David Hemprich-Bennett

Research Interests

I’m particularly interested in using novel technologies and techniques to better-understand tropical ecology, so as to help people and conservation. This has typically involved using DNA metabarcoding to construct and analyse ecological networks: in my PhD I used this combination of techniques to investigate how selective logging alters the dietary ecology of insectivorous bats in Borneo. Here at Oxford I’m excited to be joining the team looking at potential ecological consequences of removing the mosquito vector of malaria (Anopheles gambiae), focusing on sites in Ghana. To do this I’ll be using metabarcoding to generate large networks of herbivorous, carnivorous and mutualistic interactions, taking place in both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.

Selected Publications


Czenze, Z.J., Tucker, J.L., Clare, E.L., Littlefair, J.E., Hemprich‐Bennett, D., Oliveira, H.F.M., Brigham, R.M., Hickey, A.J.R., Parsons, S., 2018. Spatiotemporal and demographic variation in the diet of New Zealand lesser short-tailed bats (Mystacina tuberculata). Ecol. Evol. 8, 7599–7610.

Hemprich-Bennett, D.R., Oliveira, H.F.M., Comber, S.C.L., Rossiter, S.J., Clare, E.L., 2018. Assessing the impact of taxon resolution on network structure, with implication for comparative ecology. bioRxiv 357376. 


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