Professor of Ecosystem Management

Rain Forest Ecology


OPAL is funded

Oil Palm Adaptive Landscapes, a 6-yr research program spanning Indonesia, Cameroon and Colombia, is funded by SNF/SDC. Interdisciplinary & participatory, biodiversity & ecosystem services, livelihoods, policy, and development - we have it all! Starting in 2015, and recruiting soon.

New book

Forests: A Very Short Introduction
- pre-order now at OUP!

Sustainability Blog

The Future of Milk | 2 Sept 2014

Reforestation: a chance for farmers | 3 June 2014

Future farmers | 19 December 2013

Dark side of coffee | 11 November 2013

In the Media

Die Pflanze unseres Lebens (The plants of our lives) | NZZ am Sonntag | 23 February 2014 | Article on our oil palm work (in German).

New Publications

Born, J. et al. (2015) Differential responses of seedlings to microtopography. Biotropica, in press.

Born, J. et al. (2014) Differing life history characteristics support coexistence ... . Biotropica, 46, 58-68.

Braaker, S., et al. (2014) Habitat connectivity shapes urban arthropod communities... Ecology, 95, 1010-1021.

Finger, A. et al. (2014) Genetic connectivity of a moth pollinated tree in a fragmented habitat ... PLOS One. see here

Frei, E., et al. (2014) Plant population differentiation and climate change... Global Change Biology, 20, 441-455.

Ghazoul, J. (2014) Ecological dynamics in fragmented landscapes. Oxford Bibliographies in Ecology see here

Ismail, S.A., et al. (2014) Forest trees in human modified landscapes... PLOS One, 9, e89437.

Kaiser-Bunbury, C., et al. (2014) ... the structure of plant-pollinator networks. Ecology, in press.

Ecology and Ecosystems Seminar Series

Course order / program


Lecture Notes

17.2.2015 The value of rain forests (pdf) (JG)
24.2.2015 The origins of rain forests (pdf) (JG)
3.3.2015 The variety of rain forests (PDF) (CK)
10.3.2015 The variety of life (PPP) (CK)
17.3.2015 Presentations of research projects in the tropicsTRF5_PPP
24.3.2015 Interactions in the rain forests (TRF_6_PPP) (CK)
31.3.2015 Free reading week
Forest structure and light (ppp) (CP)
21.4.2015 The Distribution of species diversity (ppp) (CP)

Biogeographic theories for species diversity gradients (ppp) (CP)

28.4.2015 Ecological hypotheses for species co-existence (ppp) (CP)
5.5.2015 Humans in the rain forests TRF_11_PP (CJK)
Sustainable forest management and Principles of Forest Restoration TRF_12_13 (CJK)
19.5.2015 Future of forests in the oil-palm context TRF_14_PPP (John Garcia)
26.5.2015 Written Exam


Articles on land sharing and land sparing:

Collected general articles on the land sharing and land sparing debate (pdf)

Ghazoul et al. 2010: Conservation Biology (pdf)

Phalan et al. 2011: Science (pdf)

Balmford et al. 2005: Conservation Biology (pdf)

Articles on roads in rainforests:

Collected general articles on roads in rainforests (pdf)

Articles by Laurance et al 2008, 2009 (pdf, pdf)

Nepstad et al. 2001: Forest Ecology and Management (pdf)

A comprehensive review, with many case studies, of the benefits of rural roads for poverty alleviation in the tropics (most useful information is in the Introduction and Conclusion) (pdf)

General course texts:

Ghazoul J. and D. Sheil 2010: Tropical rain forest diversity, ecology and conservation. Oxford University press, Oxford, UK. 516p.

Peters 1989: Valuation of an Amazonian rainforest. Nature. (pdf)


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