I am a community ecologist interested in biodiversity loss and its consequences for the stability and functioning of ecosystems and the provision of ecological services. I currently work mainly in grassland and forest ecosystems. I am scientific leader of the Sabah Biodiversity Experiment in Borneo where we examine the impact of enrichment planting on forest regeneration after logging. I am part of the new NERC thematic programme: Human-modified tropical forests, which includes the SAFE project that investigates the effects of forest fragmentation on biodiversity. On the grassland side I am part of the Nutrient Network, a global co-operative program to understand how nitrogen enrichment impacts biodiversity in grasslands. I also have a sideline in ecological statistical analysis.
Education & Professional Positions
|2013||Professor of Ecology, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford.
Fellow of Linacre College, Oxford
Co-director, Plants for the 21st Century.
|2009-2012||Associate Professor and deputy director, Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich.|
|2003-2009||Assistant Professor, Institute of Environmental Sciences, University of Zurich.|
|2002-2003||Royal Society University Research Fellowship, Imperial College London.|
|1999-2001||Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, NERC Centre for Population Biology.|
|1996-1999||Scientific coordinator and PDRA for the EC BIODEPTH Project.|
|1992-1995||PhD and Diploma, Imperial College, London.|
|1988-1991||BSc (Hons.), First Class, Natural Environmental Science, University of Sheffield.|
|Schooling||Whitchurch High School & Rumney Technical College, Cardiff, Wales, UK.|
- Quantitative Methods: introducing the first year biology undergraduates to statistics
- Tropical ecology field course to Danum Valley Field Centre in Malaysian Borneo.