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



Aguirre-Gutierrez J, Rifal S, Shenkin A, et al., 2021, Pantropical modelling of canopy functional traits using Sentinel-2 remote sensing data, Remote Sensing of Environment, Vol:252, ISSN:0034-4257

Banks-Leite C, Ewers R, Folkard-Tapp H, et al., 2020, Countering the effects of habitat loss, fragmentation, and degradation through habitat restoration, One Earth, ISSN:2590-3322

Sethi S, Ewers R, Jones N, et al., 2020, SAFE Acoustics: an open-source, real-time eco-acoustic monitoring network in the tropical rainforests of Borneo, Methods in Ecology and Evolution, Vol:11, ISSN:2041-210X, Pages:1182-1185

Wilkinson CL, Chua KWJ, Fiala R, et al., 2020, Forest conversion to oil palm compresses food chain length in tropical streams., Ecology, ISSN:0012-9658

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