We explore the structure, complexity and dynamics of food webs. We use optimal foraging theory to define the rules linking predators and prey. We predict the impacts of multiple simultaneous threats to ecosystems. This is network biology.
We study the local adaptation of plasticity in real ponds and in daphnia and algae. We explore the genes that underpin plasticity and local adaptation. We work with predators, metals and algae biotechnology.
We study the conservation and demography of parrots in Central America and the Caribbean. We link this to socioeconomics and trade-offs in conservation management. We study trade networks. We build models.
• June 2019 Benno Simmons joina the lab as PDRA on the NERC grant: "Towards a general theory of ecological impacts of multiple, simultaneous stressors. (Food Webs!).
• Spring 2019 Dörrthe Becker winds prestigous Marie Curie IRF to join the lab again working on Daphnia evolutionary biology and asexuality. She'll be returning in Oct 2019.
• Penelope Blythe joins the lab as an RA on the NERC grant: "Towards a general theory of ecological impacts of multiple, simultaneous stressors. (Food Webs!).
• Shlair Sadeq successfully defended her PhD on metal mixtures and predation in daphnia on Tuesday the 12 Feb 2019.
• August 2018 - Ecology (ESA) paper accepted by Tom Clegg (MBiolSci) and Mohammad Ali (PhD): "The Impact of Intraspecific Variation on Food Web Structure"