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New paper: human disturbance of habitats favours animals that carry human disease

A paper, led by Rory Gibb, shows that when humans disturb habitats for agriculture or towns/cities the ecological communities remaining have more hosts of zoonotic diseases.

New paper: calling for a extinctions-based biodiversity target to rally action, akin to the 1.5° target for climate change

A Policy Forum, led by Mark Rounsevell at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, calls for a easily communicable target for biodiversity akin to the 1.5° target for climate change.

Welcome to Tasmin Alexander

Tasmin Alexander is doing her MRes project on the impacts of trade on biodiversity, working between the TRADE Hub and SENTINEL Project.

Welcome to Silvia Ceausu

Silvia Ceausu joined us to day, as the UCL post-doctoral researcher on the TRADE Hub.

World Biodiversity Forum 2020

I gave a talk at the inaugural World Biodiversity Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

New paper: climate makes significant contribution to observed bumblebee declines

A paper, led by Peter Soroye at the University of Ottawa, has shown the strongest signal to date of climate change on observed bumblebee declines.

New paper: human land use affects different functional groups to varying extents

Our new paper in Functional Ecology shows that the effects of land use fall unequally on different functional groups, with small carnivores showing particularly large declines in human-disturbed areas.

New paper: human land use favours species that tolerate more extreme climates

In the second paper from her PhD, Jess Williams shows that human land uses favour species that inhabit more extreme climates, pointing toward potential synergistic interactions between the effects of climate change and land-use change on biodiversity.

New paper: effects of land use on biodiversity in dryland and Mediterranean environments

A paper, led by former masters student Diego García-Vega has just been published in Biodiversity and Conservation. The paper tested the effects of land use on the biodiversity of dryland and Mediterranean regions around the world.

New paper: review on the effect of climate changes caused by land use on biodiversity

Jess Williams led a review on the effects that the climatic changes caused by land-use change have on ecological communities, which has just been published in the journal Diversity & Distributions.

New paper: geographic and taxonomic disparities in the animal pollination literature

Joe Millard's first PhD paper, quantifying geographic and taxonomic disparities in the animal pollination literature has been published in Ecography.

New paper: effects of land use on rare and common species

Lou Sykes, one of last year's masters students, has had her project published in Conservation Biology. Lou investigated how land use affects species with different forms of rarity or commonness (geographical rarity, numerical abundance and habitat specialisation).

Welcome to Tania Barychka

Welcome to Tania Barychka, who starts today on a Leverhulme-funded project, combining the Madingley General Ecosystem Model with Ecological Neutral Theory to make novel predictions about the impacts of human activities on the world's ecosystems.

PREDICTS research in IPBES Global Assessment

Our work on the impacts of land use on biodiversity featured heavily in the recently launched IPBES Global Assessment, including several mentions in the Summary for Policymakers.

Exchange on the Biodiversity Intactness Index

The conservation science group at Cambridge published a critique of our estimates of biodiversity intactness, to which we provided a response. This is an important discussion, highlighting some of the limitations of global-scale models.

Talk in Oxford

I am giving a talk to the Oxford Centre for Tropical forests in Oxford on Friday 3rd May.

Review on biodiversity change and its consequences

Our research group has just published a review paper on the homogenisation of biodiversity driven by climate and land-use change, and its consequences for ecosystem functioning and human well-being.

Paper on agricultural intensification and biodiversity

A paper from a working group with which I was involved has been published in Global Change Biology. The paper investigates the how agricultural intensification in different contexts impacts yields and biodiversity.

Perspectives paper

Nature Ecology & Evolution have just published a perspectives paper I wrote on a nice paper by Alexandra Marques and colleagues, which shows that global trade is driving an increasing loss of biodiversity and carbon sequestration.

New masters students join the team

Philippa Oppenheimer and Georgina Hislop have joined the team. They are both working on the SENTINEL Project.

New paper on homogenization of ecological communities

A new paper from the PREDICTS Project has been published. We show that human use of the land consistently favours widespread species and removes localized species. The paper was covered on the BBC and Le Monde.

Seminar at Queen Mary University of London

I am giving a seminar at Queen Mary, on Thursday 29th November at 1 pm: details.

