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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


  • Solé, R., Gripenberg, S., Owen T. Lewis, O.T., Markesteijn, L., Barrios, H., Ratz, T., Ctvrtecka, R., Butterill, P., Segar, S.T., Metz, M.A., Dahl, C., Rivera, M., Viquez, K., Ferguson, W., Guevara, M., Basset, Y. (2019). The role of herbivorous insects and pathogens in the regeneration dynamics of Guazuma ulmifolia in Panama. Nature Conservation, in press.

  • Dahl, C.Ctvrtecka, R.Gripenberg, S., Lewis, O. T.Segar, S. T.Klimes, P.Sam, K.Rinan, D.Filip, J.Kongnoo, P.Panmeng, M.Putnaul, S.Reungaew, M.Rivera, M.Barrios, H.Davies, S. J.Bunyavejchewin, S.Wright, S. J.Weiblen, G. D.Novotny, V. & Basset, Y. (2019). The insect-focused classification of fruit syndromes in tropical rainforests: an inter-continental comparison. Biotropica, 59, 39-49. DOI: 10.1111/btp.12622

  • Basset, Y, Ctvrtecka, R., Dahl, C., Miller, S.E., Quicke, D.L.J., Segar, S.T., Barrios, H., Beaver, R.A., Brown, J.W., Bunyavejchewin, S., Gripenberg, S.,  Knížek, M., Kongnoo, P., Lewis, O.T., Pongpattananurak, N., Pramual, P., Sakchoowong, W. & Schutze, M. (2019)Insect assemblages attacking seeds and fruits in a rainforest in Thailand. Entomological Science, doi: 10.1111/ens.12346.

  • Wong, M.K.L., Guénard, B. & Lewis, O.T. (2018). Trait-based ecology of terrestrial arthropods. Biological Reviewsdoi.org/10.1111/brv.12488.

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