Colin Michael Beale

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Postal codeYO10 5DD
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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  • Biology
    University of York
    Wentworth Way
    YO10 5DD

Phone: (01904) 328615

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Dr. Colin Michael Beale

Reader, YESI Research Theme Lead

Research interests

I am an ecologist with broad interests in spatial patterns and conservation biology. Research in my group covers a wide range of subjects, but development and application of novel quantitative methods, particularly those involving spatial analyses, are a unifying theme whether working in the field or using derived datasets. Together, members of my lab work on projects both fundamental and applied, in the UK and overseas. In the UK we are working both to understand the fundamental demographic processes that generate range limits and to apply this knowledge to predict impacts from climate change, whilst in Africa we are studying both the fundamental drivers of the savannah biome and undertaking applied research to reduce illegal activities in protected areas.


Current group members are:



  • Dr Rob Critchlow - works on reducing illegal activities in Uganda, and restoring degraded savannahs in Tanzania.
  • Dr Chris Wheatley - Distribution changes in Colombian biodiversity

PhD Students

  • Natasha Peters - Conservation of African Vultures
  • Joris Wiethase - Identifying the mechanistic links between savannah degradation and bird distribution change.
  • Jacob Davies - Spatial demography underlying range change in the Reed Warbler
  • Charles Cunningham - A spatial conservation plan for the UK

MSc Students

  • Duncan Lister - Distribution and abundance changes of mammals in Queen Elizabeth NP, Uganda

  Past Members:

  • James Probert  (registered at Liverpool) - Fire and biodiversity in the Serengeti ecosystem.
  • Alfan Rija - Reducing illegal activities in Tanzania
  • Dr Patricia Ryser-Welch - worked on programme SMART conservation software plug-in
  • Simina Adamescu (MSc) - Phenology of African forests
  • Alex Lobora (PhD) - Elephant corridors in southern Tanzania.
  • Justin Byrne (MSc) - Range limits among bird communities of the Albertine Rift


Research collaborators