UCL Division of Biosciences

Dr Charlie Outhwaite

Dr Charlie Outhwaite

Research Associate

Genetics, Evolution & Environment

Div of Biosciences

Joined UCL
3rd Oct 2016

Research summary

I am currently working on the NERC funded BIOTA project which aims to determine the interactions and trade-offs between biodiversity, agriculture and trade. I have been looking at how characteristics of the surrounding landscape, including landscape composition and complexity, influence local biodiversity within cropland systems. 

I am also interested in what drives insect biodiversity change and have been looking at the interactions between land use, use intensity and climate change and their impact on insect biodiversity.  This work has lead to an interest in how biodiversity change linked to these drivers may impact ecosystem functions and services. 

These areas of research have been exploring biodiversity change using the PREDICTs database.

Outside of the BIOTA project, I am also interested in large-scale biodiversity monitoring, the generation of biodiversity indicators, and the use of occurrence records to determine large-scale species trends.  I am particularly interested in patterns of biodiversity of understudied taxa such as invertebrates.

Teaching summary

Since October 2020 I have been 50% teaching, having received a teaching secondment to assist with teaching during the COVID pandemic.  This has mainly involved the design and delivery of face-to-face sessions for the undergraduate course. These skills based sessions have included data interpretation, essay writing and coding in R. 

Co-supervision of Master students:

- Charlotte Benham, CBER, 2021: Responses of biodiversity to natural habitat across taxa.

- Peter McCann, CBER, 2020: Impacts of the interactions between land use and climate change on local insect biodiversity.

I am currently a workshop leader working with the Grant Museum and UCL Culture to deliver workshops on animal movement and robotics to secondary school children aged 11 - 18.


PostDoc (Current): Revealing the interactions between global biodiversity change and human food security. A collaboration between CBER and the Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources. ​NERC funded.

PhD:  Modelling Biodiversity Trends from Occurrence RecordsNERC CASE PhD linked with UCL and the RSPB, based at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology


Jan 2014 - Aug 2014:       Project Research Assistant, Indicators & Assessments Unit, the Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London

Jan 2013 - July 2013:        Research Intern, Indicators & Assessments Unit, the Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London

Sept 2011 - Aug 2012:      MSc, Environmental bioscience in a changing climate, The University of Warwick

Sept 2008 - July 2011:     BSc, Biological Sciences, The University of Warwick