Reader in Ecology and Conservation, Newcastle University

I am an ecologist and conservationist using network theory and DNA-metabarcoding to understand the impacts of environmental change on species-interactions and ecosystem functioning.

I combine advances in ecological network analysis with DNA-metabarcoding to examine the impacts of environmental change on species-interactions and ecosystem functioning. I am currently studying the consequences of altered network structure on fungi, plant and animal populations, mainly within forest- and agro-ecosystems.

I have created a unique range of antagonistic, mutualistic and multilayer networks under different types of perturbation (simulated climate-warming, habitat modification, wildfire and artificial light at night (ALAN)). These are fully-replicated in space and time in order to examine variation in network structure and complexity within and between experimental treatments.

Experience

  • –present
    Reader in Ecology and Conservation, Newcastle University