I‘m interested in what drives patterns of biodiversity, particularly genetic diversity — the unique combinations of DNA inside populations of plants or animals.
Gentic diversity is the basis of how species evolve and adapt. The challenges and stresses we impose on wild populations — for example, climate change, pollution etc — mean species are under very strong pressure to adapt. My research focuses on how we can understand these processes, and if possible, help species or entire ecosystems to adapt.
Increasingly, my research is also applied to agricultural systems for which climate change and biodiversity loss pose similar challenges. Agricultural intensification is often cited as the predominant driver of biodiversity loss, but it’s also our most valuable tool to improve human wellbeing and make space for nature.
I have worked on a huge diversity of organisms, from dragonflies to birds, and amphibians to big mammals, but mostly on ubiqitous but often overlooked plants. Find out more, here.