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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


  • 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, in press.

  • Thierry, M., Hrcek, J. & Lewis, O.T. (2019) Mechanisms structuring host-parasitoid networks in a global warming context: a reviewEcological Entomologydoi.org/10.1111/een.12750.

  • Raine, E.H. & Slade, E.M. (2019) Dung beetle-;mammal associations: methods, research trends and future directions. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 286, 20182002.

  • Coleman, J.L., Ascher, J.S., Bickford, D., ……. Slade, E.M., ……… & Carrasco, L.R. (2019) Top 100 research questions for biodiversity conservation in Southeast Asia. Biological Conservation, 234, 211-220.

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