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Beckerman Lab
Department of Animal & Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield

We work on the ecology and evolution of phenotypic plasticity, the role of foraging behaviour in the structure and complexity of food webs and parrot conservation. We use Daphnia, Algae, Computers and Parrots in our work. Below you can find links to our research. You can see who we are and more of our publications via links above.

Predation & Plasiticty 

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 and with metals. We work in algae biotechnology too.

Food Webs

We explore the structure and complexity of food webs. We use optimal foraging theory to define the rules linking predators and prey. This is network biology.

Parrots & Conservation

We study the demography of parrots. We link this to socioeconomic constraints and trade-offs in conservation management. We build models.


We work with R. Owen Petchey and Dylan Childs, my colleagues, and I write books and teach courses about using R. R is good.

Dr. Andrew Beckerman
Department of Animal & Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2TN, UK

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