Community Ecology

Butterfly on mint Kid moth Hoverfly on fennelProfessor Jane Memmott

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.

Current research group

Dr Katherine BaldockUrban Pollinators: their ecology and conservation

Helen MorseUrban Pollinators: their ecology and conservation

Dr Daniel Montoya: (Research Fellow):  Developing a theoretical basis for restoration ecology

Dr Talya Hackett: Food webs at the landscape level

Nancy Davies: Food webs at the landscape level

Karen Varnham  (PhD student, co-supervisor Dr Stuart Bearhop & Soggy Roy): Impact of alien hedgehogs on Hebridean Islands

Beth Atkinson (PhD student, co-supervisor Dr Sallie Bailey, Forestry Commission): Restoration of woodlands

Sergio Timoteo (PhD student, co-supervisor Dr Jaime Ramos, University of Coimbra):  Seed dispersal networks in cork oak forest

Katy Orford (PhD student, co-supervisor Dr Phil Murray, North Wyke Research): Engineering biodiversity – restoration of pollinators in pastoral habitats

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

Sam Ardin (PhD student, co-supervisor Dr Steve Gregory): Restoration of ecological networks in orchards

Alfredo Gonzalez (PhD student, co-supervisor Dr Sallie Bailey, Forestry Commission): Woodlands as providers of ecosystem services


Michelle Yates (PhD student, lead supervisor Dr Nigel Andrews)

Charlotte Bickler (PhD student, lead supervisor Dr Jon Bridle)

Gone but not forgotten: past lab members

Rearing pots