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Dr Joseph Williamson
Medawar Building, 2nd Floor
University College London
Gower Street
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  • Research Fellow in biological responses to climate change
  • Genetics, Evolution & Environment
  • Div of Biosciences
  • Faculty of Life Sciences

PostDoc (Current): Tipping Points: Predicting sudden and widespread biodiversity loss on a rapidly warming planet: when and where does biology change things? NERC funded. 

Lecturer (2021-2022): Teaching (foundation to postgraduate level) at Queen Mary University London on ecological and statistical courses for biologists.

PhD (2016-2021): The Impacts of Microclimate on the Diversity,  Community Composition, and Physiology of Dung  Beetles in Lowland, Malaysian Borneo. Project based at Queen Mary University London, in collaboration with the University of Oxford and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.


2015-2016: Research Assistant, Imperial College London

2014-2015: MRes, Ecology, Evolution and Conservation, Imperial College London

2011-2014: BA, Biological Sciences, University of Oxford 

Research Summary
I am currently working on a NERC funded project which aims to understand how the biology of organisms influences our predictions for species and communities tipping points under climate change scenarios. This project is a collaboration with the Natural History Museum in Madrid and the University of Exeter, and is led by Alex Pigot here at UCL. I am particularly interested in the drivers and consequences of microclimatic variation, and how organismal thermal limits mediate responses to temperature across spatial scales. 
Teaching Summary

I am not currently teaching at UCL, but have extensive experience lecturing on biological courses:

Masters Modules: Statistics for Bioinformaticians, Tropical Forest Field Course (Borneo)

Undergraduate Modules: Coding and Data Science (3rd year), Behavioural Ecology (3rd year), Research Methods and Communication (2nd year), Infectious Disease (2nd year), Ecology (1st year) and Statistics (1st year) 

Foundation Modules: Diversity and Ecology

Supervision of Masters students: Frederica Poznansky, Imperial College London. Assessing the Impact of Microclimate During Development on the Physiological Thermal Tolerance of Lowland Malaysian Dung Beetles.


I have also supervised undergraduate projects on various ecology and evolution topics. 

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