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Prof Kate Jones
2nd Floor Medawar Building
Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research
Gower Street
Tel: +44 (0)20 31084230
Fax: +44(0)20 7679 7193
  • Chair of Ecology and Biodiversity
  • Genetics, Evolution & Environment
  • Div of Biosciences
  • Faculty of Life Sciences

I am a biodiversity scientist with an interest in understanding how biodiversity is maintained and conserved globally. I hold a professorial chair in Ecology and Biodiversity jointly at University College London and The Zoological Society of London and head up a boisterous research group! I won the Philip Leverhulme Award in 2008 for Outstanding Contributions to Zoology and I was the current Chair of The Bat Conservation Trustfrom 2010-2015 and hold a number of scientific advisory board positions for national and international conservation charities. Allegedly*, Charles Darwin is my 8th cousin (6 times removed)!


Research Summary

My research examines how evolutionary processes produce past and present global biodiversity patterns and predicting how future global change will impact on wild nature. Most of my work focuses on mammals, producing the first complete phylogenetic tree of extant mammals and a predictive model of mammalian extinction risk. I am especially interested in the evolution, diversification and extinction of bats and how best to conserve them.  My research also investigates how to improve current biodiversity monitoring to engage citizen scientists and develop new monitoring technologies  and I have developed a number of citizen science projects to monitor bats globally using their acoustic signals ( www.batdetective.org). More recently my research has been examining the linkages between biodiversity and ecosystem services - in particular investigating how the loss of biodiversity impacts the emergence and transmission of diseases and I am interested in understanding the macroecology of human emerging infectious diseases.

My research students and postdocs have a huge variety of interests from the macroevolution of ants, emergence of zoonotic diseases, predictive models of invasive species, bioacoustics, cultural value of species, soundscapes of cities, predicting species responses to climate change and developing automated recognition software for biodiversity. Please contact me if you are interested in joining us!

Teaching Summary

I am the Director of the MRes in Biodiversity, Evolution and Conservation which is run jointly with University College London and The Zoological Society of London and The Natural History Museum, London.

Academic Background
1998 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Evolution University of Surrey
1993 BSc Hons Bachelor of Science – Zoology University of Leeds
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