Community Ecology Lab

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Community Ecology Lab

About the Group

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.

To find out more, please visit the Community Ecology Research Group web pages.


PI: Owen Lewis 

Researchers: Chris Jeffs, Eleanor Slade, Jen Lucey

Graduate students: Beth Raine, Chris Terry, Gerardo Cerón Martínez, Harriet Downey, Hitoshi Takano, Joel Brown, Kristiina Visakorpi, Mark Wong, Mirjam Hazenbosch, Nicky Stanek, Christina Hunt, Ben Bellekom

Research Associates: Becky Morris, Emilie Beauchamp, Jan Hrček, Sandra Bos Mikich, Sarah Beynon

Recent Publications

Manning, P., Beynon, S.A. & Lewis, O.T. (2017). Quantifying immediate and delayed effects of anthelmintic exposure on ecosystem functioning supported by a common dung beetle species. PloS One 12 (8), e0182730.

Staniczenko, P.P.A., Lewis, O.T., Tylianakis, J.M., Albrecht, M., Coudrain,V., Klein, A-M., Reed-Tsochas, F. (2017). Predicting the effect of habitat modification on networks of interacting species. Nature Communications, 8, 792. doi:10.1038/s41467-017-00913-w

Slade, E. M., Kirwan, L., Bell, T., Philipson, C., Lewis, O.T., & Roslin, T. (2017). The importance of species identity and interactions for multifunctionality depends on how ecosystem functions are valued. Ecology 98, 2626–2639. DOI: 10.1002/ecy.1954

Terry, J. C. D., Morris, R. J. and Bonsall, M. B. (2017). Trophic interaction modifications: an empirical and theoretical framework. Ecology Letters, 20: 1219–1230. doi:10.1111/ele.12824

Tylianakis, J.M. & Morris, R.J. (2017) Ecological Networks Across Environmental Gradients. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics 48:1 Review in advance

Manning, P., Slade, E.M., Beynon, S.A. & Lewis, O.T. (2017). Effect of dung beetle species richness and chemical perturbation on multiple ecosystem functions. Ecological Entomology, DOI: 10.1111/een.12421

Roslin, T, Hardwick, B, Novotny, V…Lewis, O.T.,…& Slade, E.M.  (2017). Higher predation risk for insect prey at low latitudes and elevations. Science 356, 742-744. DOI: 10.1126/science.aaj1631