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Reader in Biology, University of St Andrews

My research focuses on quantifying biodiversity and understanding the processes that shape it. I often work on tropical systems, especially coral reefs, but I also work with tropical freshwater fish, mangrove crabs and plants for example, as I am more question-driven that organism-driven.

I like to combine ecological theory, synthesis of existing data, and fieldwork in my research, and most of the research questions I’m interested in fall under the disciplines of community ecology, macroecology and biogeography.

I tend to work on intermediate spatio-temporal scales – that is, communities and networks of communities over timescales of years to tens of years.


  • –present
    Reader in Biology, University of St Andrews


  • 2006 
    James Cook University, PhD/Biology