I am a generalist with wide interests within biology, environmental sciences, archaeology and the history of science. Main areas of research are: theoretical work in evolutionary ecology and biogeography, studies on testate amoebae, Quaternary paleoecology, archaeology, Earth Systems Science and the history of science (biology and geology).
I have published >100 research papers. My first book, Fundamental processes in Ecology, an Earth Systems approach (2006, Oxford University Press) won the Marsh Ecology Book of the Year prize in 2007, awarded by the British Ecological Society. A second book Big questions in ecology and evolution (co-authored with Tom Sherratt) was published in 2009 again by OUP.