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Nathalie Seddon

Nathalie Seddon, Tutorial Fellow in Biology

Professor Nathalie Seddon is Tutorial Fellow in Biology at Wadham College, a Royal Society University Research Fellow, and University Lecturer

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Nathalie studied Zoology and obtained her PhD at Cambridge University, where she then held a Junior Research Fellowship (Newnham College). She moved to the Department of Zoology in Oxford as a Royal Society University Research Fellow in 2005, was appointed a University Lecturer in 2009 and was made Professor of Biodiversity in 2015.

Nathalie studies the causes and consequences of biodiversity loss and climate change. Her current work as a NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow and Research Associate of the International Institute for Environment and Development involves translating ecosystem science for the benefit of decision makers in government and business in order to bring the equitable protection of nature to the centre of the sustainable development agenda.

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Nathalie is also Research Associate at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), Senior Fellow at the Oxford Martin School, Research Associate of the Centre for Tropical Research (UCLA), and an Associate of The Biodiversity Consultancy. Along with her research and tutorial work at Wadham, she gives undergraduate lectures in Applied Ecology (on climate change) and Evolutionary Ecology (on speciation and the importance of evolutionary ecology in the Anthropocene).

Selected publications

Cooney C, Tobias, JA, Weir J, Botero C, Seddon N (2017) Sexual selection, speciation, and constraints on geographical range overlap in birds. Ecology Letters. In press.

Waldron A, Giardin C, Miller DC, Seddon N (2017) Agroforestry can enhance food security while meeting other Sustainable Development Goals. Tropical Conservation Science. In press.

Seddon N, Hou-Jones X, Pye T, Reid H, Roe D, Mountain D, Raza Rizvi A (2016). Ecosystem-based approaches to adaptation: a win-win formula for sustainable development in a warming world? IIED Briefing

Seddon N, Mace GM, Naeem S, Tobias JA, Pigot AL, Cavanagh RD, Mouillot D, Vause J, Walpole M (2016) Biodiversity in the Anthropocene: prospects and policy. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Special Feature 283 (1844), 20162094.

Cooney C, Tobias JA, Seddon N (2016) Widespread correlation between climate niche evolution and species diversification in birds. Journal of Animal Ecology. 85: 869-878.

Bregman, T.P., Lees, A.C., Seddon, N., MacGregor, H.E.A., Darski, B. Aleixo, A., Bonsall, M.B, Tobias, J.A. 2015. Species interactions regulate the collapse of biodiversity and ecosystem function in tropical forest fragments. Ecology 96: 2692-2704. 

Tobias, J.A., Planque, R., Cram, D., Seddon, N. 2014. Species interactions and the structure of complex communication networks. PNAS (online 6 Jan 2014).

Tobias, J.A., Cornwallis, C.K., Derryberry, E.P., Claramunt, S., Brumfield, R.T., Seddon, N. 2014. Species coexistence and the dynamics of phenotypic evolution in adaptive radiation. Nature (online 22 Dec 2013).

Seddon, N., C. A. Botero, J. A. Tobias et al. 2013. Sexual selection accelerates signal evolution during speciation. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 280: 20131065

Wilkins, M., Seddon, N., Saffran, R. J. 2013. Evolutionary divergence in acoustic signals: causes and consequences. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 28:156–166.

Salisbury, C., Seddon, N., Cooney, C., Tobias, J.A. 2012. The latitudinal gradient in dispersal constraints: ecological specialisation drives diversification in tropical birds. Ecology Letters 15: 845-855

Tobias, J.A., Aben, J., Brumfield, R. T., Derryberry, E., Halfwerk, W., Slabbekoorn, H., Seddon, N. 2010. Song divergence by sensory drive in Amazonian birds Evolution 64: 2820–2839.

Seddon, N., Tobias, J.A. 2010. Character displacement from the receiver’s perspective: species and mate-recognition despite convergent signals in suboscine birds. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 277: 2475-2483.

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