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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


  • Maunsall, S.C, Burwell, C.J., Morris, R.J., McDonald, W.J.F., Edwards, E.D., Oberprieler, R.G. and Kitching, R.L. (2016). Elevational turnover in the composition of leaf-miners and their interactions with host plants in Australian subtropical rainforest. Austral Ecology, early view. DOI: 10.1111/aec.12339

  • Manning, P., Slade, E.M., Beynon, S.A. and Lewis, O.T. (2016). Functionally rich dung beetle assemblages are required to provide multiple ecosystem services. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment10.1016/j.agee.2015.11.007

  • Visakorpi, K., Wirta, H. K., Ek, M. Schmidt, N. M. & Roslin, T. (2015) No detectable trophic cascade in a high-Arctic arthropod food web. Basic and Applied Ecology, 16, 652-660.

  • Slade, E.M., Roslin, T., Santalahti, M. & Bell, T. (2015) Disentangling the ‘brown world’ faecal-detritus interaction web: dung beetle effects on soil microbial properties. Oikos, doi: 10.1111/oik.02640

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