Tobias is an assistant professor at Uppsala University. His research is focused on producing data and computational models to better understand the spatial distribution of biodiversity.READ MORE
Tobias is an assistant professor at Uppsala University, leading the Biodiversity Data Lab (http://www.biodivlab.com/). His research is focused on producing data and computational models to better understand the spatial distribution of biodiversity. During his PhD in the Antonelli Lab he explored to what extent humans have increased global and regional extinction rates.
Cássia is a postdoctoral researcher based at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, working on the evolution and conservation of outcrop flora in old landscapes.READ MORE
Cássia is an evolutionary biogeographer, interested in eco-genomics and diversification of plant family Apocynaceae, and in the evolutionary history of the flora of outcrops in old landscapes of South America (e.g. Campo Rupestre and Canga). Currently, she is a Newton International Fellow (The Royal Society) at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, working with Eimear Nic Lughadha, Felix Forest, Alex Antonelli and Justin Moat. By investigating biogeography and traits among different lineages of flowering plants, and improving the resolution of molecular phylogenies using NGS approaches, she aims to understand the evolution of flora in old landscapes. She will also compare species and areas at risk to provide information relevant to conservation management.
Keywords: Asclepiadoideae, outcrops, phylogenomics, biogeography, conservation.
Matheus is a plant taxonomist specialized in the systematics and evolution of the cacao family (Malvaceae) while actively bridging the gap between taxonomy, wild crop genomics, and biodiversity informatics.READ MORE
Matheus completed his MSc and PhD degrees in Botany at the University of São Paulo, Brazil, where he conducted research on the systematics, evolution, and biogeography of the cacao family (Malvaceae). As a postdoctoral researcher at Kew, his current focus revolves around investigating the origins, genomic classification, and geographic history of cacao itself. By integrating evidence from phylogenetics, comparative biogeography and genomic data, Matheus aims to gain valuable insights into the emergence and global distribution of different cacao forms. Moreover, he collaboratively seeks to reassess the classification and taxonomy of the order Malvales, including the Malvaceae family, by integrating molecular and morphological datasets.
Kiran is an ecological modeller based at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. In her work, she is using Artificial Intelligence to prioritise biodiversity conservation.READ MORE
Kiran is interested in systematic conservation planning in the context of biodiversity, connectivity and dynamic systems. In past lives, she has worked with bird migration, meerkats and bees, and has spent a lot of time on software development, particularly acoustic machine learning (rcnn), reinforcement learning, graph theory and multi-sensor geolocator tracking.
Olivia is a Biodiversity genomics research assistant based at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.READ MORE
Olivia is a biodiversity genomics research assistant based at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Olivia has a background in conservation and population genetics and is currently working on a number of research projects within the group, including an orchid phylogenomics project with Oscar Pérez Escobar.
Ian is a quantitative ecologist who works on developing efficient statistical and modelling tools for predicting the distribution of species, species dispersal, and the impacts of climate change.READ MORE
Ian is a quantitative ecologist with 5 years of experience in research fields related to biogeography, forest ecology, movement ecology and surface hydrology. He has worked on modelling the dispersal and migration of wild populations; estimating and mapping the impact of climate change on the decline of species populations; and developing efficient, statistical, modelling and mapping tools for predicting the distribution of species. Ian has a master’s degree in Biostatistics & Modelling.
Pérez-Escobar, Oscar Alejandro
Oscar is a Research Leader at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, working on orchid phylogenomics and evolution.READ MORE
Oscar is Research Leader at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, working on orchid phylogenomics and evolution. His main research interests are centred towards understanding the macroevolutionary dynamics of Neotropical orchids.
Torres Jimenez, Maria Fernanda
Maria Fernanda ('Mafe') was a postdoctoral researcher in the Antonelli Lab working on the Amazonian palm Geonoma. Now she is a senior researcher at Vilnius University focusing on evolution and conservation genomicsREAD MORE
Mafe is interested in phylogeography and biodiversity in the Neotropics, mainly involving ant-plant mutualisms as her subject of study. She was a postdoc at the University of Gothenburg working with the Amazonian palm Geonoma. By studying the genetic and ecological differences between morphotypes of Geonoma macrostachys, she aims to understand the mechanisms behind ecological speciation in plants. She is interested in using NGS data to infer plants’ evolutionary histories at the population and species levels. She is currently a senior researcher at Vilnius University where she is focusing on conservation genomics.
Keywords: palms, ant-plant, Neotropics, phylogenomics, phylogeography
Alex is PI for the Antonelli Lab and several of the group's ongoing projects. In February 2019, he started a new position as Director of Science at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.READ MORE
My passion is nature and my mission is to stop biodiversity loss. To tackle this major challenge, I study the distribution and evolution of life on Earth and how best to protect, restore and sustainably use biodiversity, and I develop methods to speed up scientific discovery. My focus is on the tropics, where most species occur and the threats are most acute. My research to date has encompassed the study of the formation, extinction, and migration of species, particularly teasing apart the relative roles of abiotic (e.g. climate, landscape) and biotic (e.g. competition, adaptation) drivers of biodiversity change through space and time. I am also engaged in interactions with society and scientists across disciplines, with the main goal of increasing the knowledge, awareness and protection of biological diversity around the world.
Zachary is a PhD student mechanistically modelling the effects of anthropogenic change on vascular epiphyte communities along natural environmental gradients.READ MORE
Zachary is researching how anthropogenic change affects vascular epiphyte communities along already existing natural environmental gradients, such as vertical height and elevation, using mechanistic modelling to simulate these scenarios. He is a NERC-funded student under the CENTA DTP at the University of Birmingham supervised by Juliano Sarmento Cabral, and co-supervised at RBGKew by Alex Antonelli as well as Diana Bowler at the UKCEH.
Victor Dekleck is the Director of Science for the World Forest ID not-for-profit.READ MORE
Victor Dekleck is the Director of Science for the World Forest ID not-for-profit. He leads the World Forest ID science team on developing timber and forest risk commodity identification and tracing technologies, data integration, and machine learning efforts.
Daniel is a former PhD student who worked on developing software and algorithms to understand patterns of biodiversity using network science and interactive visualizations.READ MORE
Daniel is interested in developing software and algorithms to better understand the complex patterns of biodiversity through space and time. After studying engineering physics at Uppsala and Umeå University, he worked as a research engineer at Icelab, Umeå University, on developing Infomap (a network clustering algorithm based on information theory) and visualization tools to simplify and highlight important structures in complex networks. In 2016 he joined the Antonelli Lab in Gothenburg, where he worked part-time developing the Infomap Bioregions project, applying network theory to reveal the underlying geographical structure in species distributions (https://mapequation.org/bioregions). He also worked with developing a digital citizen science platform to let anyone log and share the species they see, and get help with identification. In 2022, he successfully defended his PhD project about “Mapping incomplete relational data: networks in ecology & evolution”, supervised by Martin Rosvall at the Department of Physics, Umeå University, with Alexandre Antonelli as assistant supervisor.
Marie is a PhD student interested in how species distributions in the UK flora change in space and time and how genome size influences these dynamics.READ MORE
Marie is a PhD student based at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Queen Mary University of London, supervised by Ilia Leitch, Andrew Leitch and Alex Antonelli. She is interested in how species distributions in the UK flora change in space and time and how genome size influences these dynamics. Using historic distribution data, maps of land use change and environmental monitoring, she investigates how genome size contributes to the determination of plant species’ spreads. To establish the value of genome size as a powerful ecological predictor, she makes use of the unique sampling history of the British flora in building predictive models of future plant distributions in response to ongoing changes in climate, land use and pollution.
Allison is the Director of the Lund University Botanical Garden. She was previously the Project Manager for the Antonelli Lab and the Director of the Gothenburg Global Biodiversity Centre.READ MORE
Allison is the Director of the Lund University Botanical Garden. She was previously the Project Manager for the Antonelli Lab (2017-2022) and the Director of the Gothenburg Global Biodiversity Centre (2020-2022). She studied ecology (BSc, 2008) at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada and protist systematics (PhD, 2013) at Uppsala University in Uppsala, Sweden. She then worked as a visiting researcher in tree fern systematics and biogeography, also at Uppsala University. In 2015 she started Forest Cat Editing, which works with academic editing and communication. While operating her company as a “digital nomad” from nearly two dozen countries, Allison further developed her interest in scientific communication and outreach. This eventually led her back to Gothenburg to work with the Antonelli Lab and to help start the new biodiversity centre. She co-edited the book Mountains, Climate and Biodiversity with Alexandre Antonelli and Carina Hoorn (Wiley, 2018), and has authored a number of scientific and popular science articles. Her main expertise is in scientific management and leadership, as well as communication and outreach on biodiversity and conservation. Allison is an avid traveler and adventurer, hiker, SCUBA diver, mushroom connoisseur, fossil hunter and all-around nerd.
Smith, Rhian J.
Rhian is the Antonelli Lab research programme coordinator.READ MORE
Rhian is based at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and coordinates Alex Antonelli’s research programme. She obtained a first class degree in Ecology and Environmental Management at Cardiff University and then went on to do a PhD in population biology and conservation genetics and a Postgraduate Diploma in Statistics at Trinity College Dublin (PGradDip; Distinction), while also working as a Senior Ecologist for Natura Environmental Consultants. She has been at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew for 18 years, conducting postdoctoral work on orchid population genetics and the phylogeny of the plant family Haemodoraceae before moving into science education and communication. She was the first Kew director of the MSc in Plant and Fungal Taxonomy, Diversity and Conservation, delivered with Queen Mary University of London. Alongside her current position as Senior Science Editor, she is responsible for coordinating the strategic development and management of Alex Antonelli’s research programme at Kew.
Jakub is working on algorithms for large-scale phylogenetic reconstruction. He is also interested in applying machine learning to problems in genomics and biodiversity. His background is in algorithms, phylogenetics and machine learning.READ MORE
Jakub is working on algorithms for large-scale phylogenetic reconstruction. He is also interested in applying machine learning to problems in genomics and biodiversity. His background is in algorithms, phylogenetics and machine learning.
