He received his BSc in Biology from York University in 1990 and his PhD from Imperial College London in 1994. He has won numerous prizes for his research contributions to the Life Sciences including Imperial College’s TH Huxley medal, the British Ecological Society’s Marsh Prize for Ecology, the Scandinavian Oikos Society’s Per Brinck award, and the Zoological Society of London’s Scientific Medal. He was recently awarded a prize from Oxford University Student’s Union for his graduate student supervision.
Professor Coulson’s research focuses on unifying ecological and evolutionary theory to allow improved predictions on how environmental change will impact natural systems. The theory he has developed allows the dynamics of genes, phenotypes, populations, communities and ecosystems to be simultaneously projected into the future. He applies the theory he develops using data he helps collects to make predictions of the impacts of environmental change on ecosystems as diverse as the woodlands of Wytham, the freshwater streams of Trinidad, and the diverse landscapes of Yellowstone National Park.