We are a small but diverse research group carrying out internationally-renowned research on land and in the sea. We aim to understand how terrestrial and marine ecosystems are structured, how they function and how to manage them.
- We cover a wide range of systems, from marine sediments, coral reefs, and coastal zones to upland moorlands, savannas and tropical rain forests.
- Our research focuses on marine and terrestrial invertebrates, birds, and plants (particularly moorland).
- Much of our research straddles theory and practical application.
We are often consulted by Government agencies, policy-makers and industry, especially on issues relating to ecosystem management and how ecosystems change over time.
Our principal research areas are:
- Temporal and spatial dynamics in ecosystems
- Understanding the functional contribution of biodiversity to ecosystems
- Ecosystem-based management
- Seabird ecology, physiology and behaviour
- Modelling compositional change in coral reefs
- Fire ecology and management in moorlands and savannas
- Impact and control of invasive species
- Restoration ecology
- Measurement of long-term ecological impacts
We welcome researchers to our group at all levels: as postgraduate students at both Master’s (MSc and MRes) and PhD level, as visiting postdoctoral scientists and as independent Fellows.