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
- Warren, B.H., Simberloff, D., Ricklefs, R.E., Aguilée, R., Condamine, F.L., Gravel, D., Morlon, H., Mouquet, N., Rosindell, J., Casquet, J., Conti, E., Cornuault, J., Fernández-Palacios, J.M., Hengl, T., Norder, S.J., Rijsdijk, K.F., Sanmartín, I., Strasberg, D., Triantis, K.A., Valente, L.M., Whittaker, R.J., Gillespie, R.G., Emerson, B.C. and Thébaud, C. (2015) Islands as model systems in ecology and evolution: prospects fifty years after MacArthur-Wilson. Ecology Letters, 18(2): 200-217.
- de Nascimento, L., Nogué, S., Fernández-Lugo, S., Méndez, J., Otto, R., Whittaker, R.J., Willis, K.J. and Fernández-Palacios, J.M. (2015) Modern pollen rain in Canary Island ecosystems and its implications for the interpretation of fossil records. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 214: 27-39.
- Matthews, T.J., Guilhaumon, F., Triantis, K.A., Borregaard, M.K. and Whittaker, R.J. (2015) On the form of species–area relationships in habitat islands and true islands. Global Ecology and Biogeography.
- Matthews, T.J. and Whittaker, R.J. (2015) On the species abundance distribution in applied ecology and biodiversity management. Journal of Applied Ecology, 52(2): 443-454.