Faculty of Biological Sciences

Reconciling productive agricultural landscapes with biodiversity and ecosystem services

Our ecological and evolutionary research ranges from fundamental theory through to directly applied work, at scales ranging from molecular to global. Particular strengths include research on animal diversity and development, host-parasite interactions, invasive alien species, pollination biology, landscape ecology and conservation, all areas with the potential for substantial economic, public or policy interest.

Key researchers in this area

  • Sustainable land management and agri-ecology
  • Dr Yoselin Benitez-Alfonso, Academic Fellow in Plant Sciences
    Symplastic communication in root development
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  • Prof Tim Benton, Professor of Population Ecology; UK Champion for Global Food Security and Professor of Population Ecology
    Food Security, Population, evolutionary and conservation ecology
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  • Dr Katie Field, University Academic Fellow in Soil Plant Processes
    Mycorrhizas, sustainable agriculture, plant evolution, CO2
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  • Prof Les Firbank, Professor of Sustainable Agriculture
    Sustainable land use
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  • Prof Christine Foyer, Professor in Plant Science
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  • Dr Henry Greathead, Lecturer
    Ruminants: nutrition; growth; metabolism; Plant extracts/secondary metabolites
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  • Prof Bill Kunin, Professor of Ecology
    Spatial aspects of population and community ecology and conservation biology
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  • Prof Helen Miller, Professor of Animal Bioscience
    Nutrition of pigs and poultry with particular emphasis on health, feed intake and nutrient partitioning for production.
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  • Dr Steven Sait, Reader in Ecology
    Population, community and evolutionary ecology
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  • Prof Peter Urwin, Professor of Plant Nematology
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  • Biodiversity and ecosystem processes
  • Prof Tim Benton, Professor of Population Ecology; UK Champion for Global Food Security and Professor of Population Ecology
    Food Security, Population, evolutionary and conservation ecology
    Research interests
  • Prof Les Firbank, Professor of Sustainable Agriculture
    Sustainable land use
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  • Prof Keith Hamer, Professor of Animal Ecology
    Population and Behavioural Ecology; Conservation Biology
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  • Dr Christopher Hassall, Marie Curie Fellow
    Ecology and Evolution of Insects
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  • Prof Bill Kunin, Professor of Ecology
    Spatial aspects of population and community ecology and conservation biology
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  • Dr Mahesh Sankaran, Lecturer
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  • Population Dynamics and Management
  • Prof John Altringham, Professor of Animal Ecology and Conservation
    The biology and conservation of bats (and animal mechanics)
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  • Prof Tim Benton, Professor of Population Ecology; UK Champion for Global Food Security and Professor of Population Ecology
    Food Security, Population, evolutionary and conservation ecology
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  • Dr Steve Compton, Reader in Entomology
    Plant-Animal Interactions
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  • Dr Hannah Dugdale, Lecturer in Conservation Biology
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  • Dr Alison Dunn, Reader in Evolutionary Ecology
    The role of parasitism in host-host interactions, community structure and the outcome of biological invasions
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  • Dr Simon Goodman, Lecturer
    Population and conservation genetics, molecular ecology, disease ecology
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  • Prof Keith Hamer, Professor of Animal Ecology
    Population and Behavioural Ecology; Conservation Biology
    Research interests
  • Dr Christopher Hassall, Marie Curie Fellow
    Ecology and Evolution of Insects
    Research interests
  • Prof Bill Kunin, Professor of Ecology
    Spatial aspects of population and community ecology and conservation biology
    Research interests
  • Dr Steven Sait, Reader in Ecology
    Population, community and evolutionary ecology
    Research interests
  • Evolution and Adaptation to Change
  • Prof Tim Benton, Professor of Population Ecology; UK Champion for Global Food Security and Professor of Population Ecology
    Food Security, Population, evolutionary and conservation ecology
    Research interests
  • Dr Amanda Bretman, Academic Fellow in Animal Biology
    Evolutionary ecologist specialising in sexual selection and social behaviours
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  • Dr Steve Compton, Reader in Entomology
    Plant-Animal Interactions
    Research interests
  • Dr Hannah Dugdale, Lecturer in Conservation Biology
    Research interests
  • Dr Alison Dunn, Reader in Evolutionary Ecology
    The role of parasitism in host-host interactions, community structure and the outcome of biological invasions
    Research interests
  • Dr Simon Goodman, Lecturer
    Population and conservation genetics, molecular ecology, disease ecology
    Research interests
  • Prof Keith Hamer, Professor of Animal Ecology
    Population and Behavioural Ecology; Conservation Biology
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  • Prof Ian Hope, Professor of Invertebrate Developmental Genetics
    Animal Development, Gene Expression and Locomotion In The Nematode, Caenorhabditis elegans
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  • Dr William Hoppitt, Lecturer in Zoology
    Social learning, animal behaviour and evolution
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  • Prof Elwyn Isaac, Professor of Comparative Biochemistry
    Comparative biochemistry and functional genomics of neuropeptides and peptidases
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  • Dr Glenn McConkey, Senior Lecturer
    Manipulation of neurotransmitters and behaviour by parasitic infections
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  • Dr Mary O'Connell, University Academic Fellow in Biology
    Computational and Molecular Evolutionary Biology: patterns and processes of evolution
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  • Dr Andrew Peel, Lecturer in Animal Biology
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  • Dr Rupert Quinnell, Senior Lecturer
    Population biology and control of parasitic diseases
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  • Dr Sarah Zylinski, Researcher
    Investigating non-human visual perception through camouflage and communication patterns
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