Principle investigator

Professor David Edwards

Impacts of land-use change on tropical biodiversity.

Postdoctoral researchers

Mike Massam

Spatial and phylogenetic structuring of ecological communities.

Edicson Parra Sánchez

Effects of land-use change on orchids and epiphytes.

Simon Mills

Ecological consequences of environmental change.

Matthew Hethcoat

Using remote sensing to detect selectively logged tropical forests.

Research data manager

Oscar Morton

My PhD research focused on the legal and illegal trade. I now manage analysis and data in the lab.

PhD students

Maria Wang Mei Hua

Minimising ecological and social externalities of tropical agriculture and expansion.

Abdulkareem I. Ahmed

Quantifying, monitoring and minimising the negative environmental impacts of mining in tropical Africa.

Catherine Finlayson

Managing climber cutting to protect biodiversity.

Jørgen Sand Sæbø

Carbon and biodiversity co-benefits in Colombia: Implications for conservation planning and implementation of REDD+.

Gianluca Cerullo

The benefits and challenges of deploying different restorative interventions in the highlands of southern Ethiopia.

Jocelyne Sze

Conservation areas, a key conservation policy tool.

Dharma Sapkota

Impact of fire on plant diversity and aboveground carbon.

Rob Davies

Understanding patterns of savanna biodiversity and the mechanisms driving these patterns.

Chris Bousfield

The impacts of selective logging on avian diets and how logging induced dietary shifts might alter the structure of interaction networks in the forest, linking changes in food resources to changes in species abundance.

Ieuan Lamb

How the mining industry threatens vertebrate biodiversity and catalyses secondary threats to species.

Tom Lansley

The effectiveness of Bird and Biodiversity Areas on bird conservation.

Masters students

Zachary Chu

Impacts of land-use change on functional diversity

Former lab members – gone, but not forgotten!


Cindy Cosset (2022)
Ecology and conservation, especially in tropical ecosystems.

Felicity Edwards (2021)
Species interactions, ecosystem functioning, and anthropogenic disturbances across the tropics.

Jacob Socolar (2021)
Biodiversity impacts of tropical land-use change across spatial scales.

Anne Cotton (2020)
Impacts of land-use change on soil in the Tropical Andes.

Nelson Grima (2020)
Impacts of land-use change on socio-economics and cultural values in the Tropical Andes.


Emma Hughes (2022)
Global change and the future of avian diversity.

Cindy Cosset (2021)
Impacts of selective logging on bird populations.

Patrick Cannon (2021)
Modelling of forest recovery after selective logging.

Simone Messina (2021)
Effects of selective-logging on the stress physiology of birds.

Muhammad Hafidz Abdullah
Assess the sustainability of timber production in peninsular Malaysia, to evaluate the role of forest restoration in meeting conservation goals.

Maíra Rodrigues Cardoso (2021)
Impacts of agriculture and cattle activities on Amazonian birds.

Emily Khazan (2020)
Impacts of land-use change on butterflies.

Manoela M Mollinari (2019)
Quantifying fire risk in selectively logged tropical forests.

Mike Massam (2019)
Forest recovery after selective logging.

Felix K S Lim (2019)
Managing unintended consequences of conservation actions.

Mohammad Nazrin bin Abdul Malik (2019)
Impacts of seedling densities on Janzen-Connell effects.

Luke Nelson (2019)
Cost effective conservation of Afro-Palearctic migrant birds in West Africa.

Ileana Acosta (PhD 2019)
Managing Amazonian logging to minimise carbon and biodiversity loss.

Rebecca Senior (2018)
Impacts of selective logging on climate microrefugia.

Joli Borah (2018)
Improving carbon-biodiversity co-benefit of shifting agriculture under REDD+.

Pamela González del Pliego (2017)
Amphibian conservation in the face of land-use change and global warming.

Eleanor Warren-Thomas (2017)
Rubber plantations in the Indo-Burma biodiversity hotspot: Habitat loss, biodiversity and economics.

Fabio Antonio Ribeiro Matos (2016)
Impacts of fragmentation on functional and phylogenetic diversity in the Brazilian Atlantic forest.


Peter Tarrant (MRes 2021)
Identifying potential differences in winning strategies for dung beetles in areas that utilise land-sparing conservation techniques versus areas that use land-sharing techniques.

Bryn Coffey (MRes 2021)
Impacts of anthropogenic disturbance on the terrestrial ecosystem functioning and the implementation of practical conservation applications to aid recovery or prevent further damage.

Benjamin J D Birch (MRes 2021)
How anthropogenic disturbances alter community structure through changes in species diversity and composition, and the broader impacts this can have on an ecosystem level.

Robert Tarrant (MBiolSci 2021)
Impacts of forest loss and fragmentation on tropical species, and how species characteristics may impact their sensitivity to forest degradation.

Cain Agger (MRes 2021)
The impacts of land use on migratory Afro-Palaearctic birds in West Africa, and how these land use systems may be altered to benefit biodiversity.

Letitia Cookson (MRes 2019)
Butterfly morphology and microclimate recovery after selective logging.

Christopher Bousfield (MBiolSci 2019)
Economic costs of improved logging management under REDD+.

Rob Davies (MBiolSci 2019)
Neotropical oil palm on dung beetle functional diversity.

Thomas Pearson (MRes 2018)
Impacts of logging on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning.

Callum Nixon (MRes 2018)
Effects of land-use change on maintenance of hyperdiversity.

Gianluca Cerullo (MBiolSci 2018)
Impacts of restoring logged forests on dung beetles.

Carlos Aquila Chan Miranda (MRes 2017)
Carbon and biodiversity co-benefits of secondary forest in the Brazilian Atlantic forest.

Katie M Cook (MBiolSci 2017)
Conservation of Brazilian Amazon PAs in the face of logging.

Beth King (MBiolSci 2017)
Value of secondary montane tropical forests for ants.

Gabriela Montejo-Kovacevich (MRes 2016)
The impacts of selective-logging on butterflies in the Brazilian Amazon.

Edmund Bashman (MBiolSci 2015)
Recovery of amphibian communities in secondary forests of the Tropical Andes.