UCL Division of Biosciences

Dr David Redding

Dr David Redding

UKRI Innovation/ Rutherford Fellow

Genetics, Evolution & Environment

Div of Biosciences

Joined UCL
15th Nov 2017

Research summary

My research is focused on understanding human diseases in the context of large-scale changes to biodiversity. It is funded by Ecosystems Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA), a multi-agency funding body comprising of NERC, DFID and ESRC. My current work comprises of three main threads:

- Assessing the spatial extent of Lassa fever with respect to the ecology of its host Mastomys natalensis

- Using multi-species niche models to assess the impact of climate change on the hosts and vectors of Rift Valley Fever

- Using remote sensing data to examine comparative responses of a variety of zoonotic diseases to environmental change

I am also working with number of other collaborators on other macro-ecological and conservation research topics including: quantifying cultural conservation priorities, global conservation funding patterns, phylogenetic conservation priority setting, and developing mechanistic-model based simulations of macro-ecological processes in relation to niche evolution and invasive species.


My background, prior to coming to UCL, was in conservation and evolutionary biology. After working in the conservation industry for a NGO in Africa and the RSPB in the UK, I undertook a 'Applied Ecology and Conservation' Masters degree at the University of East Anglia, Norwich. My work there on phylogenetically-informed conservation priority setting led to a PhD in Vancouver, Canada with Arne Mooers, and an on going involvement with the EDGE project at the Zoological Society of London