Academic Staff

Our research in Biodiversity and Ecology involves inter-disciplinary collaborations between the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences and the School of Biosciences. Academic Staff working in this area include:

Dr Florian Busch

Dr Florian Busch

Lecturer

School of Biosciences

Dr Florian Busch is a theoretical and experimental plant physiologist interested in all aspects of photosynthesis. His focus is on linking different photosynthetic processes with mathematical models to study the biochemical limitations of carbon fixation and to gain a quantitative understanding of how plant carbon uptake responds to changes in the environment.

Email
f.a.busch@bham.ac.uk

Dr Juliano Sarmento Cabral

Dr Juliano Sarmento Cabral

Associate Professor for Biodiversity Modelling and Environmental Change

School of Biosciences

Dr. Juliano Sarmento Cabral is one of the world’s experts in mechanistic modelling of eco-evolutionary biodiversity dynamics. He and his team have developed several mechanistic and process-based models for plant and animal populations, communities, and species ranges to demonstrate, for example, how ecological and genetic traits are both under selection under environmental change and how ...

Email
j.sarmentocabral@bham.ac.uk

Dr Adriane Esquivel Muelbert

Dr Adriane Esquivel Muelbert

Lecturer in Global Forest Ecology

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Adriane Esquivel Muelbert investigates how forests respond to different global change forces and what the implications of these responses are on biodiversity and global biogeochemical cycles. Her work demonstrates the importance of drought tolerance in shaping diversity and composition across Neotropical tree communities and provides evidence that Amazonian forests are changing as a ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 8306
Email
a.esquivelmuelbert@bham.ac.uk

Dr Laura Graham

Dr Laura Graham

Birmingham Fellow
IIASA-NERC Research Fellow

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Laura Graham is a computational and spatial ecologist interested in understanding how anthropogenic changes such as climate and land-use change affect global ecosystems, and how this in turn affects human well-being. Read more about Laura’s research at laurajanegraham.github.io. 

Laura is currently working on the IIASA-NERC funded fellowship A complex-systems approach to improve ...

Email
l.graham@bham.ac.uk

Dr Scott Hayward

Dr Scott Hayward

Senior Lecturer - Molecular Ecophysiology

School of Biosciences

Dr Hayward’s research group seeks to understand how organisms cope with variable and stressful environments. Temperate, polar and tropical terrestrial invertebrates (insects, mites and nematodes) are the primary focus of this endeavour. His lab uses state-of-the-art tools, and a systems biology approach, to investigate how these organisms detect, repair and stabilize the cellular and ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 41 47147
Email
s.a.hayward@bham.ac.uk

Dr Shan Huang

Dr Shan Huang

Assistant Professor in Paleobiology

Dr Huang is a macroecologist interested in understanding broad-scale biodiversity dynamics in space and time, particularly about the role of history in shaping the biota. Her primary research approach is to synthesize large data sets of both extinct and extant organismal systems and their environmental templates to investigate processes that give rise to the dramatic temporal and spatial ...

Email
s.huang.7@bham.ac.uk

Dr Tom Matthews

Dr Tom Matthews

Senior Research Fellow / Senior Lecturer

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Tom Matthews is a Senior Research Fellow who researches global environmental change issues using macroecological, macroevolutionary and biogeographical approaches. He applies a mixture of theoretical and empirical methods to investigate various macroecological topics. He has a keen interest in island systems and birds, and has published two recent books on species–area relationships ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 415 8388
Email
t.j.matthews@bham.ac.uk

Dr Thomas Pugh

Dr Thomas Pugh

Reader in Biosphere-Atmosphere Exchange

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Tom Pugh is a scientist interested in interactions and feedbacks between the terrestrial biosphere and the global climate system, which he primarily investigates using computer models and big data synthesis. Read more about Tom's research at bioatmo.wordpress.com.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 8306
Email
t.a.m.pugh@bham.ac.uk

Dr Jim Reynolds

Dr Jim Reynolds

Assistant Professor in Ornithology and Animal Conservation

School of Biosciences

Dr Jim Reynolds has worked on the reproductive biology and the nutritional ecology of birds from many different and diverse orders including passerines, geese, grouse, kingfishers and terns. He has worked in North America and in mainland Europe in investigating how human activity influences food availability and the resulting changes in avian reproductive investment and life histories. He employs ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 41 43639
Email
j.reynolds.2@bham.ac.uk

Professor Jon Sadler

Professor Jon Sadler

Professor of Biogeography

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Jon Sadler is a biogeographer and ecologist whose research focuses on species population and assemblage dynamics in animals (sometimes plants). His work is highly interdisciplinary, bisecting biogeography, ecology, urban design, riparian management and island Biogeography. It uses approaches that combine detailed field studies, field and laboratory experimentation, sometimes with social science ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 41 45776
Email
j.p.sadler@bham.ac.uk