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We are a team of researchers based at the Department of Zoology at the University of Oxford. We study a broad range of interrelated questions in community ecology, with a strong emphasis on empirical work. Our research interests include tropical forest diversity, ecological networks, ecosystem functioning, inter-specific interactions, conservation biology, agro-ecology and the impact of human activities on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. On this website you can find information about our research, the people involved, and our collaborators in Oxford and more widely.

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Recent Publications


  • Gray, R.E.J., Slade, E.M., Chung, A.Y.C., Lewis, O.T. (2019). Movement of moths through riparian reserves within oil palm plantations. Frontiers in Forests and Global Change, in press.

  • Raine, E.H., Mikich, S.B., Lewis, O.T. & Slade, E.M. (2019). Linking dung beetle mediated functions to interactions in the Atlantic Forest: sampling design matters. Biotropica, in press.

  • Tuma J., Fleiss S., Eggleton P., Frouz J., Klimes P., Lewis O.T., Yusah K.M., Fayle T.M. (2019). Logging of rainforest and conversion to oil palm reduces bioturbator diversity but not levels of bioturbation. Applied Soil Ecology 144, 123-133.

  • Gripenberg, S., Basset, Y., Lewis, O.T., Terry, J.C.D., Wright, S.J., Simón, I., Fernandez, D.C., Cedeño, M., Rivera, M., Barrios, H., Brown, J.W, Calderón, O., Cognato, A.I., Kim, J., Miller, S., Morse, G.E., Pinzon-Navarro, S., Quicke, D.L.J., Robbins, R.K., Salminen, J-P. & Vesterinen, E. (2019) A highly-resolved food web for insect seed predators in a species-rich tropical forest. Ecology Letters, doi.org/10.1111/ele.13359.

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