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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton
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Professor Thomas H G Ezard PhD, MRes, BSc

Professor of Evolutionary Ecology

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Thomas H G Ezard is Professor of Evolutionary Ecology within Ocean and Earth Science at the University of Southampton. 

2020-date: Professor in Evolutionary Ecology
2017-2020: Associate Professor in Evolutionary Ecology
2012-2017: NERC Advanced Fellow
2010-2012: PDRA. University of Surrey
2007-2010: PDRA. Imperial College London
2004-2007: PhD., Imperial College London
2003-2004: MRes. Environmental Biology, Universities of Dundee and St Andrews
1998-2003: BSc. Hons. Mathematics with German, University of St Andrews

Research interests

I am an interested in how the structure of populations and communities interacts with environmental changes to determine ecological and evolutionary dynamics. To do this, I develop the interface between mathematical and statistical models and test them using data drawn from various modern and palaeontological systems.

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Research group

Palaeoceanography and Palaeoclimate

Affiliate research groups

Marine Biology and Ecology, Centre for Population Change

Research project(s)

PISTON: Does Developmental Plasticity Influence Speciation?

An individual-based perspective on macroevolution

How variation among individuals generates variation among species.

Identifying the regulating factors of biodiversity in deep time

Identifying and investigating the underlying mechanisms that drive changes in biodiversity.

How does natural and anthropogenic disturbance change human population growth?

Understanding momentum as a driver of 21st century population health.

Using transcriptomics to understand adaptation and speciation in an island radiation

This studentship will use a homoploid hybrid Argyranthemum species from the Canary Islands as an exemplary scenario with which to investigate the genomics of adaptation, reproductive isolation and hybrid speciation.

Understanding diachroneity: Palaeoenvironmental controls on dispersal of planktonic foraminifera in the Plio-Pleistocene oceans

COMPADRE and COMADRE databases of population projection matrices

The contribution of plasticity to adaptive divergence: domestication as a model

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Book Chapters


  • SOES1015 Data Literacy and Analysis
  • SOES2032 Palaeobiology
  • BIOL6052 Data Management and Generalised Linear Modelling for Biologists
  • Convenor of SOES3046 Independent Research Project

SOES Director of Programmes
Member of OES Equality & Diversity Committee
Member of COMPADRE/COMADRE Core Committee
Honorary Treasurer for British Ecological Society

Professor Thomas H G Ezard
Ocean and Earth Science
National Oceanography Centre Southampton
University of Southampton Waterfront Campus
European Way
Southampton SO14 3ZH

Room Number : NOCS/564/01

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