Professor Kate E Jones
Joint UCL and ZSL Chair, Ecology and Biodiversity
- 2012-Present: Joint Chair of Ecology and Biodiversity, University College London and Zoological Society of London
- 2008-2012: Senior Research Fellow: Institute of Zoology, ZSL, London.
- 2005-2007: Research Fellow (Research Councils UK): Institute of Zoology, ZSL, London.
- 2003-2005: Research Fellow: Earth Institute, Center for Environmental Research and Conservation, Columbia University, US.
- 2000- 2003: Postdoctoral Research Associate: University of Virginia, US.
- 1999-2000: Postdoctoral Research Assistant: Imperial College at Silwood Park.
- 1999: London Conservation Officer: The Bat Conservation Trust, London.
- 1994-1998: Ph.D. University of Roehampton.
- 1990-1993: B.Sc. University of Leeds.
- 2010-present: Scientific Advisory Board: Bat Conservation International
- 2010-present: Scientific Advisory Board: The Mammal Society
- 2008: Philip Leverhulme Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Zoology.
- 2006-present: Committee Member: Centre for Ecology and Evolution , University College London.
- 2006-present: Member: IUCN Bat Specialist Group .
- 2006-present: Chair (2010-present); Vice Chair (2008-2010); Trustee (2006-2008): The Bat Conservation Trust , UK.
Understanding how evolutionary processes produce past, present and future global biodiversity patterns is fascinating, and my research group works on a number of projects ranging from the evolution of echolocation in bats to disease macroecology in humans! Currently my research group’s main themes are:
- Evolution of echolocation and its use in a global monitoring program. This is a dynamic and interdisciplinary new project at the interface of evolution and conservation biology. We are investigating how echolocation has evolved in bats and how different call structures are adapted to their ecologies. To translate this work into a conservation and policy perspective, we have developed the use of bat ultrasonic calls as a biodiversity monitoring tool to indicate biodiversity change. In 2006 we launched the iBats Program , which uses bats as a model system to engage citizens in science and integrates the fields of biodiversity monitoring, bat bioacoustics and computer science.
- Diversification and extinction: We are exploring the evolution of mammalian trait biodiversity and developing web enabled database portals to host and analyse these data ( YouTHERIA ). This is part of an international collaboration to investigate processes of extinction and diversification in mammals.
- Disease macroecology. Our involvement in this project first began working on wildlife disease macroecology in 2001 through a number of different working groups in the US. We recently adapted this approach to the macroecology of human emerging diseases – investigating the interface of anthropogenic and wildlife processes to predict the future risk to humans across the globe.
Figure 1. Global distribution of relative risk of an EID events caused by zoonotic pathogens. The relative risk is mapped on a linear scale from green (lower values) to red (higher values).