Head of Computational Ecology and Environmental Science Group, Microsoft Research
Drew Purves is head of the Computational Ecology and Environmental Science Group (CEES), a part of the Computational Science Lab at Microsoft Research Cambridge. The goal of CEES is to develop predictive models of ecological systems, by inventing and applying new models and new scientific software tools.
Drew studied ecology at Cambridge University, did a PhD in ecological modelling at the University of York (UK, working under Prof. Richard Law), and spent nearly 6 years as a postdoc in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) Department at Princeton University (working under Prof. Stephen Pacala), before joining MSR Cambridge in 2007. His research has led to over 30 publications in peer-reviewed journals including Science, PNAS, Proc Roy Soc B, Global Change Biology, Ecology, Ecological Monographs and Ecology Letters. Drew co-supervises several PhD students at European universities, and since 2008 has been an affiliate lecturer at Cambridge University. He is currently the treasurer of the British Ecological Society.