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Dr Felix Eigenbrod BSc, MRes, DPhil

Associate Professor Ecology , Principal Investigator (Spatial Ecology), Co-Chair of Sustainability Science at Southampton

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A landscape ecologist by training, I am broadly interested in quantifying the often complex interactions between biodiversity, society and ecosystem services, and at identifying the spatial and temporal scales at which tradeoffs and interactions occur. In my research I use GIS and different modelling techniques to develop novel methodologies for linking existing environmental, social and biological datasets to fully understand the processes underlying the wide range of ecosystem services used by humans, and how human impacts affect global distributions of species. My work is highly interdisciplinary, and I frequently collaborate with specialists in other fields, ranging from biophysical modellers (e.g. hydrologists and dynamic vegetation modellers) to economists and human geographers.

Career History

2015-present: Associate Professor (Ecology). Geography & the Environment, University of Southampton, UK
2010-2015: Lecturer in Ecology and Ecosystem Services. University of Southampton, UK.
2008–2010: Postdoctoral Researcher. University of Sheffield, UK.
2003-2004: GIS Technician. Imperial College London, UK.

Academic Qualifications

2004-2008: PhD (Biology). Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.
2001-2002: MRes (Ecology and Environmental Management). University of York, UK.
1996-2000: BSc (Biology). Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Canada.






Research interests

I am a spatial ecologist broadly interested in understanding how human-induced land use changes affect ecosystem services and biodiversity. I am particularly interested in quantifying the often complex interactions between biodiversity, society and ecosystem services, and at identifying the spatial and temporal scales at which tradeoffs and interactions occur. In my research I use GIS and statistical techniques to take advantage of existing environmental and biological datasets, and increasingly collaborate with specialists from other fields (such as geography, economics, hydrology, agriculture, human health) to fully understand the processes underlying the wide range of ecosystem services used by humans.

Funding opportunities for PhD students will be published on the university website as they appear. In addition, I am always interested in inquiries by students who have or may obtain their own source of funding who are interested in mapping ecosystem services or on spatial questions in conservation biology.

PhD supervision

Emma Brooks: Inland waters and food security: present and future implications for the rural poor.
Supervisors: Felix Eigenbrod, Rob Holland, Guy Poppy (Southampton); Will Darwall (IUCN Species Unit). BBSRC CASE funding

Robert Cooke (Starts October 2015): Quantifying the functional integrity, stability and structural integrity of global biomes.
Supervisors: Felix Eigenbrod, Amanda Bates. NERC funding through SPITFIRE DTC

James Gott: Valuing the cultural benefits that coastal ecosystems provide to people using citizen science.
Supervisors: Felix Eigenbrod, Jasmin Godbold, Emma Roe. NERC funding through SPITFIRE DTC

Jing-lun Huang: Prediction of British Avian Species Composition from Assemblage
Supervisors: Felix Eigenbrod, Patrick Osborne. Funding: University of Southampton and Taiwanese government

Evelyn Piña Covarrubias: Interactions of jaguars (Panthera onca) an pumas (Puma concolor) with their prey and humans in the Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico
Supervisors: Felix Eigenbrod, Patrick Doncaster. Funding from Mexican government scholarship.

(co-supervisor) Harriet Smith: Upgrading the charcoal value chain for improved livelihoods and environmental sustainability
Supervisors: Malcolm Hudson, Kate Schreckenberg, Felix Eigenbrod (University of Southampton funding)

(co-supervisor) Sarwar Sohel: Safe Operating Spaces for Development and Ecosystem Services in Bangladesh
Supervisors: John Dearing, Felix Eigenbrod, Angela Bashieri. EPSRC/NERC

(co-supervisor) Katie St John Glew: Retrospective geo-location of free-living marine animals - new tools for spatial ecology, natural resource management and conservation
Supervisors: Dr Clive Trueman, Felix Eigenbrod, Professor Sujit Sahu. NERC funding through SPITFIRE DTC

Member of:  British Ecological Society,  Ecosystem Service Partnership, Sustainability Science at Southampton.

Research group(s)

Environmental Biosciences

Affiliate research group(s)

Institute for Life Sciences (IfLS), Institute for Complex Systems Simulation (ICSS)

Research project(s)

WISER: Which Ecosystem Service Models best capture the needs of the rural poor?

Bioenergy value chains: Whole systems analysis and optimisation

Bioenergy is a complex and sometimes controversial subject. This project integrates models of different aspects of the UK bioenergy supply chains across multiple scales. The resulting tool will provide guidance to decision makers about the complex social and environmental impacts of differing bioenergy strategies to aid policy development.

ASSETS: Attaining sustainable services from ecosystems

Conservation and adaptation in the landscape: A review of landscape scale approaches in Britain - Dormant

This project created a (spatial) database of all ‘landscape-scale' conservation projects in Britain, and then used existing dataset to evaluate the extent to which these meet their biodiversity objectives.

Climate-proof habitat refugia - Dormant

A global framework for quantifying the ecosystem service impacts of oil and biofuel production - Dormant

The main objective of this 2 year project is to develop a way of comparing the impact on ecosystem services of two very different sources of transport fuel - biofuels and petroleum.

Safe operating spaces for regional rural development: a new conceptual tool for evaluating complex socio-ecological system dynamics - Dormant




Module coordinator

BIOL3053 Spatial Ecology and Conservation


BIOL3056 Global Change Biology: Molecules to Ecosystem

University of Southampton

Chair of the Equality and Diversity Committee for Biological Sciences

Dr Felix Eigenbrod
Biological Sciences
Faculty of Natural & Environmental Sciences
Life Sciences Building 85
University of Southampton
Highfield Campus
SO17 1BJ

Room Number: 44/2078

Telephone: (023) 8059 7382

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