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

Kate Jones is Professor of Ecology and Biodiversity in the Centre for Biodiversity and Environmental Research (CBER), within the Research Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment (GEE) at University College London. Kate has held appointments at the University ofCambridge, Columbia University, Imperial College London, and is an honorary fellow at the Zoological Society of London. Kate is one of the academic leads for UCL's new EAST campus in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park London opening in 2022, directing a new applied ecology group - the People and Nature Lab. Kate has written over 100 articles and book chapters in prestigious journals such as Nature and Science and is a UK government scientific advisor and chaired TheBat Conservation Trust for 5 years, and won the Leverhulme Prize for outstanding contributions to Zoology in 2008. Kate regularly appears in the national and international media, including the Life Scientific on BBC Radio 4 in 2015. Allegedly*, Charles Darwin is her 8th cousin (6 times removed).


Research Summary

Professor Kate Jones’ research investigates the interface of ecological and human health, using statistical and mathematical modelling to understand the impact of global land use and climate change on ecological and human systems, with a particular focus on emerging infectious diseases from animals (ike Ebola,  SARS, Covid-19). Kate’s research also develops applied artificial intelligence tools for monitoring ecological health, particularly for monitoring ecosystems acoustically. Kate has led the development of novel global citizen science programmes with The Bat Conservation Trust involving thousands of volunteers all over the world to monitor bat populations, collaborating extensively with national conservation NGOs and governments.

Teaching Summary

Kate is a passionate science communicator and runs a course on Science Communication for Biologists which includes guest speakers from industry, including BBC's Dr. Adam Rutherford.  Kate is developing a number of new MSc courses (MSc Ecology and Data Science, MSc Citizen Science) for the new People and Nature Lab at UCL's new EAST campus in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park opening in 2022. Kate was the Director of the MRes in Biodiversity, Evolution and Conservation from 2012-2017 which is run jointly with University College London, The Zoological Society of London and The Natural History Museum, London.

Academic Background
1998   Doctor of Philosophy University of Surrey
1993   Bachelor of Science University of Leeds
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