We study how disturbances alter the biodiversity and functioning of natural ecosystems, focusing on animals in tropical agroforests and rainforests. Our aim is to provide policy and management solutions for complex social, economic and environmental challenges, such as sustainable development, land-use change and the provision of ecosystem services. Our research currently addresses the following goals:

(i) understanding the impacts of forest fragmentation on biotic processes, including seed dispersal and predation of herbivorous insects;

(ii) using landscape-scale experiments and global plot-based surveys to test the link between biodiversity and ecosystem function, including the functioning of biogeochemical cycles.

(iii) using comparative analyses to test how species ecology and evolutionary history influences the responses of ecosystems to land-use and climate change.

(iv) investigating the role of animals in regulating the recovery of biodiversity and ecosystem function in regenerating rainforests.