Ecology Research Group
Head: Professor Richard Sibly
The Ecology Group comprises nine academic staff, one visiting lecturer, one research fellow and an excellent network of collaborators in the UK and overseas. Our research strengths cover insect, mammal and evolutionary ecology, from both pure and applied perspectives. Our current research projects include the ecology of mammals and birds, insect/plant and host/parasite interactions, insect community ecology, grassland restoration ecology, pesticide impacts on biodiversity, and agent-based models of animals in spatially-heterogeneous environments.
We undertake a great deal of field research: locally on the wildlife-rich Whiteknights campus, in urban and rural Berkshire, and overseas, e.g. in Namibia, Brasil and Australia.
This group is dedicated to developing a better understanding of the ecological and evolutionary consequences of environmental change arising from human activities, specifically pollution, urbanisation and climate change.
Over the next five years the Ecology group will:
- Test the assumptions and predictions of individual-based models using field experiments and so strengthen the use of individual-based models for ecological forecasting.
- Build on existing industrial links and enhance outreach activities to increase cross-talk between researchers and users, ensuring our ecological forecasting informs industry practice and policy and has a positive impact in mitigating the impacts of urbanization, climate change and pesticide use.
- Develop new research programmes at the interface of the interests of the Ecology and Evolution groups in forecasting the impacts of future environmental change by exploiting the critical mass of expertise within the Walker Institute for Climate System Research and our international links.
|Dr Phil Baker|
|Dr Amanda Callaghan||
Applied Ecology, Insecticide Resistance, Ecotoxicology, Aquatic Toxicology, Entomology, Freshwater Biology, Stress responses, Molecular Ecology, Microarrays
|Professor Mark Fellowes||
|Dr Manuela Gonzalez-Suarez|
Loss of biodiversity
|Dr Paul Hatcher|
Biological Control, insect conservation, Lepidoptera, Coleoptera, IPM, weeds, Rumex, grasslands
|Dr Graham Holloway||
|Dr Jonathan Mitchley||
Grassland ecology, biodiversity conservation, landscape conservation practice and policy and Europe and China
|Dr Tom Oliver||
Biodiversity: interactions between land use & climate change, spatiotemporal indicators & ecosystem services, the resilience of ecosystem functions
|Dr Brian Pickles||
Assisted migration, Plant-fungal symbioses, Spatial ecology
|Dr Colin Prescott||
Ecologically based rodent management; anticoagulant rodenticides, physiological resistance, and the impact on non-target species
Metabolic Theory of Ecology
|Dr Glynn Percival||
|Dr Alice Johnston|