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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

  • Williamson, J., Slade, E.M., Luke, S.H., Swinfield, T., Chung, A.Y.C., Coomes, D.A., Heroin, H., Jucker, T., Lewis, O.T., Vairappan, C.S., Rossiter, S.J. & Struebig, M.J. (2020). Riparian buffers act as microclimatic refugia in oil palm landscapes. Journal of Applied Ecology, in press.

  • Stonis J.R., Diškus A., Remeikis A. & Lewis O.T. (2020). Exceptional diversity of Tischeriidae (Lepidoptera) from a single tropical forest site in Belize, Central America. European Journal of Taxonomy, in press.

  • Samplonius, J., Atkinson, A., Hassall, C., Keogan, K., Thackeray, S.J., Assmann, J., Burgess, M., Johansson, J., Macphie, K., Pearce-Higgins, J., Simmonds, E.G., Varpe, Ø., Weir, J., Childs, D. Z., Cole, E.F., Daunt, F., Hart,T., Lewis, O.T., Pettorelli, N., Sheldon, B. C. & Phillimore, A.B. (2020). Strengthening the evidence base for temperature-mediated phenological asynchrony and its impacts. Nature Ecology and Evolution, in press.

  • Segar, S.T., Fayle, T.M., Srivastava, D.S., Lewinsohn, T.M., Lewis, O.T., Novotny, V., Kitching, R.L., Maunsell, S.C. (2020). On the Perils of Ignoring Evolution in Networks. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, DOI:

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