Ecology and Conservation lab


13-03-2024 New Doctor! Dr Ben Howes New succesfully defended his PhD today and passed without revisions!! He is now working as a Scientist for NatCap in Oxford 

13-03-2024 Just published! New paper by former MSc student Joe Malyan "Machine learning identification of microhabitat features associated with occupancy of artificial nestboxes by hazel dormice (Muscardinus avellanarius) in a UK woodland site" in Wildlife Biology

21-02-2024 New Doctor! Dr Katie Powell succesfully defended her PhD today and passed without revisions!! She is already working as a Quantitative Ecologists in UKCEH 

01-02-2024 Just published! New paper by Katie Powell "Asynchrony in terrestrial insect abundance corresponds with species' traits" in Ecology and Evolution

Human impact on the world’s ecosystems is leading to a widespread and accelerating loss of biodiversity. Our research group is interested in understanding the drivers of this change and finding methods to predict future loss and come up with strategies to halt it. A lot of our work involves analyzing and modelling existing data, but we also "get dirty" sometimes and gather data in the field and lab. Most of the team works on vertebrate species, but our interests are as diverse as life on Earth. 

Our lab is in the UK but with a Spanish "jefa" también hablamos español 

Version en español: Los impactos del ser humano en los ecosistemas del planeta están llevando a una pérdida generalizada y en aumento de la biodiversidad. Nuestro grupo de investigación busca entender los factores causantes de esta pérdida e identificar estrategias para frenarla. La mayoría de nuestro trabajo consiste en analizar y modelar datos existentes pero a veces también nos ponemos las botas o las batas y salimos al campo o nos metemos en un laboratorio. Solemos trabajar con vertebrados pero nuestros intereses son tan diversos como la biodiversidad de este planeta. 

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