James Rosindell from Imperial College London recently visited the lab for two weeks. James is a theoretical ecologist with an interest in biodiversity patterns and neutral models. James played an instrumental role in our recent paper on fragmented species–area relationships. He is also the joint advisor of Sam Thompson, our Imperial–NUS PhD student. During his visit, James gave a fascinating seminar covering a range of topics from microbial invasion to natural language processing. He also talked about the fractal-based tree-of-life visualisation software developed by his independent non-profit organisation OneZoom.