Research

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Research in the McGeoch Group focuses on the ecology and conservation of populations, communities and landscapes.

We use plant and animal populations and communities to examine the response of biodiversity to changing environments, including the dynamics of biological invasions. Our work ranges from quantifying and modelling the abundance and distribution of species, to examining the consequences of global change for protected areas. This research frequently feeds into environmental policy and management.

The golden thread that weaves its way through everything we do is the relationship and dynamics between individuals, species and objects in space, and how best to use this information in biodiversity conservation.

Below you will find the four key themes that underpin the research we do.

Spatial ecology

Spatial ecology

    Understanding the fundamental properties of the distribution and abundance of species and communities has many potential benefits for applied ecology
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    Biological invasion and protected areas

    Biological invasion and protected areas

      Protected areas (parks) are not immune to being invaded by alien plants and animals, but the ecological risks can be high when this happens.
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      Development of bioindicator systems

      Development of bioindicator systems

        Species and communities have long been measured for the purpose of assessing the broader condition of habitats or environments. More recently bioindicator systems .
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        Global change impacts on biodiversity

        Global change impacts on biodiversity

          Climate change impacts on biodiversity are spatially variable and often synergistic with other change drivers, including invasive species
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