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



Sethi SS, Ewers RM, Jones NS, et al., 2018, Robust, real-time and autonomous monitoring of ecosystems with an open, low-cost, networked device, Methods in Ecology and Evolution, Vol:9, ISSN:2041-210X, Pages:2383-2387

Jucker T, Hardwick SR, Both S, et al., 2018, Canopy structure and topography jointly constrain the microclimate of human-modified tropical landscapes, Global Change Biology, Vol:24, ISSN:1354-1013, Pages:5243-5258

Nainar A, Tanaka N, Bidin K, et al., 2018, Hydrological dynamics of tropical streams on a gradient of land-use disturbance and recovery: A multi-catchment experiment, Journal of Hydrology, Vol:566, ISSN:0022-1694, Pages:581-594

Chapman PM, Wearn OR, Riutta T, et al., 2018, Inter-annual dynamics and persistence of small mammal communities in a selectively logged tropical forest in Borneo, Biodiversity and Conservation, Vol:27, ISSN:0960-3115, Pages:3155-3169

Wilkinson CL, Yeo DCJ, Tan HH, et al., 2018, The availability of freshwater fish resources is maintained across a land-use gradient in Sabah, Borneo, Aquatic Conservation-marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, Vol:28, ISSN:1052-7613, Pages:1044-1054

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