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.


Pfeifer M, Kor L, Nilus R, et al., 2016, Mapping the structure of Borneo's tropical forests across a degradation gradient, Remote Sensing of Environment, Vol:176, ISSN:0034-4257, Pages:84-97

Haddad NM, Brudvig LA, Clobert J, et al., 2015, Habitat fragmentation and its lasting impact on Earth's ecosystems., Sci Adv, Vol:1

Fayle TM, Turner EC, Basset Y, et al., 2015, Whole-ecosystem experimental manipulations of tropical forests, Trends In Ecology & Evolution, Vol:30, ISSN:0169-5347, Pages:334-346

Newbold T, Hudson LN, Hill SLL, et al., 2015, Global effects of land use on local terrestrial biodiversity, Nature, Vol:520, ISSN:0028-0836, Pages:45-+

Ewers RM, Boyle MJW, Gleave RA, et al., 2015, Logging cuts the functional importance of invertebrates in tropical rainforest, Nature Communications, Vol:6, ISSN:2041-1723

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