Brandon Samuel Whitley

Brandon Samuel Whitley

PhD fellow

PhD Fellow in Arctic Plant Diversity and Pollination Networks

Brandon is a PhD Fellow at the Natural History Museum of Denmark (NHMD), University of Copenhagen, under the supervision of Dr. Natasha de Vere. His research aims to determine current drivers of Arctic vascular plant diversity (spatial richness and phylogenetic diversity) and plant-pollinator interactions in Greenland, and to quantify future climatic impacts on Arctic terrestrial ecosystems. The findings of his research will be used to help predict the consequences of future environmental change to Arctic terrestrial ecosystems, and support public awareness, conservation efforts, and policy development to protect Arctic biodiversity.


Brandon is interested in understanding the ecological and evolutionary impacts of climate change, habitat fragmentation, and biodiversity loss on species, networks, and ecosystems, with a particular interest in polar systems. His current research focusses on Greenland, a polar region at the forefront of the climate change crisis.


Brandon started his PhD Fellowship in November 2022. Before this, he completed the dual degree Erasmus Mundus Master Programme in Evolutionary Biology, where he studied and conducted research at four institutions over two years (namely in Sweden, France, Germany, and Norway/Svalbard). He holds an MSc in Evolution, Ecology and Systematics from the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (Germany), and an MSc in Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution from The University of Montpellier (France). Before this, he completed his BSc in Global Sustainability Science (majoring in water, climate, and ecosystem science) at Utrecht University (The Netherlands).


Twitter: @BrandonWhit1ey


Web of Science ResearcherID: HHC-0933-2022

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