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Dr. BONEBRAKE, Timothy Carlton

Dr. BONEBRAKE, Timothy Carlton

Associate Professor, School of Biological Sciences, School of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, HKU

BSc (University of California, Berkeley) PhD (Stanford University)


  • 2299 0675
  • 2559 9114
  • KBSB 6S15

Teaching Areas

  • Conservation Biology
  • Environmental Data Analysis
  • Urban Ecology           
  • Simplifying Complexity

Research Interests

  • Tropical climate change impacts
  • Tropical biodiversity and global change
  • Endangered species conservation
  • Urban ecology
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Research Team

From L to R (2020): Nicole Yu, Ka Hei Anson Yip, Wing Sing Chan, Pauline Dufour, Yeuk Hang Portia Wong, Dr. Michel Dongmo, Dr. Timothy Bonebrake, Anna Goldman, Felix Landry Yuan, Dr. Toby Tsang, Yuet Fung Ling

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Fellowships and Awards

  • Universitas 21 Fellowship (2018-19)
  • Young Academy of Sciences Hong Kong, Founding Member (2018)
  • NSFC Excellent Young Scientists Fund (2020)
  • Outstanding Young Researcher Award (2019-2020)


Recent Selected Publications

  • McMillan SE, Dingle C, Allcock J, Bonebrake TC (2020) Exotic animal cafes are increasingly home to threatened biodiversity. Conservation Letters, doi:10.1111/conl.12760
  • Bonebrake TC, Rezende E, Bozinovic F (2020) Climate change and thermoregulatory consequences of activity time in mammals. The American Naturalist, 196, 45-56
  • Bonebrake TC, Guo F, Dingle C, Baker DM, Kitching RL, Ashton LA (2019) Integrating proximal and horizon threats to biodiversity for conservation. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 34, 781-788
  • Xing S, Au TF*, Dufour PC, Cheng W, Landry Yuan F, Jia F, Vu LV, Wang M, Bonebrake TC (2019) Conservation of data deficient species under multiple threats: Lessons from an iconic tropical butterfly (Teinopalpus aureus). Biological Conservation, 234, 154-164
  • Tsang TPN, Dyer E, Bonebrake TC (2019) Alien species richness is currently unbounded in all but the most urbanized bird communities. Ecography, 42, 1426-1435
  • Guo F, Lenoir J, Bonebrake TC (2018) Land-use change interacts with climate to determine elevational species redistribution. Nature Communications, 9, 1315
  • Bonebrake TC et al. (2018) Managing consequences of climate-driven species redistribution requires integration of ecology, conservation and social science. Biological Reviews, 93, 284-305
  • Cheng W, Xing S, Bonebrake TC (2017) Recent pangolin seizures in China reveal priority areas for intervention. Conservation Letters, 10, 757-764