Ecology and Evolution research

We study how organisms evolve, how they interact with their environments, and how to protect species and ecosystems in a changing world.

Student conducting fieldwork

Our areas of interest

Our faculty are experts in four main research areas. 

Daniel Osorio
We have an established reputation for collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches to teaching, research and impact. Professor Daniel Osorio
Head of Department of Ecology and Evolution

Sussex Sustainability Research Programme

We have close ties with the University’s Sussex Sustainability Research Programme (SSRP). The SSRP aims to deliver the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and supports the sustainability of life on Earth through interdisciplinary research which stimulates action and influences policy. A number of research projects led by our Faculty, including Dave GoulsonMika PeckChris Sandom, and Alan Stewart, have been funded by the programme.

We have strong ties with other research groups at the University of Sussex, such as Neuroscience and Informatics. We also collaborate with scientists in a wide range of external organisations including the Mammal Society, Bumblebee Conservation Trust and UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre. We also have formal links with Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Current funding comes from a range of sources including UK Research Councils, the European Union, the Royal Society, charities, foundations, governments and industry.

Our facilities include:

  • constant environment rooms
  • greenhouses
  • facilities for chemical analysis of contaminants
  • molecular lab
  • ant room
  • apiaries


If you have any queries, please contact our Head of Department: Profesor Daniel Osorio on

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