Ecosystem Dynamics

Research within this theme is focused upon developing improved mechanistic understanding on the functioning of diverse ecosystems (including terrestrial, marine and freshwater) and quantifying ecological, physiological and behavioural aspects of key organisms (from microbes to invertebrates and vertebrates) within these systems.

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Our work has a particular focus on assessing the sustainability of these systems, as they are challenged through anthropogenic demands and activities. As examples, research includes the intersection of the natural world with human activities, including the impact of wind farms on marine birds; shifts in the Arctic ecosystem resulting from climate warming; and assessing the potential for terrestrial insects as protein sources for human populations and farmed animals.

Some anemones like it hot

Researchers from the University's School of Environmental Sciences undertook a study of rising temperatures on the behaviour of a popular sea-shore animal, the beadlet anemone (Actinia equina), the dark red jellylike blobs often spotted around the shores of the UK.

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Wind beneath their wings: Albatrosses fine-tuned to wind conditions

Research by University of Liverpool scientists published in the Journal of Animal Ecology, sheds new light on the previously neglected role of wind in the flight decisions of seabirds.

Upland sheep grazing impacts biodiversity and will take decades to recover

A new study by the University of Liverpool has found that sheep grazing does negatively affect the diversity of plant species of upland areas of the British countryside, and it could take up to 60 years to recover.