Dr Lawrence Hudson

Dr Lawrence Hudson

Digitisation Systems Engineer and PDRA, PREDICTS

Department: Life Sciences
Division: LS Genomics and Microbial Biodiversity Division
Contact: email
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Purvis Lab

Andrew Purvis, Lawrence Hudson, Victoria Burton

Specialisms

biodiversity, data analysis, data visualisation, digitisation, food webs, informatics, scientific software

Summary

I work in the museum's informatics group on a number of projects related to the digitisation of collections. I work with other scientists and with curators to achieve the museum's goal of digitising 20 million of our 80 million specimens by 2020. I develop processes and software to make possible the high-throughput digital imaging that this target requires, such as the automated segmentation of scanned images of multiple specimens, reading barcodes within images and annotation of metadata. My other role within the museum is as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Andy Purvis' lab, where I am part of PREDICTS (Projecting Responses of Ecological Diversity In Changing Terrestrial Systems) - a collaborative project that is investigating how biodiversity in terrestrial communities responds to human pressures. We model biodiversity responses at a global scale using data collected at local levels. My main job in the team is to produce software to handle all aspects of the project's data including collation, validation, curation, visualisation and extraction. I love working with open-source software, particularly Python, Linux, PostgreSQL, PostGIS, R, Qt and OpenCV.

Qualifications

Degrees

PhD Computational Ecology, Imperial College London, United Kingdom, 2009 - 2012

MSc Ecology, Evolution and Conservation, Imperial College London, United Kingdom, 2008 - 2009

Employment history

Academic

Digitisation System Engineer, Natural History Museum, Informatics, United Kingdom, 2014 - ongoing

Post-doctoral Research Associate, PREDICTS project, Natural History Museum, United Kingdom, 2013 - ongoing

Post-doctoral Research Associate, PREDICTS project, Imperial College London, United Kingdom, 2012 - 2013

Publications

Newbold T, Hudson LN, Hill SLL, Contu S, Lysenko I, Senior RA, Börger L, Bennett DJ, Choimes A, Collen B, Day J, De Palma A, Díaz S, Echeverria-Londoño S, Edgar MJ, Feldman A, Garon M, Harrison MLK, Alhusseini T, Ingram DJ, Itescu Y, Kattge J, Kemp V, Kirkpatrick L, Kleyer M, Correia DLP, Martin CD, Meiri S, Novosolov M, Pan Y, Phillips HRP, Purves DW, Robinson A, Simpson J, Tuck SL, Weiher E, White HJ, Ewers RM, Mace GM, Scharlemann JPW, Purvis A (2015) Global effects of land use on local terrestrial biodiversity. Nature, 520 (7545): 45 - 50. doi: 10.1038/nature14324

Hudson LN, Newbold T, Contu S, Hill SLL, Lysenko I, De Palma A, Phillips HRP, Senior RA, Bennett DJ, Booth H, Choimes A, Correia DLP, Day J, Echeverría-Londoño S, Garon M, Harrison MLK, Ingram DJ, Jung M, Kemp V, Kirkpatrick L, Martin CD, Pan Y, White HJ, Aben J, Abrahamczyk S, Adum GB, Aguilar-Barquero V, Aizen MA, Ancrenaz M, Arbeláez-Cortés E, Armbrecht I, Azhar B, Azpiroz AB, Baeten L, Báldi A, Banks JE, Barlow J, Batáry P, Bates AJ, Bayne EM, Beja P, Berg Å, Berry NJ, Bicknell JE, Bihn JH, Böhning-Gaese K, Boekhout T, Boutin C, Bouyer J, Brearley FQ, Brito I, Brunet J, Buczkowski G, Buscardo E, Cabra-García J, Calviño-Cancela M, Cameron SA, Cancello EM, Carrijo TF, Carvalho AL, Castro H, Castro-Luna AA, Cerda R, Cerezo A, Chauvat M, Clarke FM, Cleary DFR, Connop SP, D'Aniello B, da Silva PG, Darvill B, Dauber J, Dejean A, Diekötter T, Dominguez-Haydar Y, Dormann CF, Dumont B, Dures SG, Dynesius M, Edenius L, Elek Z, Entling MH, Farwig N, Fayle TM, Felicioli A, Felton AM, Ficetola GF, Filgueiras BKC, Fonte SJ, Fraser LH, Fukuda D, Furlani D, Ganzhorn JU, Garden JG, Gheler-Costa C, Giordani P, Giordano S, Gottschalk MS, Goulson D, Gove AD, Grogan J, Hanley ME, Hanson T, Hashim NR, Hawes JE, Hébert C, Helden AJ, Henden J-A, Hernández L, Herzog F, Higuera-Diaz D, Hilje B, Horgan FG, Horváth R, Hylander K, Isaacs-Cubides P, Ishitani M, Jacobs CT, Jaramillo VJ, Jauker B, Jonsell M, Jung TS, Kapoor V, Kati V, Katovai E, Kessler M, Knop E, Kolb A, Kőrösi Á, Lachat T, Lantschner V, Le Féon V, LeBuhn G, Légaré J-P, Letcher SG, Littlewood NA, López-Quintero CA, Louhaichi M, Lövei GL, Lucas-Borja ME, Luja VH, Maeto K, Magura T, Mallari NA, Marin-Spiotta E, Marshall EJP, Martínez E, Mayfield MM, Mikusinski G, Milder JC, Miller JR, Morales CL, Muchane MN, Muchane M, Naidoo R, Nakamura A, Naoe S, Nates-Parra G, Navarrete Gutierrez DA, Neuschulz EL, Noreika N, Norfolk O, Noriega JA, Nöske NM, O'Dea N, Oduro W, Ofori-Boateng C, Oke CO, Osgathorpe LM, Paritsis J, Parra-H A, Pelegrin N, Peres CA, Persson AS, Petanidou T, Phalan B, Philips TK, Poveda K, Power EF, Presley SJ, Proença V, Quaranta M, Quintero C, Redpath-Downing NA, Reid JL, Reis YT, Ribeiro DB, Richardson BA, Richardson MJ, Robles CA, Römbke J, Romero-Duque LP, Rosselli L, Rossiter SJ, Roulston TH, Rousseau L, Sadler JP, Sáfián S, Saldaña-Vázquez RA, Samnegård U, Schüepp C, Schweiger O, Sedlock JL, Shahabuddin G, Sheil D, Silva FAB, Slade EM, Smith-Pardo AH, Sodhi NS, Somarriba EJ, Sosa RA, Stout JC, Struebig MJ, Sung Y-H, Threlfall CG, Tonietto R, Tóthmérész B, Tscharntke T, Turner EC, Tylianakis JM, Vanbergen AJ, Vassilev K, Verboven HAF, Vergara CH, Vergara PM, Verhulst J, Walker TR, Wang Y, Watling JI, Wells K, Williams CD, Willig MR, Woinarski JCZ, Wolf JHD, Woodcock BA, Yu DW, Zaitsev AS, Collen B, Ewers RM, Mace GM, Purves DW, Scharlemann JPW, Purvis A (2014) The PREDICTS database: a global database of how local terrestrial biodiversity responds to human impacts. Ecology and Evolution, 4 (24): 4701 - 4735. doi: 10.1002/ece3.1303

