Tim Blackburn | An Island Press author

Tim Blackburn

Tim Blackburn is a Professor of Invasion Biology at University College London. Previously, he was the Director of the Institute of Zoology the research arm of the Zoological Society of London, where he still has a research affiliation. He has been awarded Honorary Professorships at the Universities of Adelaide, Birmingham and Oxford, been named an Honorary Research Associate at the Centre of Excellence in Invasion Biology, Stellenbosch, and been an invited plenary speaker at numerous international conferences. His work in the 1990s with Kevin Gaston helped to define the newly emerging field of macroecology – the study of large-scale patterns in the distribution and abundance of species. His own writing has appeared in The Biologist and The Conversation, and his findings have been covered by PBS, the BBC’s Inside Science and Countryfile, The Guardian, Telegraph, and Evening Standard, Metro, The National (UAE),  India Times, Republic (India), Süddeutsche Zeitung (Germany), Publimetro (Mexico), Irish Times, and ABC (Australia).  

The Jewel Box: How Moths Illuminate Nature’s Hidden Rules by Tim Blackburn | An Island Press book

The Jewel Box

How Moths Illuminate Nature’s Hidden Rules

A plastic box with a lightbulb attached may seem like an odd birthday present. But for ecologist Tim Blackburn, a moth trap is a captivating window into the world beyond the roof terrace of his London flat. Whether gaudy or drab, rare or common, each moth ensnared by the trap is a treasure with a story to tell.