Manipulations of the natural world to understand the mechanics of ecosystems

Artifical ponds at Silwood Park

We have particular world-leading expertise, facilities and opportunities for ecological experimentation.  Examples include microcosm experiments conducted in a well-equipped microbial laboratory, mesocosm pond experiments in the UK’s largest such facility, and landscape-scale forest fragmentation experiments at the SAFE Project that encompass thousands of hectares.  Laboratory and field experiments are backed up by strength in biological computing and the construction of virtual experiments through ecological simulations.