Thomas Merckx

Thomas Merckx


Urban evolutionary ecology


I’m doing postdoctoral research on the evolutionary ecology of Lepidoptera in urban environments. Throughout my scientific career I have used butterflies and macro-moths as models to study effects of and adaptation to environmental change – habitat fragmentation, agricultural intensification, rewilding, urbanisation – and this both at the community and intraspecific level.

Research interests

  • urban evolutionary ecology
  • thermal ecology
  • life-history adaptation
  • flight morphology and mobility
  • community ecology
  • landscape-scale conservation
  • rewilding
  • human-induced rapid environmental change
  • agri-environment schemes