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



Ewers RM, Barlow J, Banks-Leite C, et al., 2019, Separate authorship categories to recognize data collectors and code developers., Nat Ecol Evol

Sharp AC, Barclay MVL, Chung AYC, et al., 2019, Tropical logging and deforestation impacts multiple scales of weevil beta-diversity, Biological Conservation, Vol:234, ISSN:0006-3207, Pages:172-179

Heon SP, Chapman PM, Bernard H, et al., 2019, Small logging roads do not restrict movements of forest rats in Bornean logged forests, Biotropica, Vol:51, ISSN:0006-3606, Pages:412-420

Qie L, Telford E, Massam MR, et al., 2019, Drought cuts back regeneration in logged tropical forests, Environmental Research Letters, Vol:14, ISSN:1748-9326

Chapman P, Loveridge R, Rowcliffe JM, et al., 2019, Minimal spillover of native small mammals from Bornean tropical forests into adjacent oil palm plantations, Frontiers in Forests and Global Change, Vol:2, ISSN:2624-893X

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