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 GLiTRS project which aims to bring together different forms of data on insect biodiversity change in order to determine the global state of insects. This project is a large collaboration via NERC highlight topic grant led by Nick Isaac at UKCEH. I was involved with the design and planning of this project and am supported by it for a 3-year postdoc position. 

I am 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.   

Projects and collaborations are still ongoing from my previous project, the 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. 

Teaching summary

Teaching on BIOL0053 module: Data Science Methods in Biology. Leading 2 x 4 hours sessions on biodiversity data and analysis using R. 

During late 2020 and early 2021 I was 50% teaching, having received a teaching secondment to assist with teaching during the COVID pandemic.  This 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. 

Lead supervision of Students:

Lauren Cocker (2022) - MSc, masters project

Zhi Cheng Wong (2022) - BASc, undergraduate project.

Co-supervision of Master students:

- Holly Souza-Newman, CBER, 2022

- 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): GLobal Insect Threat-Response Synthesis (GLiTRS): A comprehensive and predictive assessment of the pattern and consequences of insect decline. NERC funded. 

PostDoc (Oct 2018 - Nov 2021): Revealing the interactions between globalbiodiversity change and human food security. A collaboration between CBER andthe Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources. ​NERC funded.

PhD:  ModellingBiodiversity Trends from Occurrence Records. NERC CASE PhD linked with UCL andthe RSPB, based at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology


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

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

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

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