Dr Jennifer Lucey

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 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

Scriven, S. A. L., Carlson, K., Hodgson, J., McClean, C. J., Heilmayr, R., Lucey, J. M., & Hill, J. K. (2019). Testing the benefits of conservation set-asides for improved habitat connectivity in tropical agricultural landscapes. Journal of Applied Ecology.

Padfield, R., Hansen, S., Davies, Z. G., Ehrensperger, A., Slade, E., Evers, S., ...Lucey, J.M.... et al. (2019). Co-producing a research agenda for sustainable palm oil. Frontiers in Forests and Global Change, 2, 13.

Lucey, J.M., Palmer, G., Yeong, K.L., Edwards, D.P., Senior, M.J., Scriven, S.A., Reynolds, G. and Hill, J.K., (2017). Reframing the evidence base for polic-relevance to increase impact: a case study on forest fragmentation in the oil palm sector. Journal of Applied Ecology. 54(3)

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 Conservation, 169, 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 Conservation, 23(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 Conservation, 22(1), pp.253-268.

Lucey, J.M. and Hill, J.K. (2012). Spillover of insects from rain forest into adjacent oil palm plantations. Biotropica, 44(3), pp.368-377.