UCL Division of Biosciences

Dr Tim Newbold

Dr Tim Newbold

Principal Research Fellow

Genetics, Evolution & Environment

Div of Biosciences

Joined UCL
28th Sep 2015

Research summary

My research aims to understand how biodiversity is changing in response to recent environmental change, and to predict how biodiversity will change in future. I am also interested in the consequences of biodiversity change for human societies. To address these questions, my work centres around the development of large-scale models of biodiversity and ecosystems.

Teaching summary

I organise and teach on the masters-level module Computational Methods in Biodiversity Research (BIOS0002). This course teaches experimental design, data handling and visualisation, hypothesis testing and statistics.

I also teach two lectures on population biology for the Species Conservation and Biodiversity module (BIOL0032).


I completed my undergraduate degree in zoology and my PhD at the University of Nottingham.

My PhD focused on the development of species distribution models as a tool for understanding the impacts of climate on biodiversity.

I then completed a post-doctoral position at the World Conservation Monitoring Centre in Cambridge, developing global models of human impacts on biodiversity.

In 2015, I moved to UCL to continue this work, and in 2016 I was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship.