Ecology

Our ecologists study interactions between organisms and their Ecologyenvironments across multiple biological and spatial scales: from populations, species and communities across landscapes to ecosystems and the macroecology of continents.  Theoretical research in the School includes optimization modelling for biodiversity measurement and monitoring, techniques for estimating and forecasting species and community distributions and dynamics, and spatially explicit approaches to understanding diversity patterns and process.

Ecological research in our school also has a strong focus on understanding the metabolic processes that regulate ecological dynamics, and on the genomic and molecular underpinnings of ecological interactions. We work in marine and terrestrial environments on taxa ranging from springtails, wasps and ants to birds, reptiles and plants, and even extinct mammals.


Researchers

Chown, Steven
Steven is engaged in biogeographic and macroecological studies, macrophysiology, spatial ecology, and invasion biology. Translation of science into policy is a major focus.
McGeoch, Melodie
Melodie is interested in spatial patterns in biodiversity, how these are impacted by global change and how biodiversity can most effectively be estimated and monitored.
Chapple, David
Dave's research spans invasion biology, behavioural and evolutionary ecology, population and conservation genetics, phylogenetics and phylogeography.
Sunnucks, Paul
Paul's group applies field biology, ecological genomics/genetics and spatial environmental analysis to the population biology of animals under natural and human-impacted.
Marshall, Dustin
Dustin is an evolutionary ecologist who uses marine invertebrates as a model for understanding the phenotypic links among life-history stages and the eco-evolutionary dynamics of marine communities.
Hodgins, Kay
Kay researches plant evolution in human altered environments, plant adaptation to climate change, crop evolution and the evolution of plant sexual systems.