Geography and Environment

University of Southampton

Highfield Campus, Southampton,

SO17 1BJ, United Kingdom


phone +44 741 041 1583

skype laurajegraham

dob 4th April 1982


I am an ecologist interested in understanding how anthropogenic changes such as climate change and habitat loss affect global ecosystems, and how this in turn affects human well-being. I am particularly interested in using novel statistical methods and heterogeneous sources of data to answer applied and theoretical questions. In my current position, I am focussed on understanding the effect of scale and spatial structure on ecosystem service provision and as such am developing spatially-explicit social-ecological systems models.



Research Fellow in Spatial Modelling. University of Southampton, UK

Working on the ERC funded project ‘SCALEFORES: Developing a science of scale for ecosystem services’

PI: Felix Eigenbrod


Postdoctoral Research Associate. Stony Brook University, NY, USA

Working on the NASA funded project 'Combining time-series data, ecology and physiology to predict the consequences of climate change on hummingbird diversity'.

PI: Catherine Graham


Research Assistant. EU OpenNESS Project

Literature reviews of the connections between natural capital/ecosystem services and macroeconomic competitiveness, and of the state of the field of adaptive management.


Data Analyst. Experian Ltd. Nottingham

Data analysis, processing and statistical analysis for development and maintenance of core Business Strategies databases and products. I combined socio-demographic and locational data with retail data into reports and analyses to enable my clients to make business decisions.



PhD, Geography; University of Nottingham

Thesis title: Strengthening urban landscape planning: a metapopulation modelling framework

Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

The central argument of my PhD research was that ecological impact assessment needs to be done at a landscape scale. To this end, I examined how metapopulation modelling can be used to perform such an assessment and used my methods to compare urban planning scenarios. This research required me to work at the science–policy interface.

Supervisors: Prof. Roy Haines-Young & Dr. Richard Field

Examiners: Prof. Jon Sadler, Dr. Adam Algar


MSc, Environmental Management: Distinction. University of Nottingham

Thesis title: An Assessment of the suitability of the Incidence Function Model for use in planning and assessing Environmental Stewardship Schemes

Modules included Ecosystem Services & Human Well-being, Foundations in Environmental Management, Frameworks for Environmental Management, Research Methods, Fundamentals of GIS, Geocomputation.


BSc, Mathematics, First; University of Southampton

Modules taken focussed on pure mathematics and statistics.



PhD studentship “How Effective Are Environmental Stewardship Schemes with Regards to Wildlife Conservation?” (£54,216 for fees, maintenance and research training grant)


Peer-reviewed Journal Articles


Graham, LJ, Haines-Young RH, & Field R. (2018). The incidence function model as a tool for landscape-scale ecological impact assessments. Landscape and Urban Planning, 170, 187–194.


Graham, LJ, Weinstein, B. G., Supp, S. R., & Graham, C. H. (2017). Future geographic patterns of novel and disappearing assemblages across three dimensions of diversity: A case study with Ecuadorian hummingbirds. Diversity and Distributions, 23, 944–954.

Graham, LJ, Haines-Young, RH, & Field, R. (2017). Metapopulation modelling of long-term urban habitat-loss scenarios. Landscape Ecology, 32, 989–1003.


Graham LJ, Haines-Young RH, Field R. (2016). Strengthening urban landscape planning: a metapopulation modelling framework. In Urban Landscape Ecology: Science, Policy and Practice. Routledge.


Graham LJ, Haines-Young RH, Field R. Using citizen science data for conservation planning: methods for quality control and downscaling for use in stochastic patch occupancy modelling. Biological Conservation, 192, 65–73. 


Graham LJ, Bailey JJ, Algar AC, Field R. Where next for macroecology: citizen macroecology?. Frontiers of Biogeography. 6(1).

Other publications


Graham LJ. Programming. In A Guide to Reproducible Code. Eds. Cooper, N, Hsing, P-Y. British Ecological Society [peer reviewed]



Statistics and Programming. University of Southampton

I have developed statistics and programming materials for the following courses:

  • Skills and Project work for GIS MSc
  • Data Collection and Research Methods for Sustainability MSc
  • Programming for GIS and Spatial Analyses MSc
  • Spatial analysis workshop for ADVENT students PhD


Software Carpentry Workshop Instructor

Teaching coding skills to scientists. I have run workshops at the New York Academy of Sciences and assisted a workshop at Stony Brook University.


Teaching Assistant. University of Nottingham

I have provided teaching support for the following modules:

  • Interpreting Geographical Data First year undergraduate statistics
  • Digital Explorers Second year undergraduate GIS
  • Geographical Research Methods Masters level statistics
  • Professional GIS Masters level GIS
  • Lake District Field Trip First year undergraduate field course. I developed and delivered a one day activity for this module
  • Tutorial Groups First year undergraduate tutorial groups on biodiversity and ecosystem services

I also provided informal support for undergraduate and masters dissertation projects.


Online Facilitator. FutureLearn

I provided facilitation support for the massive online open courses Sustainability, Society and You and Shale Gas and Fracking: the politics and science.



Nathan Fox, SPITFIRE PhD, University of Southampton

Thesis title: The applications for geodiversity as a proxy measure of other environmental variables.

Primary Supervisor: Kate Parks. CASE funding: James Bullock, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.


Laura Gambino, MA Ecology, Stony Brook University

Thesis title: North American hummingbird species distribution and richness in relation to the phenology of plant resources.

Primary Supervisor: Catherine Graham


Gillian Benson, MSc Environmental Management, University of Nottingham

Thesis title: Testing downscaling methods for woodland bird species.

Primary Supervisor: Richard Field




Peer review

Biological Conservation, Ecography, Ecological Informatics, Functional Ecology, Global Ecology and Biogeography, Journal of Biogeography, Landscape Ecology, Methods in Ecology and Evolution, Oikos, PeerJ, Wilson Journal of Ornithology.

I am also a member of the British Ecological Society Review College


Co-Secretary of British Ecological Society Quantitative Ecology Special Interest Group.


Dr. Felix Eigenbrod

Geography and Environment

University of Southampton

Highfield Campus


SO17 1BJ

Prof. Catherine Graham

Eidg. Forschungsanstalt WSL
Zürcherstrasse 111
8903 Birmensdorf

Dr. Richard Field

School of Geography

University of Nottingham

University Park