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 Baldock (Knowledge Exchange Fellow):  Urban 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

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

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

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

Videos about research in the Community Ecology Group

Insects in the City: Can cities save our bees?
Film made by The Welcome Trust, 2014

Pest management: comparing conventional and organic farming
BBSRC 2011

Modelling bee pollination: enter the 'flight arena'  PhD student Nick Charlton talks about his PhD project
BBSRC 2011

Interview about with Jane Memmott by Team Candiru talking about why work on insects and the urban pollinators project
Team Candiru 2014



Rearing pots