Discovering nature's wonder
An interview with Jaboury Ghazoul on Mongabay.com
Ecology and Ecosystems Seminar Series
To be announced.
Ghazoul, J. and Sheil, D. 2010. Tropical Rain Forest Ecology, Diversity and Conservation. Oxford University Press.
Ismail, S., J. Ghazoul, G. Ravikanth, R. Uma Shaanker, C. G. Kushalappa and C. J. Kettle (2012). Does long-distance pollen dispersal preclude inbreeding in tropical trees? Fragmentation genetics of Dysoxylum malabaricum in an agro-forest landscape. Molecular Ecology 21(22): 5484-5496.
Garcia-Ulloa, J., Sloan, S., Pacheco, P., Ghazoul, J. & Koh, L.P. (2012). Lowering environmental costs of oil-palm expansion in Colombia. Conserv Lett. 5, 366-375.
Finger, A., Kettle, C.J., Kaiser-Bunbury, C.N. and Ghazoul, J. (2012) Forest fragmentation genetics in a formerly widespread island endemic tree: Vateriopsis seychellarum (Dipterocarpaceae). Molecular Ecology, 21, 2369-2382.
Ghazoul, J. (2012) The challenge of inferring palaeoclimates from extant plant distributions: an example from Dipterocarpus. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 173, 80-81.
Hennig, E.I. and Ghazoul, J. (2012) Pollinating animals in the urban environment. Urban Ecosystems, 15, 149-166.
Humbert, J.-Y., Ghazoul, J., Richner, N., Walter, T. (2012) Uncut grass refuges mitigate the impact of mechanical meadow harvesting on orthopterans. Biological Conservation, in press.
In the Ecosystem Management group we are interested in ecological processes relevant to plant reproduction and conservation, particularly in the context of land use change in forested landscape mosaics. Our research encompasses plant-pollinator and plant-mycorrhizal interactions, conservation genetics and habitat fragmentation, management of ecosystem services in forest and agroforest systems, and plant responses to climate change. We are also interested in exploring the economic, social and policy implications of our ecological research.
Our research has a tropical emphasis, with most projects being conducted in tropical rain forest regions of India, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Seychelles, with a few other projects in central Africa and Latin America. We are particularly interested in the ecology of the Dipterocarpaceae, the dominant canopy trees of many Asian rain forests.
Our tropical research activities can be summarised as follows:
Other work on plant responses to climate change, diversity and ecosystem function, and urban ecology is underway in Switzerland and Germany.
We use a variety of tools and approaches, including ecological field studies, field experiments, greenhouse and common garden studies, as well as lab-based ecological and genetic work.
Much of our basic ecological research is used as a foundation for applied research that addresses the environmental constraints and opportunities that people face in managing natural resources. The broad conceptual framework within which we work is that sound ecological understanding facilitates effective environmental management.
The three main areas of research within the group are:
Plant ecology and conservation
Land use and ecosystem services
Ecological and genetic responses to climate change
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