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Miguel Araújo

Professor Miguel Araújo

Research Fellow


Imperial College London

Research summary

My research is driven by three unifying questions: 1) how did past climate changes affect distribution of biodiversity? 2) how might current and future environmental changes affect biodiversity? 3) how can biodiversity be conserved given current and future challenges? To address these question I seek integration of large climate and species distributions databases with descriptions of behavioural and physiological traits of species, molecular phylogenies, and the fossil record. Most of my research involves statistical analyses of ecological data, including data mining, species distributions modelling and mathematical simulations, but recently I have started a new research programme involving large-scale (mesocosm) experiments for testing ecological and evolutionary models and theory. These experiments are question rather than system driven and at the moment I am leading two large projects: one involving studies of food web dynamics under climate change in artificial ponds across the Iberian Peninsula, including bacteria, protists, algae, and macro-invertebrates; and another involving studies of evolution of thermal limits of lizards across environmental gradients in Chile and the Iberian Peninsula.

Grants awarded

Improving forecasts of biodiversity change

Scheme: Wolfson Research Merit Awards

Dates: Jan 2014 - Dec 2018

Value: £50,000