João is the Curator of Fungi at the Natural History Museum of Denmark and Assistant Professor at the University of Copenhagen, and his research centres around arthropod-fungi associations.READ MORE
João is the Curator of Fungi at the Natural History Museum of Denmark and Assistant Professor at the University of Copenhagen. He works on arthropod-fungi associations, especially those belonging to the order Hypocreales in Ascomycota. Those include the Cordyceps-like fungi across Cordycipitaceae, Clavicipitaceae and Ophiocordycipitaceae. He is also interested in mycoparasites within Hypocreales. His main interests are related to taxonomy, systematics and evolution of Fungi, aiming to understand the diversity of these relationships, their modes of life and how their traits evolved, for example functional morphology, ecologies, and host associations. He is also interested in utilizing natural history observations and an understanding of the biology of entomopathogenic fungi as tools to develop classical biological control strategies to tackle insect pests that are vectors of human diseases and threats for agriculture. He is also interested in amateur macro-photography and videography and using these to communicate scientific novelties to a broader public.
Rosie is a PhD student interested in the biodiversity, biogeography and conservation of rock outcrop flora in Latin America.READ MORE
Rosie is interested in the biodiversity, biogeography and conservation of rock outcrop flora in Latin America, with a particular focus on Bolivia. The aim of the project is to document the flora and understand the evolutionary processes that shaped these environments. Rosie’s research yield results on the global value of the plants in these areas to inform conservation management. Rosie is a NERC funded PhD student at the University of Exeter with Prof. Toby Pennington and Dr. Lucy Rowland, and RBG, Kew, with Prof. Alex Antonelli and Dr. Nicholas Hind.
Sonia specialises in biodiversity conventions and studies the conservation priorities of wild orchids in trade.READ MORE
Sonia specialises in biodiversity conventions and is based at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. She started her PhD in 2020 on the “conservation priorities of wild orchids in trade”. Sonia is researching the social complexities of CITES family listings, as well as CITES scientific decision-making processes. She is undertaking her PhD with Emily Woodhouse in the Human Ecology Research Group at UCL, with Alex Antonelli as a co-supervisor.
Harith completed his postdoctoral research on developing metrics to rank areas in terms of biodiversity. He manages a project to re-find species not seen in decades and thought to be extinct, and is now based at the University of Copenhagen.READ MORE
Harith Morgadinho Farooq is a former postdoctoral researcher in the department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Gothenburg, where he used species extinction risk and phylogenetic diversity to map and rank important areas for biodiversity conservation. He is also interested in sampling biases and herpetology, and is managing a project to try to re-find species not seen in decades and thought to be extinct (extinctorshy.org). He is now based at the University of Copenhagen.
Keywords: biogeography, conservation, amphibians, reptiles, ecology, biodiversity
Lova is a postdoc working on the diversity and distribution of bryophytes in the high mountains of Madagascar.READ MORE
Lova is a Malagasy researcher interested in island biodiversity and tropical mountain systems. Her long-standing taxonomist interest has been in bryophytes. Bryophytes, especially liverworts, are her favourite organisms. This group remains one of the least documented components of the Malagasy rich biota. She completed her PhD at the University of Cape Town in 2018, where she investigated the regional and global context of the bryophytes of Madagascar, and the factors affecting epiphytic bryophyte diversity, distribution and assemblage of communities along an elevational gradient.
Natalia is a specialist in archaeogenomics, population genomics and plant domestication.READ MORE
Natalia is a specialist in archaeogenomics, population genomics and plant domestication. A former postdoc of the Antonelli Lab based in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, she is now Lecturer in Bioinformatics at the University of Portsmouth but continuing collaborative research on orchid and coca phylogenomics and the domestication of useful plants.
Weston is a former postdoc of the Antonelli Lab, now Assistant Curator of Pteridophytes at the Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois, USA.READ MORE
Weston is a former postdoc in the Antonelli Lab where he focused on understanding how habitat loss is impacting species distributions and driving extinction amongst the vascular plant flora on the island of Hispaniola. Now Assistant Curator of Pteridophytes at the Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois, USA, he is especially interested in the role of hybridization and polyploidy as forces shaping fern and lycophyte diversity in the American tropics and diversity of the clubmoss family (Lycopodiaceae). To address these questions, he works extensively with natural history collections and integrates systematics, taxonomy, biogeography, phylogenomics, and functional ecology.
Emke is an industrial ecologist with a background in biology.READ MORE
Emke is an industrial ecologist with a background in biology. She is interested in the impacts of land use and land transformations on biodiversity, specifically from product and production systems. Her work is focused primarily on the identification and development of models for the inclusion of biodiversity indicators into life-cycle assessment (LCA), which is a frequently used decision support tool for the systematic evaluation of the environmental aspects of a product or service system through all stages of its life cycle (from cradle to grave). Emke is a PhD student at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg under the main supervision of Ulrika Palme and co-supervised by Alex Antonelli.