Amelia Penny

Amelia Penny


Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I have one project currently available through the NERC E4 Doctoral Training Partnership, on the ecological and evolutionary impacts of unstable oxygen levels in the sea, co-supervised by Prof Rachel Wood. If you're interested in applying, get in touch! More details available here:

If you'd like to develop your own PhD project with me in macroecology, marine palaeoecology or biodiversity, you're very welcome to contact me to discuss.

Personal profile

Research Interests

I'm a palaeoecologist and macroecologist, interested in how living things change their environments, and how these changes feed back into ecosystems over the long term. I see the human-induced changes of the Anthropocene as a dramatic example of these feedbacks in action. 

My work investigates how biodiversity change progresses, at timescales ranging from decades to millions of years, and in a wide range of organisms - from marine invertebrates to terrestrial plants. I believe long-term perspectives can help to inform the ways we value and protect biodiversity for the future, particularly under long-term impacts such as climate change.


I am Course Organiser for the course Ecological and Environmental Analysis (ECSC08008).

Administrative Roles

I'm a member of the organising team for the Global Change seminar series in the School of GeoSciences.

Education/Academic qualification

Geoscience, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Ediacaran skeletal metazoans: Affinities, ecology and the role of oxygenation, University of Edinburgh

1 Sept 20133 Jul 2017

Award Date: 3 Jul 2017

College Research Themes

  • College of Science and Engineering


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