About us

This blog has now moved to rostrum.blog, but the posts on this site will remain where they are for now.

Adriana De Palma (@adpalma)


I’m a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Natural History Museum. I have a PhD in Ecology and an MRes in Entomology from Imperial College London, and a BSc in Biology from the University of Sussex.

In terms of my research, I am particularly interested in using large scale ecological datasets to answer policy relevant questions. At the moment, I’m working on the PREDICTS project with Andy Purvis, looking at how biodiversity responds over time to land-use change and related pressures. My more general interests lie with science policy, statistics and weird and wonderful invertebrates (my favourite being Collembola – the beautiful springtails). You can find out more about me here, or check out the PREDICTS project to find out more about my research and that of my collaborators.

Matthew Dray (@mattdray)

MatthewHello. I like ecology and data. I’m also interested in invertebrates, decomposition, maps and R. I have a PhD in the effects of environmental change on plant litter decay from Cardiff University (NB: Dray, not Dre) and an Entomology MSc from Imperial College London. I currently work as a data scientist.


One response to “About us

  1. Great stuff – have fun – I was quite apprehensive about starting a blog but find it is a really useful discipline and also fun

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