Dr Brad Duthie

Lecturer in Environmental Modelling

Biological and Environmental Sciences University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Dr Brad Duthie

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About me

I am an evolutionary ecologist and ecological modeller with broad interests in developing theory across the biological and environmental sciences. My research primarily uses mathematical and individual-based models to understand complex interactions in populations, communities, and social-ecological systems. I am especially interested in applying these modelling approaches to questions concerning the evolution and maintenance of biodiversity, and the management of populations under conservation conflict.

Brief Biography

  • Lecturer in Environmental Modelling (2020-present)
  • Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow (2017-2020)
  • ERC Postdoctoral Research Assistant (2016-2017)
  • ERC Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2013-2016; University of Aberdeen)
  • PhD Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (2007-2013; Iowa State University; Graduate minor in statistics)
  • BSc Biology (2003-2007; Southern Illinois University Edwardsville; specialisation in Ecology, Evolution, and Environment; Magna cum laude)
  • BSc Philosophy (2003-2007; Southern Illinois University Edwardsville; minor in Chemistry; Magna cum laude)

Divisional / Faculty Contribution

Advance HE and Library Representative

BES Tuesday Seminar Organiser

Stirling Coding Club Organiser
Stirling Coding Club is a fun, informal way to learn or improve your coding skills. Our goal is to create a friendly, no-pressure environment where people can share their work, ask for help on coding problems, and learn and work together. You do not need to have any experience in coding to join or attend these workshops, and we welcome students and staff across the university at all levels of experience.

Professional Career

Associate Editor
Journal of Animal Ecology

Professional membership

British Ecological Society, Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour

Professional qualification

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Higher Education Academy

Research (3)

My research focuses on evolutionary, ecological, and social-ecological questions by developing theory using mathematical and computational (i.e., individual-based) modelling. Specific areas of interest include ecological community stability and coexistence, animal inbreeding and parental investment behaviour, and the dynamics of social-ecological systems under conflict. Current projects in which I am involved as a principle investigator, co-investigator, or associate member include the following:

  • Resolving conflicts between food security and biodiversity conservation under uncertainty (ConFooBio); associate member: The ConFooBio project investigates conflicts between food security and biodiversity conservation. As an membe of this working group, I lead the development of the Generalised Management Strategy Evaluation (GMSE) social-ecological modelling R software package.

  • Enhancing Diversity to Overcome Resistance Evolution (ENDORSE); Co-investigator: The ENDORSE project develops a new approach to sustainable agriculture by applying fungal biopesticides in a heterogeneous environment to combat the evolution of pesticide resistance and facilitate long-term pest control. As a Co-I on this project, I lead a work package that focuses on developing new individual-based modelling to investigate the scale at which biopesticide strains and crop species need to be diversified in order to overcome pesticide resistance in the long-term. Software for modelling has been released as part of the resevol R package.

  • Unification of Modern Coexistence Theory and Price Equation (UNICOP); Principal investigator: The UNICOP project focuses on unifying theory concerning how shared processes shape the evolution and coexistence of biodiverse communities, and attempts to bridge gaps that currently exist among parallel theoretical frameworks.

I am additionally interested in the application of games to social-ecological research and model development, the evolution of nuptial gift gifts, and the use of functional traits in ecological research.


The evolution of female mating systems: tracing the origins and tracking the consequences
PI: Dr Rebecca Boulton
Funded by: Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

Enhancing Diversity to Overcome Resistance Evolution
PI: Dr Matthew Tinsley
Funded by: Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

Biodiversity and ecosystem function in ephemeral patches: a trait-based approach
PI: Dr Brad Duthie
Funded by: The Leverhulme Trust

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Jones IL, Timoshenko A, Zuban I, Zhadan K, Cusack JJ, Duthie AB, Hodgson ID, Minderman J, Pozo RA, Whytock RC & Bunnefeld N (2022) Achieving international biodiversity targets: learning from local norms, values and actions regarding migratory waterfowl management in Kazakhstan. Journal of Applied Ecology, 59 (7), pp. 1911-1924. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2664.14198


Cusack J, Duthie AB, Rakotonarivo OS, Pozo R, Mason T, Månsson J, Nilsson L, Tombre I, Eythórsson E, Madsen J, Tulloch AIT, Hearn R, Redpath S & Bunnefeld N (2019) Time series analysis reveals synchrony and asynchrony between conflict management effort and increasing large grazing bird populations in northern Europe. Conservation Letters, 12 (1), Art. No.: e12450. https://doi.org/10.1111/conl.12450


Redpath S, Keane A, Andren H, Baynham-Herd Z, Bunnefeld N, Duthie AB, Frank J, Garcia CA, Mansson J, Nilsson L, Pollard CRJ, Rakotonarivo OS, Salk CF & Travers H (2018) Games as Tools to Address Conservation Conflicts. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 33 (6), pp. 415-426. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2018.03.005



As an educator, I take a learning-centred approach to guide students through course material, and I evaluate my teaching as successful when I have evidence that students are thinking actively and effectively about biological concepts. I hold the following professional teaching qualifications:

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Graduate Student Teaching Certificate (Iowa State University)

I currently contribute to the following modules:

  • Statistical Techniques (SCIU4T4; Coordinator)
  • Behavioural Ecology (BIOU6BE; Teacher)
  • Evolution and Genetics (BIOU3GE; Coordinator)
  • Biology Field Course (SCIU3FB; Teacher)
  • Honours Research Dissertation (BIOU9PR; Supervisor)

I am also currently the primary supervisor of four PhD students.