Dr Ilya Maclean

Senior Lecturer in Natural Environment

I am an applied ecologist broadly interested in understanding how humans have changed the biological world, and how we might protect and enhance the world’s remaining biodiversity. I have a particular interest in using ecological theory to make smart decisions about how to do this. I am committed to finding practical solutions to environmental problems and work closely with researchers in other disciplines and local, national and international policy-makers and practitioners to achieve this.


Jonathan Mosedale

University Research Fellow

Having previously completed research on how oak wood influences the maturation of wines and spirits, I am currently looking at the potential implications of climate change for the Cornish wine industry. I have worked as a Statistician and Senior Policy Adviser within the Department for Transport, working on science and technology policies to improve transport security and information management. A minister in the Church of England, I am also interested in the relationship between science, culture and religion, particularly how it shapes the way we value and perceive the natural world. I am also a member of the Biosciences department in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences.

Robin Curtis

Postdoctoral researcher

Luka Bütikofer

Postdoctoral researcher

Richard Fox

Postgraduate researcher - co-supervised with Dr. Robert Wilson.

I am a professional ecologist working in biodiversity conservation and a long-time butterfly and moth enthusiast (on twitter as @RichardFoxBC). I have worked for the UK charity Butterfly Conservation ( since 1997, leading their work on butterfly and moth recording schemes and citizen science. I have been involved in a large number of research collaborations utilising the data gathered through these schemes and am continuing this work for my PhD by Publication at Exeter University.

Broad research specialisms:

Insect ecology

Biodiversity conservation

Climate change impacts on biodiversity

Citizen science


Alexandra Gardner

Postgraduate researcher

Martin Goodall

Postgraduate researcher

I work for the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Environmental Records Centre and am carrying-out a Masters by Research with the University of Exeter Mapping Landcover across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Rachel Jones

Postgraduate researcher - co-supervised with Dr. Robert Wilson.

My interests lies in how to effectively conserve species under climatic change, particularly those persisting within fragmented habitats, specifically focusing on butterflies. I am currently undertaking a part-time PhD at the University of Exeter researching the effects of habitat management and climatic change on the Lulworth Skipper butterfly.

During my masters studies I was able to research the invertebrate guild associated with the larval foodplant of the Marsh Fritillary butterfly and since my interest in has butterflies grown. From 2012 I have been fortunate to work for the charity organisation Butterfly Conservation. Alongside my PhD I continue to work for Butterfly Conservation part time as a Senior Ecologist and undertake a wide variety of work including; species monitoring, delivery of conservation projects, running training events, provision of habitat management advice, collating species-specific data and producing species status reports.

Broad research specialisms:

Climate change impacts on biodiversity

Landscape-scale conservation

Population dynamics


James Stewart

Postgraduate researcher

I am carrying out a PhD in the role of habitat heterogeneity in climate-proofing conservation: integrating effects of microclimate on population dynamics and local adaptation.


Aisling Devine

(PhD, 2012-2016)

Lynda Donaldson

(PhD, 2014-2018)

Owen Greenwood

(Postgraduate researcher)

Andrew Suggitt

(Research Fellow, 2012-2016)