Watch Prof Yadvinder Malhi provide an overview of the Biodiversity, Ecosystems and Conservation research cluster at the SEED 2015 event.
Members of this research cluster work on both scientific and social scientific dimensions of the functioning of ecological and biogeographical systems, with principal interests in macroecology, island biogeography, diversity theory, ecosystem dynamics, conservation biogeography, conservation governance, biodiversity and climate adaptation and conservation and traditional ecological knowledge.
Our principal themes of interest are:
|Biodiversity:||macroecology; island biogeography; diversity theory; in which areas our work involves multi-scale ecological and evolutionary approaches to understanding patterns in biodiversity.|
|Ecosystems:||ecosystem dynamics; understanding what makes contemporary ecosystems; and how they may be affected by direct human pressures and global atmospheric change.|
|Conservation:||conservation biogeography; conservation governance; biodiversity and climate adaptation; conservation and traditional ecological knowledge.|
News and Research Highlights
- Otto, R., Whittaker, R.J., von Gaisberg, M., Stierstorfer, C., Naranjo-Cigala, A., Steinbauer, M., Krabbe Borregaard, M., Ramón Arévalo, J., Garzón-Machado, V., Del Arco, M. and Fernández-Palacios, J.M. (2016) Transferring and implementing the general dynamic model of oceanic island biogeography at the scale of island fragments: the role of geological age and topography in plant diversification in the Canaries..
- Matthews, T.J., Triantis, K.A., Rigal, F., Borregaard, M.K., Guilhaumon, F., Whittaker, R.J. (2016) Island species–area relationships and species accumulation curves are not equivalent: an analysis of habitat island datasets. Global Ecology and Biogeography.
- de Nascimento, L., Nogué, S., Criado, C., Ravazzi, C., Whittaker, R.J., Willis, K.J. and Fernández-Palacios, J.M. (2016) Reconstructing Holocene vegetation on the island of Gran Canaria before and after human colonization. The Holocene, 26(1): 113-125.
- Gómez-Baggethun, E., Barton, D.N., Berry, P., Dunford, R. and Harrison, P.A. (2016) Concepts and Methods in Ecosystem Services Valuation. Chapter 8 in, Potschin, M., Haines-Young, R., Fish, R. and Turner, R.K. (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Ecosystem Services. Routledge.