Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Life Sciences (Silwood Park)

Professor of 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.

Research focus



Riutta T, Malhi Y, Kho LK, et al., 2018, Logging disturbance shifts net primary productivity and its allocation in Bornean tropical forests., Global Change Biology, Vol:24, ISSN:1354-1013, Pages:2913-2928

Jucker T, Asner GP, Dalponte M, et al., 2018, Estimating aboveground carbon density and its uncertainty in Borneo's structurally complex tropical forests using airborne laser scanning, Biogeosciences, Vol:15, ISSN:1726-4170, Pages:3811-3830

Wilkinson CL, Yeo DCJ, Hui TH, et al., 2018, Land-use change is associated with a significant loss of freshwater fish species and functional richness in Sabah, Malaysia, Biological Conservation, Vol:222, ISSN:0006-3207, Pages:164-171

Gray REJ, Ewers RM, Boyle MJW, et al., 2018, Effect of tropical forest disturbance on the competitive interactions within a diverse ant community, Scientific Reports, Vol:8, ISSN:2045-2322

Nunes MH, Ewers RM, Turner EC, et al., 2017, Mapping Aboveground Carbon in Oil Palm Plantations Using LiDAR: A Comparison of Tree-Centric versus Area-Based Approaches, Remote Sensing, Vol:9, ISSN:2072-4292

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