• biogeomorphology and ecohydrology
• urban ecosystems and ecological engineering
• reconciliation ecology
• warfare ecology
• invasive species
fungal fruiting and climate change
Livelihoods of natural-resource-dependent populations, Local ecological knowledge/ practice-based knowledge/scientific knowledge, Fisheries enhancement and actor-network theory, Theories of learning and research-based education
planetary science, geomorphology, sediment transport, GIS, scientific software, slope stability
Citizen Science, participatory action research
river science, fluvial geomorphology, invasive species, river restoration, rewilding
Science communications, policy and social change. Currently researching public understandings of (micro)plastics pollution with projects exploring sea turtle farmers in Sri Lanka and young adults in Nigeria. Developing interdisciplinary research on plastic pollution in Vietnam.
Living and fossil marine and nonmarine ostracods: taxonomy, ecology, evolution, applications in palaeoenvironmental and palaeoclimatic reconstruction.
Resource and waste management, systems valuation, metrics, environmental governance, sustainable development, sustainability assessment, circular economy, whole value chain assessment, environmental management, food waste, plastic waste, construction components, e-waste
Kate Jones is a world-leading biodiversity modeller known for her innovative, broad cross-disciplinary research in the linkages between global change, biodiversity and ecosystem services, winning the Philip Leverhulme Prize for outstanding contributions to Zoology in 2008. Kate holds scientific advisory positions for a number of national and international conservation charities and was the Chair of The Bat Conservation Trust from 2010-2015. She also directs a number of citizen science projects monitoring biodiversity globally. Kate is a passionate science communicator and regularly appears in the national and international media, including the Life Scientific on BBC Radio 4 in 2015.
microbial diversity, ecology, evolution, cyanobacteria, soil, freshwater, glaciers, Arctic, Antarctic, DNA sequencing
Islands, disasters, health, polar areas, development, and sustainability (all including climate change).
Geophysics, deep Earth, global seismology, core-mantle boundary, whole Earth oscillations
Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, forest ecology, plant-herbivore interactions, research synthesis and meta-analysis
Geographic profiling; spatial patterns in biology; mathematical and computer models of evolution
My own research is focused on genomic characters such as genome size, chromosome organization, and DNA repeats (see project: Uncovering the genomic diversity of plants) to (i) understand the origin, evolution and biological significance of the immense diversity of genomic characters across land plants, and (ii) determine how these characters impact at the whole plant level to influence how, when, and where plants grow and respond to global change.
Ocean biogeochemistry, Trace metals, Isotope geochemistry, Nutrients, Contaminants
Human behavioural ecology, cultural evolution, China,
Evolution of reproductive scheduling and menopause, kinship and marriage systems, evolution of cultural norms, including religion and witchcraft beliefs.
I work mainly on assessing human and climatic impacts on some of the world’s most important freshwater ecosystems, including Lake Baikal and the Aral Sea in central Asia, and the Okavango Delta in southern Africa. Key to much of this work is the use biological organisms and stable isotopes to reconstruct past environments.