Charlie Outhwaite and Monica Ortiz join the group

Charlie Outhwaite and Monica Ortiz join the group today, working on the new NERC-funded BIOTA Project to assess interactions between agriculture and biodiversity. Charlie will work mainly with me in the Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research and Monica mainly with Carole Dalin in the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources.

New paper from the PREDICTS Project

Martin Jung, a PhD student with the PREDICTS Project has just published a paper showing that ecological community structure is more influenced by past than by current vegetation.

New paper on the combined future impacts of land-use and climate change on biodiversity

My paper predicting the future impacts of climate and land-use change has just been published in Proceedings of the Royal Society. A nice summary of the paper is given in an article on Carbon Brief.

Robyn Kinnersley starts her masters project

Robyn Kinnersley has started her masters project with me, investigating how European pollinators respond to land use.

Abbie Chapman joins the team

Abbie Chapman joins the team today. She will be working on the SENTINEL Project.

PREDICTS in the IPBES land degradation report

Our predictions of biodiversity patterns from the PREDICTS Project were included in the Summary for Policymakers of the land degradation report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.

Joe Millard starts his PhD project

Joe Millard starts his PhD project today, investigating how land use and climate are influencing pollinator communities.

Seminar at Queen Mary University of London

I am giving a seminar in the Organismal Biology and Biological and Experimental Psychology Seminar Series at Queen Mary University of London, on 15th March 2018. See here for more details.

Joined the editorial board of Biology Letters

I have just joined the editorial board of the journal Biology Letters.

The present and future of biodiversity in African grasslands and savannas

We have just published a paper as part of our Dynamics of African Ecosystems Project, predicting the status and future trends of biodiversity in the tropical grasslands and savannas of Africa using two very different modelling approaches: the statistical models from the PREDICTS Project and the process-based Madingley Model.

Symposium on predicting change in biodiversity and ecosystem function

We are holding a symposium on predicting changes in biodiversity loss and consequences for ecosystem function, as part of the London Centre for Ecology & Evolution. Register here. Submit your abstracts for a talk or poster here. We are bringing together scientists tackling this problem using very different methods and working on different systems. Confirmed keynote speakers are Amanda Bates, Andy Hector, Nathalie Pettorelli, Peter Verburg, Cristina Banks-Leite, Adriana De Palma, Michelle Jackson, Felix Eigenbrod, Kate Jones and me.

Subject editor for Ecography

I have just become a subject editor for the journal Ecography.

Comparing PREDICTS models for Africa with independent field data

A paper led by Martin Jung was published today. The study compared models of how biodiversity responds to land use across the whole of Africa (using the just-published data from the PREDICTS Project) with independent field data from two localities that Martin collected during his masters course. The study also investigated some of the factors that might have been responsible for the observed differences between the Africa-wide models and the independent field data.

PREDICTS database published

The PREDICTS database was published today on the Natural History Museum's data portal. The database is described in an accompanying paper in Ecology & Evolution.

Cambridge Conference on Catastrophic Risk

I am talking about biodiversity loss today at the inaugural Cambridge Conference on Catastrophic Risk.

We are hiring

We are looking for a postdoc to work on the Dynamics of African Ecosystems Project. See here for more details.

Royal Society University Research Fellowship

I start today on a Royal Society University Research fellowship, investigating the combined impacts of land-use and climate change on ecological communities.

Seminar at Sussex University

I am giving a seminar this Thursday (29th September), entitled 'Predicting changes in local biodiversity under human pressures', for the School of Life Sciences at Sussex University.

Effects of habitat loss and fragmentation simulated using the Madingley Model

A paper using the Madingley Model, led by Lewis Bartlett, was published today. It explores the effects on ecosystem structure of the combined and interacting effects of habitat loss and habitat fragmentation.

Biodiversity change in Colombia

A paper was published today led by Susy Echeverría-Londoño, quantifying change in the species composition of ecological communities in Colombia.

Biodiversity inside and outside protected areas

An open-access paper led by Claudia Gray and Sam Hill showing that biodiversity is higher inside than outside protected areas, even where humans have modified the habitat, was published today. The paper received some coverage in the media.

Biodiversity loss past proposed safe limits across most of the world's land surface

A new paper shows that biodiversity loss as a result of land-use change has exceeded the proposed planetary boundary across most of the world's land surface. This paper received good coverage in the media. The full version of the paper is behind a paywall, but you can download an unformatted version here.