My research interests in ecology include pollination ecology, invasion ecology, agro-ecology, biological control, urban ecology and restoration ecology. A theme that runs through many of my projects is the use of ecological networks to as a tool to answer a variety of environmental questions. For example does restoration ecology restore ecological function, are ecosystem services affected by farming approach and how do aliens integrate into ecological networks? I work as both a pure and an applied ecologist and I am particularly keen on working at the interface between the two disciplines. A wide variety of techniques are used by my research group, from field observation to field experiment, from theory to molecular approaches.
My recent publications can be found on my personal web page.
Dr Daniel Montoya (Research Fellow): Developing a theoretical basis for restoration ecology
Dr Talya Hackett: Food webs at the landscape level
Dr Alix Sauve: Food webs at the landscape level
Nancy Davies: Food webs at the landscape level
Rose Archer: Food webs at the landscape level
Naomi Dalton (PhD student, co-supervisor Dr Mark Steer, Somerset Wildlife Trust): The restoration of ecological function
Carine Emer (PhD student): The effect of invasive species on ecological networks
Alfredo Gonzalez (PhD student, co-supervisor Dr Sallie Bailey, Forestry Commission): Woodlands as providers of ecosystem services
Kate Pereira Maia (PhD student): Can we predict insect communities based on plant communities?
Edith Villa Galaviz (PhD student): Effects of eutrophication on plant-herbivore-parasitoids
Tom Timberlake (PhD student): Mind the gap: flowering phenology in agroecosystems
Gone but not forgotten: past lab members
Insects in the City: Can cities save our bees?
Film made by The Welcome Trust, 2014