UCL Division of Biosciences

Dr Abbie Chapman

Dr Abbie Chapman

Research Fellow

Genetics, Evolution & Environment

Div of Biosciences

Joined UCL
1st Apr 2018

Research summary

Abbie is assisting Dr Tim Newbold in assessing the impacts of agriculture on terrestrial biodiversity in Ethiopia, Ghana, and Zambia. This work is part of the SENTINEL (‘Social and Environmental Trade-offs in African Agriculture’) project (https://www.sentinel-gcrf.org/), aiming to work towards Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2 of ‘zero hunger’, while reducing inequalities and conserving ecosystems (SDGs 10 and 15). At UCL’s Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research, we are conducting spatial and statistical analyses to understand how agricultural practices shape biodiversity.

Teaching summary

Abbie has been a paid postgraduate demonstrator on undergraduate and postgraduate courses, leading discussion sessions and GIS tutorials, as well as mentoring students.  She currently co-supervises MRes students with Dr Tim Newbold.


Abbie specialised in using traits to study the biodiversity and biogeography of deep-sea hydrothermal-vent fauna for her PhD.  For her thesis, she: wrote a paper published as the Editor's Choice article in Diversity and Distributions (doi: 10.1111/ddi.12712); co-led an iDiv-funded working group (https://www.idiv.de/sdiv/working_groups/wg_pool/sfdvent.html) and an international team of experts to build a global trait database for vent species (https://peerj.com/preprints/26627/); and investigated the functional and taxonomic uniqueness of vent regions.  


Before her PhD, Abbie worked as a Trainee Oil Spill Modelling Consultant for Oil Spill Response Limited, conducting oil spill modelling using SINTEF's Oil Spill Contingency and Response software (OSCAR) and ArcGIS to better prepare oil companies for worst-case scenario spills.


Abbie has an MSc in Oceanography and a BSc (Hons) Physical Geography with Physical Oceanography degree from the University of Southampton.