary sedimentary record they can provide key data for understanding previous palaeoenvironmental conditions and inform the archaeological record;
– Novel applications of luminescence dating has allowed a better understanding of the integrity of preserved sandy sediments;
– Research is also currently trying to extend the application of luminescence dating to glacial and ice marginal sediments.

Dr Mirre Simons

No biographical info given.

Prof Mark Hodson

No biographical info given.

Prof Mike Begon

Prof Mike Begon

The University of Liverpool

The ecology of infectious diseases in wildlife populations, especially diseases transmisible to humans, both within the UK and worldwide (e.g. leptospirosis in Brazilian favelas and bubonic plague in Central Asia).

Prof Michael Brockhurst

Prof Michael Brockhurst

The University of York

Rapid contemporary evolution can have important applied consequences, and particularly so in microbes, whose short generation times and large populations potentiate high evolutionary rates. My lab employs a diversity of study systems and a broad range of approaches including laboratory experimental evolution, surveys of natural communities, analysis of clinical samples, next-generation sequencing, and mathematical modelling to address both pure and applied research questions in coevolution, diversification and adaptation.

Dr Nigel Dunnett

No biographical info given.

Dr Nicola Nadeau

Dr Nicola Nadeau

The University of Sheffield

The evolution and genetics of colour pattern variation
The genetic and developmental control of structural colours in animals
The process of divergence and speciation within the genome
The genetic analysis of natural hybrid zones to identify loci under selection.
I am interested in the genetic underpinnings of adaptive evolution, speciation and sexual selection in natural populations. The major focus of my current research is the evolution and genetics of convergent iridescent structural colour in Heliconius butterflies.

Dr. Nick Isaac

No biographical info given.

Dr Nathan Jeffery

No biographical info given.

Dr Oliver Craig

Dr Oliver Craig

The University of York

Specialises in biomolecular archaeology, i.e. the recovery of proteins, lipids and DNA from ancient skeletal remains and archaeological artefacts to provide insights into past human activities.
His particular interests lie in temporal transitions and variability in human diets, cuisine and subsistence practices and the impact that dietary changes had on social evolution, health and the environment.
Oliver is interested in combining a broad range of analytical techniques to study palaeodiet but particularly stable isotope analysis of human bone and organic residue analysis of food remains on ceramics.His research has focused on the analysis of materials from key prehistoric sites in Central and Eastern Europe and along the North East Atlantic, Baltic and Mediterranean coastlines.

Prof Owen Petchey

No biographical info given.

Prof Paul Blackwell

Prof Paul Blackwell

The University of Sheffield

I mainly work in Bayesian statistics; I am interested in the development of new models and methodology, particularly inference for random processes, driven by real applications which are primarily in ecology but also in environmental science, archaeology and other areas. I am also interested in stochastic modelling, statistics and simulation more generally, again often with ecological and environmental applications.

Prof Paula Stockley

Prof Paula Stockley

The University of Liverpool

My research aims to explain diversity in animal reproductive traits, with emphasis on mechanisms and evolutionary consequences of sperm competition and sexual selection, particularly in mammals. I also have broad interests in the fields of behavioural and evolutionary ecology relating to reproductive strategies, life history evolution and social behaviour. Current projects include experimental and comparative studies of ejaculate expenditure, copulatory behaviour, genital evolution, male mate choice and female competition. Multidisciplinary collaborations apply molecular and proteomics techniques to address evolutionary questions within these areas.

Prof Philip H Warren

No biographical info given.

Dr Peter Mayhew

The University of York

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Prof J Peter W Young

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Prof Piran White

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Prof Rob Freckleton

Prof Rob Freckleton

The University of Sheffield

My research focuses on modelling population and community dynamics. I am particularly interested in large scale population dynamics, although have a range of interests, including:
Plant population ecology, modelling plant populations, modelling weed populations.
Evolutionary ecology, phylogenetic comparative methodology and its application to ecological problems.
Theoretical ecology, statistical methodology.

Dr Rob Bryant

No biographical info given.

Dr Bob Johnston

The University of Sheffield

My research focuses on the environmental histories of landscapes in the UK, with a specific interest in the uplands and the coastal fringe of northwest Wales. I am working with PhD students on late Holocene sea level change in north Cardigan Bay and the impacts of future climate change on estuarine landscapes of SW Snowdonia.

Prof Roger Butlin

Prof Roger Butlin

The University of Sheffield

My research is concerned primarily with the origin of barriers to gene exchange, especially the evolutionary genetics of reproductive isolation. I have used insect acoustic and chemical signals as model systems to investigate the controversial process of reinforcement, particularly in parapatry, and questions such as the inheritance of signal characters and the form of female preferences. I am currently working with hybrid zones in grasshoppers of the genus Chorthippus, and collaborating in projects on speciation in winkles (Littorina), and signal and response evolution in the Drosophila virilis group. Another area of research concerns the evolution of asexual reproduction using ostracods as models. I am interested in evolution at range margins and its implications for conservation genetics. Current projects use Arabidopsis lyrata and other models. I collaborate in studies of population structure and sexual segregation in bats, behaviour of zebrafish, ecology and evolution of mosquitoes and beetle phylogeography.

