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 take a broad, systems approach to forest ecology. My research goal is to understand how forest ecosystems work in their entirety and how the ecological processes that underpin these ecosystems are altered by human actions. Historically, this has been an empirical enterprise and has centred on the Stability of Altered Forest Ecosystems (SAFE) Project in Sabah, Malaysia, which I established in 2010.  More recently, we have been moving towards process-based modelling of tropical forest ecosystems. An over-arching goal is to tie together these models to generate a Virtual Rainforest: a general ecosystem model replicating all of the key physical and biotic components of a rainforest.

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Banks-Leite C, Betts MG, Ewers RM, et al., 2022, The macroecology of landscape ecology, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, Vol:37, ISSN:0169-5347

Deere NJ, Bicknell JE, Mitchell SL, et al., 2022, Riparian buffers can help mitigate biodiversity declines in oil palm agriculture, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, Vol:20, ISSN:1540-9295, Pages:459-466

Aguirre-Gutierrez J, Berenguer E, Menor IO, et al., 2022, Functional susceptibility of tropical forests to climate change, Nature Ecology & Evolution, Vol:6, ISSN:2397-334X, Pages:878-+

Gregory N, Ewers RM, Chung AYC, et al., 2022, Oil palm expansion increases the vectorial capacity of dengue vectors in Malaysian Borneo, Plos Neglected Tropical Diseases, Vol:16, ISSN:1935-2727

Lembrechts JJ, van den Hoogen J, Aalto J, et al., 2022, Global maps of soil temperature, Global Change Biology, Vol:28, ISSN:1354-1013, Pages:3110-3144

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