Jennifer Lucey

NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow


Research Interests

I am a tropical biodiversity ecologist and my primary research interests are in understanding how biodiversity and ecosystem processes respond to human-modified landscapes with the aim of improving the management of these landscapes to maintain both biodiversity and socio-economic values. 

As a NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow my main role is to facilitate the uptake of science into policy to improve sustainability of tropical human-modified landscapes, with a particular focus on the oil palm industry. I work closely with a wide range of stakeholders in the industry from NGOs to oil palm growers,  to understand the science needs of policy-makers and to enable the access and use of the scientific evidence base to develop policy. 

I am also the programme manager for SEnSOR (Socially and Environmentally Sustainable Oil palm Research), a multi-disciplinary research programme designed to test the impact of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil: the leading certification standard for palm oil. (see web link below for more details).







Selected Publications

  • Lucey, J.M., Palmer, G., Yeong, K.L., Edwards, D.P., Senior, M.J., Scriven, S.A., Reynolds, G. and Hill, J.K., 2016. Reframing the evidence base for polic-┬Érelevance to increase impact: a case study on forest fragmentation in the oil palm sector. Journal of Applied Ecology.

  • Lucey, J.M., Tawatao, N., Senior, M.J., Chey, V.K., Benedick, S., Hamer, K.C., Woodcock, P., Newton, R.J., Bottrell, S.H. and Hill, J.K., 2014. Tropical forest fragments contribute to species richness in adjacent oil palm plantations. Biological Conservation169, pp.268-276.

  • Tawatao, N., Lucey, J.M., Senior, M., Benedick, S., Khen, C.V., Hill, J.K. and Hamer, K.C., 2014. Biodiversity of leaf-litter ants in fragmented tropical rainforests of Borneo: the value of publically and privately managed forest fragments. Biodiversity and conservation23(12), pp.3113-3126.

  • Senior, M.J., Hamer, K.C., Bottrell, S., Edwards, D.P., Fayle, T.M., Lucey, J.M., Mayhew, P.J., Newton, R., Peh, K.S.H., Sheldon, F.H. and Stewart, C., 2013. Trait-dependent declines of species following conversion of rain forest to oil palm plantations. Biodiversity and conservation22(1), pp.253-268.

  • Lucey, J.M. and Hill, J.K., 2012. Spillover of insects from rain forest into adjacent oil palm plantations. Biotropica44(3), pp.368-377.