Research Themes

Ecological and evolutionary processes

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Research Themes

It is well known that ecological processes are relevant to biodiversity conservation because they create ecological conditions necessary for resilience, persistence and the prevention of thresholds and irreversible changes in ecosystems. What is still needed, however, is an understanding of which ecological and evolutionary processes are important for achieving these aims, how sensitive they are to environmental changes over short and long time-scales and how to devise policies to conserve them.

 

Biodiversity beyond protected areas

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Research Themes

Recent assessments of the threats to biodiversity indicate that both climate change and human impact will put increasing pressure upon existing protected areas and that much biodiversity conservation will need to take place beyond these reserves. Even though regions beyond the reserves account for 88% of the Earth’s terrestrial surface, there is currently little scientific research into the processes and mechanisms that could enable these areas to support biodiverse ecosystems into the next century.

 

Biodiversity technologies

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Research Themes

Biodiversity technologies research in Oxford is focussed on the use of well-established and newly emerging methodologies to record, value and map biodiversity from individual species through to landscapes. Specifically we aim to develop automated tools that enable an easy identification of species and the assessment of important regions for biodiversity conservation beyond the reserves. We are also developing web-based tools that can map dynamic features of any landscape in the world to inform on the important ecosystem properties and functions that it supports.