Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Life Sciences (Silwood Park)

Reader in Ecology



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1.4Centre for Population BiologySilwood Park





I work on spatial patterns of forest and the biodiversity contained within those forests.  Work involves investigating and trying to predict patterns of forest cover from local through to global scales, sampling of taxa within selected landscapes located in both temperate and tropical parts of the world, and manipulative experiments in both the field and lab.  Most of the work uses invertebrates as a model system, with a focus on beetles.

A large recent initiative is the Stability of Altered Forest Ecosystems (SAFE) Project.  This is one of the world's largest ecological experiments, taking advantage of a planned conversion of forest to oil palm in Borneo to experimentally design a landscape.  

Also, see more details about the activities of my research group on the Forest Ecology and Conservation Group website.



Wearn OR, Rowcliffe JM, Carbone C, et al., Mammalian species abundance across a gradient of tropical land-use intensity: A hierarchical multi-species modelling approach, Biological Conservation, ISSN:1873-2917

Brudvig LA, Leroux SJ, Albert CH, et al., 2017, Evaluating conceptual models of landscape change, Ecography, Vol:40, ISSN:0906-7590, Pages:74-84

Hudson LN, Newbold T, Contu S, et al., 2017, The database of the PREDICTS (Projecting Responses of Ecological Diversity In Changing Terrestrial Systems) project, Ecology and Evolution, Vol:7, ISSN:2045-7758, Pages:145-188

Twining JP, Bernard H, Ewers RM, 2017, Increasing land-use intensity reverses the relative occupancy of two quadrupedal scavengers, Plos One, Vol:12, ISSN:1932-6203

Bradley AV, Rosa IMD, Pontius RG, et al., 2016, SimiVal, a multi-criteria map comparison tool for land-change model projections, Environmental Modelling & Software, Vol:82, ISSN:1364-8152, Pages:229-240

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