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Dr. Matt Biddick


A passionate scientific writer, data scientist and academic mentor specialized in crafting sensational manuscripts for publication.

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High-performing researcher with 10 years of experience expertly spearheading theory and analysis across biogeography, ecology and evolution. Confident in ability to develop dynamic models at the forefront of terrestrial ecosystem ecology. Comfortable effectively managing large-scale projects. Extensive taxonomic knowledge of New Zealand and central european biotas.

"Over the years I have developed a tried-and-true system for writing captivating papers fast. Many have suggested I share this knowledge to help aspiring researchers do the same. So I founded CLAVES Consulting to help you turn your hard work in the field and laboratory into phenomenal publications."


  • Data Analytics & Visualization
  • RStudio & Python
  • Cross-Scale Modelling
  • Scientific Writing
  • Project Management
  • Web Development
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The three pillars of my research can be categorized as biogeography, comparative evolutionary biology, and natural history. I develop eco-evolutionary models predicated on sound ecological theory from the ground-up. These models are based on real world observations and leverage the natural laboratory role of island ecosystems to shed light on the remarkable processes shaping their biotas over historical and geological timespans. Unfortunately, despite comprising less than 5% of Earth’s total landmass, more than 75% of animal extinctions in the last five decades have occurred on islands. Thus, the learnings made in this realm can readily be expanded to better understand and conserve continental ecosystems like those in Central Europe.

Morphological Evolution

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Morphological Evolution

Plants & animals that colonize isolated islands often evolve in predictable ways. Birds, for example, almost universally become larger and lose the ability to fly. Why?

A simple null model suggests that the secret to island endemics and their unique sizes may lie in their shared subjegation to evolutionary drift.

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Seed Dynamics & Climate Warming

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Seed Dynamics & Climate Warming

Many plants produce dormant seeds as a means of synchronizing germination with favorable growing conditions. However, climate warming could compromise this important ecological strategy.

We ran a two-year warming experiment to establish the effect of different future climate scenarios for tropical Fabaceae.

What we discovered


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EcolSym aims to harmonize the ecosystem services of the biodiversity naturally occurring on farms with the industrial aims of the producers managing them. For example, one division of EcolSym is exploring the potential for social wasps as a replacement for pesticides to control crop pests.

EcolSym certifications empower producers to market their goods as ecologically robust to the consumer; simultaneously increasing their products’ value in the marketplace and satisfying national environmental directives.

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Forest Hydrology

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Forest Hydrology

Stormwater is a vital resource and dynamic driver of terrestrial ecosystem processes. Storm-related phenomena trigger lasting, oversized impacts on hydrologic and biogeochemical processes, organismal traits or functions, and ecosystem services at all scales.

However, processes controlling interactions during and shortly after storms are often poorly seen and poorly sensed when direct observations are substituted with technological ones. We discuss how human observations complement technological ones and the benefits of scientists spending more time in the storm.
(Photo credit: John Van Stan).

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Defensive Mutualisms

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Defensive Mutualisms

Did you know some plants produce tiny homes for mites? In return, mites consume herbivorous arthropods and parasitic fungi like leaf moulds that would otherwise hard the host plant.

This unlikely yet remarkable relationship has hardly been touched by the scientific community, despite its potential to revolutionize how we deter agricultural pests and breed crop varieties.

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Size-Dependency & Traits

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Size-Dependent Traits

Trait-based research is plagued by the indelible fact that traits scale with organismal size. Closer inspection reveals that diverse methodologies are used to account for body size, highlighting a lack of scientific consensus on what constitutes best practice.

We outline the assumptions, benefits and shortcomings of commonly-used body size corrections and discuss their appropriate use-cases. We then provide a statistical roadmap to help researchers to decide which to use and when.

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