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Dr Regan Early

Senior Lecturer in Conservation Biology

Daphne Du Maurier building (Room 3.057),

Centre for Ecology and Conservation,

University of Exeter, Penryn Campus,

Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE. UK.


Twitter: @reganearly



Natural Resources Wales contract “Development of a dormouse landscape model to support strategic conservation approaches in Wales”. Co-investigator. £25,000

Natural England contract LIFE Recreation ReMEDIES (LIFE18 NAT/UK/000039). Co-investigator. Modelling locations for seagrass restoration in the south of England. £20,000


UK Met Office contract to improve the pollen forecast with information about pollen distribution and phenology. Joint PI. £20,000


CABI contract “Forecasting the global invasion of Tuta absoluta”. £8000

UK Met Office contract “Pollen Modelling – vegetation source mapping”. Joint PI. £26,000


BBSRC GCRF IAA award. “Combating Pest Alien Species in Central Africa.” £15,000.


NERC iCASE studentship. “Climate opportunists: a threat to UK biodiversity and ecosystems?”

2015 - 2018

SERDP, the US Department of Defense Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program. Co-performer “Conserving threatened plants in a non-stationary world: a predictive framework for assessing risks and guiding management.” $930,000.


QuerCom: “Environmental controls of community structure and ecosystem function: an assessment with cork oak (Quercus suber) communities in the Iberian Peninsula.” (FCT, Portugal, EXPL/AAG-GLO/2488/2013). €50,000.

2013 - 2015

BiodivERsA pan-European project “European Conservation for the 21st Century.” (BIODIVERSA/0003/2011). €1.2 million.

2010 - 2014

Post-Doctoral Fellowship (FCT, Portugal). “Species range shifts under 21st century climate change: limitations and conservation strategies.” Funds salary and research for six years.


British Ecology Society, Small Ecological Project Grant. “Exploring the mechanisms of range limitation in a declining butterfly: implications for future distributions under climate change.” €2500.



Senior Lecturer in Conservation Biology, University of Exeter, UK

2010 - 2014

Postdoctoral Fellow, Cátedra Rui Nabeiro - Biodiversidade, Universidade de Évora, Portugal and Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, Madrid, Spain

2008 - 2010

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Brown University, USA

2003 - 2007

PhD, University of York, UK

1999 - 2002

BA Biological Sciences, Oxford University, UK


I lead the level 3 undergraduate field course to the Yukon Territory and Alaska. I also teach the level 2 module Trends in Ecology and Evolution, and co-teach the level 3 module ‘Science and Society’. Some of my previous teaching includes courses in invasions and species distribution modelling at the Doñana Biological Reserve international course in Spain, and species distribution modelling at MSc-level at Universidade de Évora, in Portugal.


See my Google Scholar page for publications.

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