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.  

Research focus



Swinfield T, Both S, Riutta T, et al., 2019, Imaging spectroscopy reveals the effects of topography and logging on the leaf chemistry of tropical forest canopy trees, Global Change Biology, Vol:26, ISSN:1354-1013, Pages:989-1002

Betts MG, Wolf C, Pfeifer M, et al., 2019, Extinction filters mediate the global effects of habitat fragmentation on animals, Science, Vol:366, ISSN:0036-8075, Pages:1236-1239

Ewers RM, Barlow J, Banks-Leite C, et al., 2019, Separate authorship categories to recognize data collectors and code developers, Nature Ecology & Evolution, Vol:3, ISSN:2397-334X, Pages:1610-1610

Davison CW, Chapman PM, Wearn OR, et al., 2019, Shifts in the demographics and behavior of bearded pigs (Sus barbatus) across a land-use gradient, Biotropica, Vol:51, ISSN:0006-3606, Pages:938-948

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