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
- Whittaker, R.J., Rigal, F., Borges, P.A.V., Cardoso, P., Terzopoulou, S., Cassanoves, F., Pla, L., Guilhaumon, F., Ladle, R.J. and Triantis, K.A. (2014) Functional biogeography of oceanic islands and the scaling of functional diversity in the Azores. Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.
- Griffiths, K.E., Balding, S.T., Dickie, J.B., Lewis, G.P., Pearce, T.R. and Grenyer, R. (2014) Maximizing the phylogenetic diversity of seed banks. Conservation Biology.
- Li, Y., Xiong, W., Hu, W., Berry, P., Ju, H., Lin, E., Wang, W., Li, K. and Pan, J. (2014) Integrated assessment of China’s agricultural vulnerability to climate change: a multi-indicator approach. Climatic Change.
- Chen, M., Sun, F., Berry, P., Tinch, R., Ju, H. and Lin, E. (2014) Integrated assessment of China’s adaptive capacity to climate change with a capital approach. Climatic Change.