Professor Tim Sparks

I received a Graduate Diploma in Statistics in 1986, an M.Sc (with distinction) in Applied Statistics in 1988, an M.Sc (with distinction) in Operational Research in 1993 and a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences in 2001. After working in agricultural research I moved to ecological research at the Monks Wood Research Station in 1991 and stayed there until it was closed in 2009. I am currently a visiting professor at the Poznań University of Life Sciences and at the University of Liverpool, a visiting researcher in the Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, and a Hans Fischer Senior Fellow, Technische Universität München. I have a wide range of interests associated with conservation, environmental change and the interpretation of data. I remain an advisor for the UK Phenology Network which I founded in 1998. I have co-authored more than 300 publications, particularly in phenology and climate impacts.

  • Menzel, A., Sparks, T.H., Estrella, N., Koch, E., Aasa, A., Ahas, R., Alm-Kubler, K., Bissolli, P., Braslavska, O., Briede, A., Chmielewski, F.M., Crepinsek, Z., Curnel, Y., Dahl, A., Defila, C., Donnelly, A., Filella I., Jatczak, K., Mage, F., Mestre, A., Nordli, O., Penuelas, J., Pirinen, P., Remisova, V., Scheifinger, H., Striz, M., Susnik, A., Wielgolaski., F-E, van Vliet, A., Zach, S., and Zust, A. (2006) 'European phenological response to climate change matches the warming pattern'. Global Change Biology 12, 1969-1976. 
  • Sparks, T.H., and Carey, P.D. (1995) 'The responses of species to climate over two centuries: An analysis of the Marsham phenological record, 1736-1947'. Journal of Ecology 83, 321-329. 
  • Thackeray, S.J., Sparks, T.H., Frederiksen, M., Burthe, S., Bacon, P.J., Bell, J.R., Botham, M.S., Brereton, T.M., Bright, W., Carvalho, L., Clutton-Brock, T., Dawson, A., Edwards, M., Elliott, J.M., Harrington, R., Johns, D., Jones, I.D., Jones, J.T., Leech, D.I., Roy, D.B., Scott, W.A., Smith, M., Smithers, R.J., Winfield, I.J., and Wanless, S. (2010) 'Trophic level asynchrony in rates of phenological change for marine, freshwater and terrestrial environments'. Global Change Biology 16 (12), 3304-3313. 
  • Crick, H.Q.P., and Sparks, T.H. (1999) 'Climate change related to egg-laying trends'. Nature399, 423-424. 
  • Gange, A.C., Gange, E.G., Sparks, T.H., and Boddy, L. (2007) 'Rapid and recent changes in fungal fruiting patterns'. Science 316, 71. 
  • Sparks, T.H., Jeffree, E.P., and Jeffree, C.E. (2000) 'An examination of the relationship between flowering times and temperature at the national scale using long-term phenological records from the UK'. International Journal of Biometeorology 44, 82-87. 
  • Roy, D.B., and Sparks, T.H. (2000) 'Phenology of British butterflies and climate change'.Global Change Biology 6, 407-416. 
  • Lehikoinen, E., Sparks, T.H., and Zalakevicius, M. (2004) 'Arrival and departure dates'. In Birds and Climate Change. Advances in Ecological Research, 35. Ed. by Moller, A.P., Fiedler, W., and Berthold, P.1-31. 
  • Sparks, T.H., Bairlein, F., Bojarinova, J.G., Huppop, O., Lehikoinen, E.A., Rainio, K., Sokolov, L.V., and Walker, D. (2005) 'Examining the total arrival distribution of migratory birds'. Global Change Biology 11, 22-30
  • Sparks, T.H., Roy, D.B., and Dennis, R.L.H. (2005) 'The influence of temperature on migration of Lepidoptera into Britain'. Global Change Biology 11, 507-514.
  • COST725: European network of phenological researchers. 
  • SPACE 2: Investigating phenological responses across the UK. 
  • JenynsEvaluation of historical records of species abundance and distribution. 
  • Linked Indicators: The use of linking indicators rather than treating them in isolation. 
  • Spring Index: An index for government use to assess change in spring timing.
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University of the year shortlisted
QS Five Star Rating 2020
Coventry City of Culture 2021