Staff profile

Prof. Simon Creer



Location: ECW 3rd floor

Phone: 2302

I am interested in using contemporary molecular tools to address diverse questions focusing on biodiversity, ecology and evolution. This is a particularly exciting time in the field of molecular ecology, since advances in DNA sequencing throughput have recently offered a paradigm shift in our ability to assess previously intractable functional and taxonomic biodiversity at an unprecedented scale, augmenting existing biodiversity fields and empowering others.

Using such technologies, I am testing a range of hypotheses regarding the alpha and beta functional and taxonomic diversity of macro-, meio- and microbial communities (e.g. microbiomes) in space and time. Focal environments include estuarine, coastal, freshwater, terrestrial, the deep sea and whole organisms, in order to understand the drivers of diversity in natural communities and also how diversity is linked with ecological function/disease state. Additional activities include the investigation of transcriptomic responses to environmental peturbation, mitogenomics, population genetics, life history evolution, polyploidy and "second-generation" biomonitoring. These projects facilitate the investigation of links between biodiversity and ecosystem processes, understanding environmental genomic responses to change/adaptive evolution and the advancement of the field of phylogenetics.

Link to personal webpage

Offices held


  • SBS Board of Studies
  • SBS Management Committee
  • SBS REF2020 Co-ordinator
  • SBS Research Committee