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About Us


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


  • Downey, H., Lewis, O.T., Bonsall, M.B., Fernandez, D.C. &  Gripenberg, S. (2018). Insect herbivory on seedlings of rainforest trees: effects of density and distance of conspecific and heterospecific neighbours. Ecology and Evolution, in press. 

  • Jeffs, C.T., Kennedy, P., Griffith, P., Gripenberg, S., Markesteijn, L. & Lewis, O.T. (2018). Seed predation by insects across a tropical forest precipitation gradient. Ecological Entomology, in press.

  • Manning, P., Lewis, O.T. & Beynon, S.A. (2018). Effects of the veterinary anthelmintic moxidectin on the dung beetle survival and dung removal. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata, in press.

  • Zalamea, P-C., Dalling, J. W., Sarmiento, C., Arnold, A. E., Delevich, C., Berhow, M. A., Ndobegang, A., Gripenberg, S. & Davis, A. S. (2018) Dormancy-defense syndromes and trade-offs between physical and chemical defenses in seeds. Ecology, doi: 10.1002/ecy.2419.

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