Dr James Bull

Dr James Bull

Associate Professor, Biosciences

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 602972

Email address

Research Links

Available For Postgraduate Supervision


I am interested in spatial connectivity in population dynamics and the population-level consequences of movement, as well as disease ecology. These research areas overlap as free-living organisms come into contact with transmissible agents of infectious disease. I use a combination of mathematical modelling, ecological experiments with model species, and field observations from natural ecosystems.

In my theoretical research on population and community ecology, I ask questions about persistence, co-existence, and resilience of species. This is grounded in important applied problems, including agri-environmental sustainability, biodiversity loss, and marine management, in the face of environmental change.


Areas Of Expertise

  • Ecological statistics
  • Long-term monitoring
  • Marine mammals
  • Metapopulations
  • Pest control
  • Pollinators
  • Population dynamics and genetics
  • Seagrass

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

Most of my undergraduate teaching revolves around experimental design, statistics, and field survey techniques.

I supervise postgraduate research projects on understanding species distributions, dynamics, and resilience. I can provide expert supervision in data analysis and modelling, as well as logistical advice and support for practical projects in the lab or field.

I am Biosciences Director of Postgraduate Research and coordinate Biosciences Maths and Statistics Support (BioMaSS), also known as ‘Stats Help’.


Currently, my research focuses on insects as pests and pollinators, coastal ecosystems, and marine mammals but I always welcome ideas for exploring interesting population dynamics in other systems.

I have a lot of experience working with long-term monitoring projects and am particularly keen to hear about new opportunities.

Award Highlights
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society