We are the Biodiversity Science and Policy Group, based in the Department of Zoology, Oxford and the Department of Life Sciences, Imperial College.

We apply cutting-edge techniques from a range of biological disciplines to tackle the challenge of understanding and conserving biodiversity, and building socio-ecological resilience in a warming world. On the pure science side, we use experimental field studies in conjunction with regional and global comparative analyses to address three general topics: How do new species evolve? What determines how lineages and traits assemble into ecological communities? And, how can these insights help us to understand and manage the response of ecosystems to environmental change? On the applied side, we work with decision makers in government and business to bring the value of biodiversity and ecosystem services to the centre of the sustainable development agenda, with a particular focus on nature-based solutions to climate change adaptation.


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Recent Publications

  • Cooney C, Tobias, JA, Weir J, Botero C, Seddon N (2017) Sexual selection, speciation, and constraints on geographical range overlap in birds. Ecology Letters. In press.
  • Seddon N, Mace GM, Naeem S, Tobias JA, Pigot AL, Cavanagh RD, Mouillot D, Vause J, Walpole M (2016) Biodiversity in the Anthropocene: prospects and policy. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Special Feature 283: 20162094.
  • Bregman TP, Lees AC, MacGregor HEA, et al. (2016) Using avian functional traits to assess the impact of land-cover change on ecosystem processes linked to resilience in tropical forests. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 283: 09628452
  • Seddon N, Hou-Jones X, Pye T, Reid H, Roe D, Mountain D, Raza Rizvi A (2016) Ecosystem-based approaches to adaptation: a win-win formula for sustainable development in a warming world? IIED Briefing
  • Pigot AL, Trisos CH, Tobias JA (2016) Functional traits reveal the expansion and packing of ecological niche space underlying an elevational diversity gradient in passerine birds, Proceedings of the Royal Society B 283: 09628452
  • Pigot AL, Tobias JA, Jetz W (2016) Energetic Constraints on Species Coexistence in Birds, Plos Biology 14: 15457885