Lecturer in Evolutionary Biology & Macroecology
School of Biological Sciences
Queen’s University Belfast
19 Chlorine Gardens
Belfast, BT9 5DL
Phone: +44(0)28 9097 2967
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Evolutionary biologist and macroecologist, interested in the links between evolutionary theory and large-scale patterns of biodiversity. His research investigates the ecological sources of natural selection that drive the origin, distribution and extinctions of biodiversity at broad spatial and temporal scales.
Daniel is primarily interested in vertebrate model systems (mostly amphibians and reptiles), and is the Head of the Global Amphibian Biodiversity Project (GABiP) initiative and a scientific member of the Global Assessment of Reptile Distributions (GARD) initiative.
Florencia is a spatial ecologist and data-scientist interested in the macroecological organisation of biodiversity and in the promotion of an open-access culture for scientific data. Her work has investigated the macroecology of biodiversity hotspots and their threat in Uruguay.
She is the founder and leading researcher behind the Biodiversidata initiative - the first systematic and open-access database of the biodiversity of Uruguay.
Florencia has secured a Postdoctoral Fellowship to join Petr Keil's lab at the Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague (starting 2021).
PhD Evolution & Ecology (2017-2021)
Funded by the High Commission of India
Ecologist interested in the global-scale patterns of pollinator species biodiversity, and in the drivers underlying these patterns. His PhD aims to generate a large dataset encompassing all species of pollinators across the animal Tree of Life. This remarkable resource is being used to gain an understanding of the distribution of pollinator species, and to develop quantitative predictions about the effects that both historical and modern changes in the climate exert on these patterns of biodiversity.
Jack V. Johnson
PhD Biological Sciences (2019-2022)
Funded by the Department of Economy (DfE), Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Jack is a marine biologist interested in the global ecology of coral reefs and their anthropogenic declines. His research investigates macroecological patterns of coral bleaching to identify areas of refugia from climate change. Using a combination of global datasets and fieldwork, Jack aims to understand the drivers of large-scale bleaching processes, and the potential consequences for coral reef environments.
Cat is an ecologist interested in the drivers of biodiversity extinctions in the Anthropocene at global scale.
Her current project aims to elucidate the combinations of traits that predispose species to extinction risk when interacting with the environment, using the world's amphibians as model systems. Cat is a scientific member of the Global Amphibian Biodiversity Project (GABiP).
Mauricio is a biologist specialised in herpetology. His interests are focused on the taxonomy, biodiversity, and ecology of reptiles and amphibians. His research has mostly focused on the herpetological diversity of the Andes and Southwestern Amazon in South America. His PhD project aims to investigate the role that a number of functional traits have played in the exceptional diversification of lizards of the family Liolaemidae.
Mauricio is enrolled in the PhD programme in Ecology of Arid Zones at Universidad de La Serena in Chile, where he works under the primary supervision of Dr Rodrigo Ríos, and is a member of the MacroBiodiversity Lab under the co-supervision of Daniel.
Lilly P. Harvey
PhD Student and Academic Associate Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University
Senior Research Scientist, Global Amphibian Biodiversity Project (GABiP)
Ecologist and conservation biologist interested in the macroecology of species distributions. She is also interested in data-science and in the application of machine learning to the understanding of factor networks that enhance extinction risk among amphibians globally. In the past, she has also worked on the ecology of adaptive radiations in South American lizards.
Head of the Division of Vertebrate Zoology, National Museum of Natural History of Chile
Editor-in-Chief Bulletin National Museum of Natural History of Chile
Jhoann is an expert in mammals, particularly the very large ones (cetaceans) and the very small ones (rodents) - but also in other vertebrates. He is interested in the biogeography, systematics, ecology and macroecology of traits in these organisms.
As the Head of the Division of Vertebrate Zoology at the National Museum of Natural History in Chile, he has become a core scientific collaborator on the GABiP initiative.
Hall of Fame - Alumni
Laura Deacon, MSc Evolution & Ecology, University of Lincoln, UK (2015)
Tatjana Hoehfurtner, MSc Evolution & Ecology, University of Lincoln, UK (2015)
Adam Brett, BSc Biology, University of Lincoln, UK (2015)
Alesha Dahir, BSc Biology, University of Lincoln, UK (2015)
Daniel Messer, BSc Biology, University of Lincoln, UK (2015)
Topaz Reid, BSc Biology, University of Lincoln, UK (2015)
Kimberley Unkin, BSc Biology, University of Lincoln, UK (2015)
Katherine Beadle, BSc Biology, University of Lincoln, UK (2014)
Laura Mack, BSc Bioveterinary Sciences, University of Lincoln UK (2014)
Sophie Wild, BSc Bioveterinary Sciences, University of Lincoln UK (2014)
Valerie Jones, BSc Animal Behaviour Sciences, University of Lincoln, UK (2013)
Rhianna Larner, BSc Animal Behaviour Sciences, University of Lincoln, UK (2013)