Many challenges facing human populations depend on the interaction between ecological systems, the environment and human wellbeing. Yet our current understanding of these complex systems is mostly insufficient for science-based intervention. The Ecosystems and Environment Research Theme is developing basic science and designing innovative solutions to address key global environmental challenges. This includes managing ecosystem processes and biodiversity within the wider context of maintaining sustainable landscapes and generating sustainable supplies of food and water; managing focal species in complex systems, including beneficial insects like pollinators and harmful insects like disease vectors; and continuously searching for new ways to monitor, predict and mitigate environmental and biodiversity change across the living planet. 

Institutes, centres and initiatives

This Research Theme is associated to the following institutes, centres and initiatives:

Academic Staff in this area

Research focus

Dr Lauren Cator

Lauren's lab aims to reduce mosquito borne diseases

Dr Lauren Cator

Lauren's lab aims to reduce mosquito borne diseases

Cristina investigates the causes of species extinction

Dr Cristina Banks-Leite

Cristina investigates the causes of species extinction

Richard investigates the effect of land use change on bees

Dr Richard Gill

Richard investigates the effect of land use change on bees

Julia looks at factors affecting social behaviour of birds

Dr Julia Schroeder

Julia looks at factors affecting social behaviour of birds

What makes a conservation intervention successful?

Dr Morena Mills

What makes a conservation intervention successful?

How do land use patterns affect the diets of primates?

Dr Jason Hodgson

How do land use patterns affect the diets of primates?

The impact of environmental stressors on ecosystems

Prof Guy Woodward

The impact of environmental stressors on ecosystems

Applying tools in maths and computing to issues in biodivers

Dr James Rosindell

Applying tools in maths and computing to issues in biodiversity

Predicting the effects of climate change

Dr Samraat Pawar

Predicting the effects of climate change

Bugs! Day 2017

Bugs! Day 2017

Highlights of Bugs! Day 2017