The Biology department at Queen Mary focusses on ecological, evolutionary and developmental processes, at the scale of DNA up to ecosystems. We have particular research strengths in Evolution and Development, and in Community Ecology and Ecosystems, and we teach in these areas at Foundation, BSc, MSc and PhD levels.
Evolution and Development
We are working to understand the genetic, evolutionary and functional changes that underpin population structure, adaptation, development and behaviour. For this we combine a variety of methodological approaches, from high-throughput sequencing and microscopy to computer modeling.
The impact of our research includes: the conservation management of loggerhead turtles in Cape Verde; the development of policy to reduce the spread of disease in wild plants, especially of ash dieback, acute oak decline and emerald ash borer; the localization of disease hotspots that can be used to target health interventions; and the establishment of a new National Park in Tanzania.
Community Ecology and Ecosystems
We study the organisation and function of ecosystems, both in terrestrial and aquatic environments. Our research covers a broad range of scales, from individuals and populations, to communities and global biogeochemical cycles. We employ multi-disciplinary approaches that include metagenomics, mass spectrometry, field ecology and theoretical modeling.
The impact of our research includes: work to measure the effectiveness of Glastir Advanced, a location-targeted, cost-effective sustainable land management scheme in Wales; development of a new UK River Invertebrate Classification Tool (RICT), now being used by the Scottish government to manage sediment pollution, and; the development of Typical Length (TyL) indicator, to underpin an “ecosystem approach” to fisheries management.
|Buggs, Prof. Richard||Professor of Evolutionary Genomics||Biology||Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics||Tree, Genomics, Ash Dieback, Evolution, Ecology, Genetics|
|Clare, Dr Elizabeth||Senior Lecturer||Biology||Microbial and Network Ecology||Ecological Genomics, Molecular Food Webs, Bats, Mammals, Systematics, Species Interactions|
|de Mendoza, Dr Alex||Lecturer In Bioinformatics (T&R)||Biology||Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics||Evolution, Genetics, Epigenetics, Comparative Genomics, Molecular Biology, Bioinformatics|
|dos Reis Barros, Dr Mario||Senior Lecturer, Nanchang Joint Programme||Biology||Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics||Computational biology, Evolution, Molecular Evolution, Phylogenetics, Population Genetics|
|Eizaguirre, Dr Christophe||Reader, Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes||Biology||Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics||Aquatic Ecology, Climate Change, Conservation Genetics, Evolutionary Ecology, Fish, Marine Turtles|
|Elphick, Prof. Maurice||Professor of Physiology and Neuroscience||Biology||Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics||Physiology, Neuroscience, Evolution, Neuropeptide, Echinoderm, Cannabinoid|
|Eyice-Broadbent, Dr Ozge||Lecturer in Molecular Microbial Ecology||Biology||Microbial and Network Ecology||Microbial ecology - Biogeochemistry - Ecosystem function - Microbial diversity|
|Frantz, Dr Laurent||Senior Lecturer in Molecular Genetics/Informatics (on the Nanchang Joint Programme)||Biology||Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics||Evolution, Genetics, Speciation, Domestication|
|Henry, Dr Lee||Senior Lecturer||Biology||Microbial and Network Ecology||Bacterial symbiosis, Insect ecology and evolution, Evolutionary genetics, Molecular evolution, Adaptation, Microbial ecology|
|Hurd, Dr Paul||Senior Lecturer in Epigenetics||Biology||Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics||Epigenetics, Genetics, Genomics, Phenotype, Environment|
|Jones, Dr Iwan||Head of the River Communities Group||Biology||Microbial and Network Ecology||Freshwater Ecology, Community Structure, Food Webs, Invertabrates, Algae, Plants|
|Knell, Dr Robert||Reader in Evolutionary Ecology||Biology||Microbial and Network Ecology||Ecology, Evolution, Infectious Disease, Parasite, Immunity, Sexual Selection|
|Kratina, Dr Pavel||Senior Lecturer in Ecology||Biology||Microbial and Network Ecology||Aquatic Ecology, Food Webs, Climate Change, Ecosystem Function, Conservation, Evolutionary Ecology|
|Leitch, Prof. Andrew||Professor of Plant Genetics||Biology||Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics||Polyploidy, Cytogenetics, Plant Genomics, Stoichiogenomics, Nicotiana, Ecology, Evolution|
|Martin-Duran, Dr Chema||Senior Lecturer in Organismal Biology||Biology||Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics||Evolution, Developmental Biology, Animal Development|
|Nichols, Prof. Richard||Professor of Evolutionary Genetics||Biology||Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics||Genetics, Evolution, Virology, Genomics|
|Rossberg, Dr Axel||Reader in Theoretical Ecology||Biology||Microbial and Network Ecology||Aquatic - ecology - Biodiversity - Community structure - Food webs - Conservation - Spatial patterns - Mathematical models|
|Rossiter, Prof. Stephen||Professor, Head of Biology Department||Biology||Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics||Evolution, Ecology, Genomics, Genetics, Mammals, Bats|
|Schofield, Dr Gail||Lecturer in Aquatic Ecology||Biology||Microbial and Network Ecology||Animal Movement, Behavioural Ecology, Population Ecology, Science-based Management, Conservation, Anthropogenic Disturbance, Climate Change|
|Stollewerk, Dr Angelika||Reader in Evolutionary Developmental Biology||Biology||Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics||Neurobiology, Evolution, Arthropods, Neurogenesis, Neural Precursor Identity|
|Trimmer, Prof Mark||Professor of Biogeochemistry, Director of Research||Biology||Microbial and Network Ecology||Aquatic Ecology, Climate Change, Stable Isotopes, Ecosystem Function, Marine, Biochemistry|
|Wurm, Dr Yannick||Reader in Evolutionary Genomics and Bioinformatics||Biology||Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics||Ants, Genomics, Evolution, Sociality, Behaviour|
|Faulkes, Dr Chris||Reader in Evolutionary Ecology, Chair of Biology & Biochemistry Exam Board, SBCS Foundation Programme coordinator||Biology||T&S Group||African Mole-rats, Naked Mole-rat, Social Evolution, Comparative Sociogenomics, Rodent Phylogeography, Social Suppression of Reproduction|
|Faulkner, Dr Sally||Lecturer||Biology||T&S Group||Conservation Biology, Wildlife Crime, Human-wildlife Conflict, The Illegal Wildlife Trade|
|Hone, Dr David||Senior Lecturer and Director of Biological Sciences Programmes||Biology||T&S Group||Fossils, Paleontology, Ecology, Behaviour, Sexual Selection, Dinosaurs, Pterosaurs, Archosaurs, Predator-Prey Interactions, Body Size|
|Littlefair, Dr Joanne||Lecturer in Biological Sciences||Biology||T&S Group||Bioinformatics, Genetics, Ecology|
Research Sub Themes
Learn more about our evolutionary genetics and genomics research.
Learn more about our invertebrate neurobiology and development research.
Learn more about our animal and network ecology research.
Learn more about our molecular microbial ecology research.