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I work at the interface between ecology and evolution to better understand and predict the effects of climate and habitat change on populations and ecosystem services. A key focus of my research is to develop models for ecological forecasting. The aim is to build models that are built upon fundamental biological principles, validated against independent data sets and are co-produced with stakeholders to ensure model output is suitable for scenario planning and the evaluation of proposed policies. 

Current projects 

1) "Can functional traits improve forecasting of environmental stressors on biodiversity, ecosystem functions, and ecosystem services in Sweden’s forests under climate change?". This recently awarded project from BECC (Co-PIs: Henrik Smith at Lund Universty and Lars Gamfeldt at Department of Marine Science, University of Gothenburg) seeks to better understand the role of biodiversity underpinning ecosystem function and ultimately services, with potentially important implications for ecological indicators.

2) “The insect crisis: mechanistic insights into the drivers of extinction”. This Formas funded project aims to develop Individual-Based Models of butterflies to provide a tool to better understand responses to current land management practises and predict the impacts of future Green Infrastructure policy. Co-PIs at Lund University: Henrik Smith, Magne Friberg and Emily Boyd.

3) "Pests, plants and parasitoids: how does climate variability affect tri-trophic interactions in apple orchards?". This is a BBSRC funded PhD studentship awarded by the CTP in Fruit Crop Research to doctoral candidate Stuart Edwards. Co-supervisor: Jake Bishop (UoR, UK), together with Robbie Girling (UoR, UK), and Glen Powell (East Malling Research, UK). 

4) "Evolutionary adaptation to a warming climate". An ongoing collaboration with David Berger (Uppsala Universty, Sweden) and Wolf Blanckenhorn (University in Zürich, Switzerland) to better understand the genetic basis of thermal performance curves and their consequences for adaptation rate and extinction risk.

Recently completed projects

1) "Evaluating how plant community composition influences natural enemy biodiversity and pest regulation services in temperate agroforestry systems." This is a NERC CASE funded PhD studentship awarded by the QMEE CDT to doctoral candidate Tom Staton. Co-supervisor: Robbie Girling (UoR, UK), together with Tom Breeze (UoR, UK), Jo Smith (MV Agroecological Research Centre, Portugal) and Helen Chesshire (Woodland Trust).

2) "Assessing the resilience of Brazil’s iconic Araucaria forest to past and future climate change". This SAGES PGT funded PhD studentship is awarded to doctoral candidate Oliver Wilson. Co-supervisor: Frank Mayle (UoR, UK). 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Free keywords

  • Eco-evolutionary dynamics
  • Ecological modelling
  • Thermal adaptation
  • Global change biology
  • Insects
  • ecology and evolution


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