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
- Buesching, C.D., Slade, E.M., Newman, C., Riutta, T., Riordan, P. and Macdonald, D.W. (2015) Many hands make light work - but do they? A critical evaluation of citizen science. In, Macdonald, D.W. and Feber, R.E. (eds.) Wildlife Conservation on Farmland Volume 2: Conflict in the countryside. Oxford University Press, Oxford. 336 pp. ISBN: 978-0-19-874550-1.
- Myers-Smith, I.H., Elmendorf, S.C., Beck, P.S.A., Wilmking, M., Hallinger, M., Blok, D., Tape, K.D., Rayback, S.A., Macias-Fauria, M., Forbes, B.C., Speed, J.D.M., Boulanger-Lapointe, N., Rixen, C., Lévesque, E., Schmidt, N.M., Baittinger, C., Trant, A.J., Hermanutz, L., Collier, L.S., Dawes, M.A., Lantz, T.C., Weijers, S., Jørgensen, R.H., Buchwal, A., Buras, A., Naito, A.T., Ravolainen, V., Schaepman-Strub, G., Wheeler, J.A., Wipf, S., Guay, K.C., Hik, D.S. and Vellend, M. (2015) Climate sensitivity of shrub growth across the tundra biome. Nature Climate Change.
- Mutter, M., Pavlacky Jr., D.C., Van Lanen, N.J. and Grenyer, R. (2015) Evaluating the impact of gas extraction infrastructure on the occupancy of sagebrush-obligate songbirds. Ecological Applications, 25: 1175-1186.
- Willis, K.J., Seddon, A.W.R., Long, P.R., Jeffers, E.S., Caithness, N., Thurston, M., Smit, M.G.D., Hagemann, R. and Macias-Fauria, M. (2015) Remote assessment of locally important ecological features across landscapes: how representative of reality? Ecological Applications, 25: 1290-1302.