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

We are interested in applying 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 science side, we use experimental, lab and field studies in conjunction with regional and global comparative analyses to address three general topics: How do new species and phenotypes 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 policy side, we are working with policy makers and practitioners to bring understanding of the value of biodiversity to the heart of decision making, with a particular focus on nature-based solutions to climate change adaptation.


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Recent Publications

  • 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 (1844), 20162094.
  • Pigot AL, Tobias JA, Jetz W (2016) Energetic Constraints on Species Coexistence in Birds, Plos Biology, Vol:14, ISSN:1545-7885

  • 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.
  • Cooney CR, Seddon N, Tobias JA, 2016, Widespread correlations between climatic niche evolution and species diversification in birds., J Anim Ecol
  • 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-biological Sciences, Vol:283, ISSN:0962-8452
  • Edwards, D.P., Tobias, J.A., Sheil, D., Meijaard, E., Laurance, W.F. (2014) Maintaining ecosystem function and services in logged tropical forests. Trends Ecol. Evol. 29: 511–520. | Read paper
  • Tobias, J.A., Planque, R., Cram, D., Seddon, N. (2014) Species interactions and the structure of complex communication networks. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science 111: 1020–1025. | Read paper
  • Tobias, J.A., Cornwallis, C.K., Derryberry, E.P., Claramunt, S., Brumfield, R.T., Seddon, N. (2014) Species coexistence and the dynamics of phenotypic evolution in adaptive radiation. Nature 506, 359–363. | Read paper | Press release | Quanta