Dr Roberto Salguero-Gómez

Dr Roberto Salguero-Gómez

The University of Sheffield

NERC IRF at the Department of Animal & Plant Science of the University of Sheffield. He joined the faculty in 2016 as an NERC IRF. His research group (@SalGoTeam) focuses on understanding the mechanisms that constrain and diversify life history traits and life history strategies in animals and plants. His work uses a combination of approaches that include functional ecology, population ecology, comparative biology and formal demography.

2002: BSc Environmental Sciences, Univ Cadiz, Spain
2004: MSc Environmental Sciences, Univ Cadiz & Kingston Univ, UK
2011: Ph.D. Ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity, Univ Pennsylvania, USA

Dr Rhonda Snook

Dr Rhonda Snook

The University of Sheffield

Reproduction and development define life and therefore are fundamental to understanding the evolution of biodiversity. My primary research interest is the evolution of reproductive strategies, focussing on gamete evolution, fertilisation, sexual selection, and speciation. I have addressed these areas using Drosophila fruit flies as model systems. My lab uses a variety of different approaches to study reproductive strategies, including population and quantitative genetics, experimental evolution, and recently next generation sequencing, at both a population and landscape scales. Current projects include the evolution of postmating prezygotic reproductive isolation and how climate change may impact reproduction.

Prof Richard Shore

No biographical info given.

Prof Roland Gehrels

Prof Roland Gehrels

The University of York

I grew up in the Netherlands where I studied Quaternary Geology at the Free University in Amsterdam. I completed a PhD at the University of Maine in Geology in 1994 and continued my academic career as a sea-level scientist, first as a postdoc at Durham University, and then for 18 years at Plymouth University. In 2013 I accepted a Chair in Physical Geography at the University of York. In the past decade my research efforts have focussed primarily on the coupling of geological field evidence with tide-gauge observations to reconstruct historical sea-level changes using proxy methods. My main achievement is the reconstruction of the acceleration of sea-level rise during the first decades of the 20th century in sites around the North Atlantic and the Southwest Pacific. This work has led to the realisation that recent rapid sea-level changes occur on a global scale and are linked to global warming. In recent years my research has taken on a new societal dimension with relevance for sea-level predictions. An example of this is my involvement in the iGlass project (http://www.highstand.org/iglass) which represents an attempt to apply the sea-level reconstruction methods developed for Holocene intertidal sediments to earlier interglacial sequences, with direct implications for understanding the dynamics of ice sheets.

Prof Steven Banwart

No biographical info given.

Dr Stephen Livingstone

Dr Stephen Livingstone

My research interests are in reconstructing ice sheets and their dynamics from geological and geophysical evidence in both marine and terrestrial environments. They can be summarised as follows:

1. Investigating the drainage and storage of meltwater at the bed of (palaeo-)ice sheets.
2. The identification and investigation of landform-sediment assemblages and physical processes at the bed of palaeo-ice streams, and the controls governing their retreat.
4. Reconstructing the Late Quaternary history and dynamics of the last British-Irish Ice Sheet.

Prof Steve Paterson

No biographical info given.

Dr Samantha Patrick

No biographical info given.

Dr Stephen Cornell

Dr Stephen Cornell

The University of Liverpool

Member of the evolutionary ecology research group seek to understand ecological and evolutionary patterns in nature, and to understand the feedback between ecology and evolution. Our work is diverse in terms of the organisms we study, the questions we investigate, and the approaches we use.

Prof. Terry Burke

No biographical info given.

Dr Tom Webb

Dr Tom Webb

The University of Sheffield

My primary research interest is in the macroecology of marine ecosystems. In particular, I am interested in how and why marine biodiversity is unevenly distributed in space and time. This interest has led me into the realm of biodiversity informatics – using large databases of different facets of marine diversity in order to synthesise the state of knowledge of the world’s oceans. My research is currently focused on three major areas:
Global patterns and trends in marine biodiversity – interrogating, linking, and extracting trends from major biodiversity databases using novel statistical methods
Comparative analysis of marine and terrestrial ecosystems – to what extent does ecological theory generalise across realms?
Dynamics of UK marine systems – integrating data and models to understand the provision of ecosystem services from UK seas.

Dr Thomas Price

Dr Thomas Price

The University of Liverpool

My main focus is selfish genetic elements and the ways that conflicts within the genome of individuals impact on the development and behaviour of individuals, the survival of populations, and in changing species at the landscape scale. In particular, I work on meiotic drive- selfish X chromosomes that spread by killing Y chromosome sperm, causing all female broods and distorting the sex ratios of whole populations. I try to understand the mechanisms that underly these drivers, and their ecological and evolutionary impacts on sex, speciation and survival.

A second theme is why some females choose to mate with only one male in their life, while others may mate with dozens a day.

More broadly, I also work on sexual cannibalism in mantids and spiders with my ACCE student, Adam Fisher. I also collaborate with ACCE student Chloe Heys on trying to understand why parrots masturbate so much.

Dr Virpi Lummaa

No biographical info given.

Prof George Wolff

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Dr Zen Lewis

No biographical info given.