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Tim Newbold

UNEP-WCMC and Microsoft Research Fellow
Biodiversity Science
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Tim Newbold

I am a postdoctoral scientist based at the United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) and in the Computational Ecology and Environmental Science group at Microsoft Research Cambridge

My current work is focused on two main areas:
1. Understanding patterns in the composition of biological communities, and exploring changes in these patterns in response to human activities. I am particularly interested in quantifying communities in terms of the functional traits of the organisms they contain. As part of this work, with colleagues at the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, I am helping to develop a database of species observed responses to human perturbations.
2. Developing a global process-based model of biological communities, and predicting changes in communities in response to human activities. By capturing the ecological processes thought to be important in shaping communities, we hope to generate more accurate projections of future changes in the biosphere. The model will be made available to policy-makers to allow them to explore how human activities affect the biosphere and to assess the consequences of changes in the biosphere for human well-being and prosperity.


Peer-reviewed papers:

Newbold, T., Reader, T., El-Gabbas, A., Berg, W., Shohdi, W. M., Zalat, S., Baha El Din, S. & Gilbert, F. (2010). Testing the accuracy of species distribution models using species records from a new field survey. Oikos. 119: 1326-1334.Available online here.

Newbold, T. (2010). Applications and limitations of museum data for conservation and ecology, with particular attention to species distribution models. Progress in Physical Geography. 34: 3-22. Available online here.

Newbold, T., Gilbert, F., Zalat, S., El-Gabbas, A. & Reader, T. (2009). Climate-based models of spatial patterns of species richness in Egypt’s butterfly and mammal fauna. Journal of Biogeography. 36: 2085-2095. Available online here.

Newbold, T., Reader, T., Zalat, S., El-Gabbas, A. & Gilbert, F. (2009). Effect of characteristics of butterfly species on the accuracy of distribution models in an arid environment. Biodiversity & Conservation. 18: 3629-3641. Available online here.

Newbold, T., Collins, S., Behnke, J., Eales, J., El-Geznawy, A., El-Tohamy, T., Ezzat, R., Farag, D., Gilbert, F., Jobling, S., Marhcant, D., Madaney, D., Mohamed, E., Zalat, H., Taylor, G., Woodward, B. & Zalat, S. (2008). Sentinel behaviour and the watchman's call in the Chukar at St Katherine Protectorate, Sinai, Egypt. Egyptian Journal of Biology. 10: 42-53. PDF.

Newbold, T., Meregalli, M., Colonnelli, E., Barclay, M., Elbanna, S., Abu Fandud, N., Flegg, F., Fouad, R., Gilbert, F., Hall, V., Hancock, C., Ismail, M., Osamy, S., Saber, I., Semida, F. & Zalat, S. (2007). Redescription of a weevil Paramecops sinaitus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Molytinae) from the Sinai and an ecological study of its interaction with the Sinai milkweed Asclepias sinaica (Gentianales: Asclepiadaceae). European Journal of Entomology. 10: 505-515. Reprint available on request.

Other Articles:
Newbold, T. (2010). Scale-dependence of spatial patterns of insect distribution and abundance.Frontiers of Biogeography. 2: 31-34. Freely available.

Newbold, T. (2008). Egypt's green spots. Planet Earth Magazine. Spring Issue pp. 12-13.