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The plant ecology research group deals with all aspects of plant ecology and is led by Lindsay Turnbull and Andy Hector. We are based at the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford, UK.

Vacancies: Oxford University received funding from NERC to host a doctoral training programme in environmental research. Funding is available for a 4-year D.Phil programme, and eligible applicants interested in our research group are strongly encouraged to apply. Click here for more details of the programme.

The New Statistics with R: Andy’s new book is available and you can visit the R cafe to download data files and R scripts.

  • Feb 2015: Congratulations to Yann Hautier, who has just had a paper on the effect of diversity on stability accepted in Science.
  • Jan 2015: Andy’s stats book: The New Statistics with R, has just been published by OUP (where you can download a free sample chapter).
  • Dec 2014: Congratulations to John Shekeine, whose had his first paper, on rainfall patterns on Aldabra, accepted in Biogeosciences. It’s currently available in discussion format for comment here.
  • Nov 2014:Congratulations to Sean, whose paper describing his R package – MODISTools has been accepted in Methods in Ecology and Evolution.
  • Oct 2014: Congratulations to Mikey whose new paper on drought resistance has been accepted in New Phytologist.
  • Oct 2014: Is peak N key to flowering in annual plants? Camille’s paper in New Phytologist.
  • Sept 2014: Lindsay’s been to ECO**2; see her report in our Spotlight.
  • Aug 2014: Many congratulations to Camille, who had his first paper accepted.
  • Jun 2014: A very warm welcome to Yann Hautier who’ll be based here for the next year.
  • Jun 2014: Congratulations to Mikey and Andy who have a new paper in Nature Climate Change
  • Jun 2014: Congratulations to Manuel Schneider and the BioBio project. Their article appears in Nature Communications today.
  • Apr 2014: Congratulations to Camille, who successfully defended his PhD.
  • Apr 2014: Congratulations to Gisela Lüscher, whose paper has been accepted in Environmental Science & Policy.
  • Apr 2014: Welcome to Annet and Tom who are joining us from the Systems Biology dtc.
  • Mar 2014: Congratulations to Yann Hautier who has a paper in Nature on eutrophication and the stability of grasslands. See the online early edition.
Latest papers
  • O’Brien et al. (2014) Drought survival of tropical tree seedlings enhanced by non-structural carbohydrate levels. Nature Climate Change
  • Hautier et al. (2014) Eutrophication weakens stabilizing effects of diversity in natural grasslands. Nature 508: 521-525.
  • Turnbull LA. (2014) Ecology’s dark matter: the elusive and enigmatic niche. Basic and Applied Ecology 15: 93-100.
  • Tuck SL, C Winqvist, F Mota, J Ahnström, LA Turnbull and J Bengtsson. (2014) Land-use intensity and the effects of organic farming on biodiversity: a hierarchical meta-analysis. Journal of Applied Ecology. OPEN ACCESS
  • Turnbull LA, JM Levine, M Loreau and A Hector. (2013) Coexistence, niches, and the effects of biodiversity on ecosystem functioning. Ecology Letters 16: 116-127 (Faculty of 1000 recommended) OPEN ACCESS