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Samraat Pawar  •  Email  •  CV  •  Website  • 


I am currently Reader (equivalent to Associate Professor) in the Department of Life Sciences at Imperial College London (Silwood Park campus). I am mainly interested in developing general mathematical models using quantitative insights from (especially, macro-ecological) patterns. I am particularly interested in biomechanical constraints on individual energetics (temperature-dependence and body size-scaling , a la Ecological Metabolic Theory), and how these then act, through species interactions, as constraints on the emergent dynamics and function of complex ecological systems (especially, ecosystems and vector-borne disease transmission systems).


Alexander Christensen (PhD Student)  •  Email  •  CV  •  Website


My PhD builds on recent advances in computational modelling tools, and our growing understanding that the dynamical systems driving ocean microbial ecology are complex, multifaceted and require us to model activity on an wide range of spatial scales. I am working towards a very large ecological model driven by Lagrangian particle tracking, and explicitly incorporating individual (or small-group) particle behaviours. I hope to be able to capture small scale subtleties whose effects reverberate across the wider microbial ecosystem, eventually incorporating interactions between other trophic levels and other extensions to the model. My background is in mathematics, with particular interest in dynamical systems and applications to biological modelling. I also have some research experience working with statistical earthquake forecast models and machine learning algorithms for medical diagnosis.


Tom Clegg (PhD Student)  •  Email  •  CV  •   • 


I am interested in how ecosystem properties such as stability and functioning emerge from the structure and dynamics of species interactions. My PhD uses theoretical models and empirical data to examine the effects of temperature on ecosystem carbon flux, scaling individual thermal responses to the ecosystem level. Specifically I use metabolic theory and classic food web approaches to assess the effects of dynamics on this process. I am also supervised by Prof Guy Woodward and Dan Goodman.


Jacob Cook (PhD Student)  •  Email  •  CV  • 


My research is broadly aimed at developing novel models of complicated ecological systems. In my PhD I have attempted to do this by incorporating non-equilibrium thermodynamics into traditional microbial ecological models, so that fundamental constraints on the dynamics of microbial ecosystems can be better understood. Prior to this I worked on testing the validity of the maximum entropy production principle for simple ecosystem models. Due to the focus on stochastic thermodynamics I am co-supervised by Robert Endres from the biological physics group.


Paul Huxley (PhD Student)  •  Email  •  CV


My PhD focuses on the potential impacts of environmental change on vector-borne disease dynamics. Traditional epidemiological models tend not to account for vector biology or ecology. My work addresses this by investigating functional vector traits, and establishing the extent to which individual variation within populations is influenced by environmental factors, such as changes in temperature and diet. Trait variation may play an important role in determining the ability of mosquitoes, for example, to transmit potentially fatal diseases to humans and wildlife.

These research areas are brought together by an overarching interest in contributing to our understanding of global environmental change, and its impacts on human and ecosystem health. I’m excited to collaborate with my peers, experienced academics and staff within the Grantham Institute, Public Health and Life Sciences in order to meet this challenge.


Olivia Morris (PhD Student)  •  Email  •  CV


My PhD project aims to improve upon current salmonid population models by incorporating metabolic theory to population genetics, habitat, movement, dietary data and survival, with the aim to determine the key intrinsic drivers of salmon population dynamics and understand how a species is influenced by its environment. This will then be developed to model different conservation and management techniques at different stages in the life-cycle in order to benefit salmon populations. I am co-supervised by james Rosindell and Guy Woodward.


Pablo Lechon (Research Assistant)  •  Email  •  CV  • 


I am interested in theoretical approaches to microbial ecology. Particularly I am currently working on microbial community coalescence, the process by which two microbial communities previously isolated, come together and mix. What drives the outcome of this process? How does it depend on the type and strength of interactions between the species forming the community? Ultimately, community coalescence is a tool to inspect a deeper, and yet unsolved question in microbial ecology: community assembly.


Miles Nesbit (Research Assistant)  •  Email  •  CV


I received my Bachelors of Science in Biology from the University of Florida. During that time I researched in vitro rearing and artificial diets of Varroa destructor mites. I also studied spatial ecology of native pollinators. At Imperial, my interests are in Metabolic Theory; specifically in "r" and "K" selected species and their inherent trade-offs.


Danica Duan (Masters Student)  •  Email  •  CV


I am interested in microbial communities. My Master’s project here focuses on modelling temperature effects on microbial carbon use efficiency and community diversity. In the past I have worked on monitoring and analysing the impacts of environmental perturbations on bacterial communities in lab and field studies.


Jingkai Sun (Masters Student)  •  Email  •  CV  •  Website  • 


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Alumni

Emma Cavan (ex-Postdoc)  •  Email  •  Website  •   • 

Bernardo García-Carreras (ex-Postdoc)  •  Email  •  Website

Sofía Sal Bregua (ex-Postdoc)  •  Email  •  Website

Hsi-Cheng Ho (ex-PhD Student)  •  Email  • 

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