Newbold T, Hudson LN, Phillips HRP, Hill SLL, Contu S, Lysenko I, Blandon A, Butchart SHM, Booth HL, Day J, De Palma A, Harrison MLK, Kirkpatrick L, Pynegar E, Robinson A, Simpson J, Mace GM, Scharlemann JPW, Purvis A (2014) A global model of the response of tropical and sub-tropical forest biodiversity to anthropogenic pressures. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 281 (1792): 20141371 - 20141371. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2014.1371

Tuck SL, Phillips HRP, Hintzen RE, Scharlemann JPW, Purvis A, Hudson LN (2014) MODISTools - downloading and processing MODIS remotely sensed data in R. Ecology and Evolution, 4 (24): 4658 - 4668. doi: 10.1002/ece3.1273

Hudson LN, Emerson R, Jenkins GB, Layer K, Ledger ME, Pichler DE, THOMPSON MSA, O'Gorman EJ, Woodward G, Reuman DC (2013) Cheddar: analysis and visualisation of ecological communities in R. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 4 (1): 99 - 104. doi: 10.1111/2041-210x.12005

Hudson LN, Isaac NJB, Reuman DC (2013) The relationship between body mass and field metabolic rate among individual birds and mammals. JAnimEcol, 82 (5): 1009 - 1020. doi: 10.1111/1365-2656.12086

Hudson LN, Newbold T, Purves DW, Scharlemann JPW, Mace G, Purvis A (2013) Projecting Responses of Ecological Diversity In Changing Terrestrial Systems (PREDICTS): Can you help?. BES Bulletin, 44 : 36 - 37.

Hudson LN, Reuman DC (2013) A cure for the plague of parameters: constraining models of complex population dynamics with allometries. ProcRSocB, 280 (1770): 20131901 - 20131901. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2013.1901

Ledger ME, Milner AM, Brown LE, Edwards FK, Hudson LN, Woodward G (2013) Extreme Climatic Events Alter Aquatic Food Webs. A Synthesis of Evidence from a Mesocosm Drought Experiment. Advances In Ecological Research, 48 : 343 - 395. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-417199-2.00006-9

Newbold T, Hudson LN, Purves DW, Scharlemann JPW, Mace G, Purvis A (2012) PREDICTS: Projecting Responses of Ecological Diversity in Changing Terrestrial Systems. Frontiers of Biogeography, 4 : 155 - 156.

O'Gorman EJ, Pichler DE, Adams G, Benstead JP, Cohen H, Craig N, Cross WF, Demars BOL, Friberg N, Gislason GM, Gudmundsdottir R, Hawczak A, Hood JM, Hudson LN, Johansson L, Johansson MP, Junker JR, Laurila A, Manson JR, Mavromati E, Nelson D, Olafsson JS, Perkins DM, Petchey OL, Plebani M, Reuman DC, Rall BC, Stewart R, Thompson MSA, Woodward G (2012) Impacts of Warming on the Structure and Functioning of Aquatic Communities: Individual-to Ecosystem-Level Responses. , Woodward G, Jacob U, Ogorman EJ, Advances in Ecological Research, Vol 47: Global Change in Multispecies Systems, Pt 2., pp. 81 - 176.

Woodward G, Brown LE, Edwards F, Hudson LN, Milner AM, Reuman DC, Ledger ME (2012) Climate change impacts in multispecies systems: drought alters food web size-structure in a field experiment. PhilTransRSocB, 367 (1605): 2903 - 2912. doi: 10.1098/rstb.2012.0245

Highlighted publications

Newbold T, Hudson LN, Hill SLL, Contu S, Lysenko I, et al (2015) Global effects of land use on local terrestrial biodiversity. Nature, 520 (7545): 45 - 50. doi: 10.1038/nature14324

Hudson LN, Newbold T, Contu S, Hill SLL, Lysenko I, et al (2014) The PREDICTS database: a global database of how local terrestrial biodiversity responds to human impacts. Ecology and Evolution, 4 (24): 4701 - 4735. doi: 10.1002/ece3.1303