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Dr Edward Brede

Teaching Fellow in Biological Sciences
+44 (0)1483 686822
28 AY 04



Experienced consultant field ecologist having provided mitigation expertise at/for a number of UK sites/consultancies.

(2014-2015) Consultant Ecologist (habitat & training officer), Froglife (UK).

(2012 - 2013) Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow, Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen (UK)

(2008 - 2012) Senior Postdoctoral Researcher, Organisms and Environment Group, Cardiff Uni. (UK).

(2007 - 2008) Postdoctoral Research Co-ordinator, Epidemiology Group, Inst. Zoology (UK).

(2004 - 2007) Postdoctoral Researcher, Max Planck Inst. for Evol. Biology (Germany).

Uni. of Sussex (UK) D.Phil (Biological Sciences).Uni. of Wales (UK) M.Sc (Ecology).

Uni. of Greenwich (UK) B.Ed (Education)

Research interests

My interests lie in studying interactions between the genomes of organisms and their environment, focusing on three areas:-

  • How social, ecological, behavioural, host-parasite, climatic, structural and demographic/ temporal parameters shape the genome,
  • How these factors lead to epigenetic/genetic adaptations and their role in locally adapted traits,
  • The implications these have for the fitness of an individual/population/species, the mechanisms responsible for their persistence and ultimately how these lead to evolution/ speciation.


I teach on a range of courses in the School of Biosciences and Medicine at both the Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels.

My primary focus here at Surrey is developing courses/modules and student experience within the areas of Ecology and Zoology.

Publication highlights

Brede EG, Gilbert MTP, Bruford MW (in prep). A mitogenome approach for interspecies comparisons in three Madagascan Rallidae (Amaurornis olivieri, Canirallus kioloides, Canirallus). Mol. Ecol

Brede EG (in press). May the best (fittest) newt win!…a study of a historically introduced non-native amphibian (Triturus carnifex). Amphib.Rep., XX, xxx-xxx.

Eberhart-Phillips LJ, Hoffman JI, Brede EG, Zefania S, Kamrad M, Székely T, Bruford MW (2015). Contrasting genetic diversity and population structure among three sympatric Madagascan shorebirds: parallels with rarity, endemism, and dispersal. Ecol.& Evol., 5(5), 997-1010.

Adis J, Sperber CF, Brede EG, et al (2008b). On morphometric differences in the grasshopper C. aquaticum from Eichhornia in South America and South Africa. J. of Orthop Res. 17,141-7.

Brede EG, Adis J, Schneider P (2008a). Genetic diversity, population structure and gene flow in native populations of a proposed biocontrol agent (C. aquaticum).Biol. J. Linn.Soc.95, 666- 676.

Brede EG, Adis J, Schneider P (2007). What is responsible for the variance in life history traits of a semi aquatic grasshopper (C.aquaticum)? A test of 3 hypotheses. Stud Neo Fauna Env, 6, 1-9.

Brede EG, Beebee TJC (2006b) Consistently different levels of genetic variation across the European ranges of two anurans, Bufo bufo and Rana temporaria. Herpetological J., 16, 265-271.

Brede EG, Beebee TJC (2006a). Large variations in the ratio of effective breeding and census population sizes between two species of pond breeding anurans. Biol. J. Linn. Soc., 89, 365-372.

Brede EG, Beebee TJC (2004). Contrasting population structures in two sympatric anurans: implications for species conservation. Heredity 92, 110-117.

Brede EG, Thorpe RS, Arntzen JW, Langton TES (2000). A morphometric study of a hybrid newt population (Triturus cristatus/T. carnifex). Biol. J. Linn. Soc., 70, 685 - 695.


A general prediction of the neutral theory of evolution is that genetic diversity should correlate positively with effective population size. We show here that diversity across eight microsatellite loci was consistently and substantially lower in one common amphibian (Bufo bufo) than in another with similar life history traits (Rana temporaria) despite B. bufo having the larger breeding assemblage sizes. However, B. bufo breeding assemblages were much more highly differentiated than those of R. temporaria according to both Fst and Rst estimators. These differences occurred in shared habitats across identical geographical distances. The patterns of genetic diversity and differentiation detected in these two species were probably a consequence of high gene flow in R. temporaria but much lower gene flow among the larger but more dispersed B. bufo assemblages. These observations highlight the difficulty of defining the boundaries of wild populations, and show how two broadly similar species can exhibit very different population dynamics.

EDWARD G BREDE, TREVOR J. C BEEBEE (2005)Polymerase chain reaction primers for microsatellite loci in the semi-aquatic grasshopper, Cornops aquaticum, In: Molecular ecology notes5(4)pp. 914-916 Blackwell Science Ltd
EDWARD G BREDE, TREVOR J. C BEEBEE (2006)Large variations in the ratio of effective breeding and census population sizes between two species of pond-breeding anurans, In: Biological journal of the Linnean Society89(2)pp. 365-372 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
EDWARD G BREDE, JOACHIM ADIS, PAULA SCHNEIDER (2008)Genetic diversity, population structure and gene flow in native populations of a proposed biocontrol agent (Cornops aquaticum), In: Biological journal of the Linnean Society95(4)pp. 666-676 Blackwell Publishing Ltd