The various strands of my research are tending to converge on one unifying theme: habitat structure. Although ecologists have long-recognised habitat to be a fundamental niche dimension, I’m increasingly convinced that we still lack a useful first-principles understanding of how the physical structure of habitats modifies trophic interactions. In the era of big data, the information we have on well-characterised trophic interactions is surprisingly scarce (take, for example, the number of data points underpinning this meta-analysis). Studying habitat structure and interactions is perhaps old school, but I think there’s plenty of new and exciting things to discover. You can access a copy of my Leverhulme Fellowship programme of work here. tl;dr: I’ll be doing lots of short term feeding experiments that manipulate/quantify the following:
WHO AM I?
I’m an ecologist based at the University of Exeter’s Environment and Sustainability Institute. My research is focussed on the theoretical and applied aspects of consumer-resource interactions in a rapidly changing world. My work spans marine, freshwater and terrestrial systems, vertebrates and invertebrates, physiology and behaviour. I am currently funded by the Leverhulme Trust on an Early Career Fellowship.