UCL Division of Biosciences


Dr Alex Pigot

Alex is a Post-doctoral research scientist in the Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research, UCL. Alex completed his Doctorate at Imperial College London in 2011 and from 2011 to 2013 was a post-doctoral researcher at Oxford University. In 2013 Alex was awarded a VENI research Fellowship at the University of Groningen. 

Alex’s research focuses on understanding universal patterns in the distribution and diversity of life. For instance: Why do the numbers of species in ecological communities vary so dramatically across the surface of the Earth? Why are some species so rare and others so common? Why are some branches of the tree of life so much more diverse than others? Addressing these questions is challenging because the evolutionary and biogeographic processes generating large-scale patterns in diversity can rarely be observed directly. Alex’s research aims to address this by developing new quantitative models for inferring the historical dynamics of biodiversity and applying these to global datasets on species phylogenetic relationships, geographic distributions and functional traits.