School of Biological and Chemical Sciences

Animal and Network Ecology

Animal & Network Ecology


Research in this theme focuses on understanding species interactions, as well as the responses of individuals, communities and populations to environmental change. We have research strengths the construction and interpretation of ecological networks, and use a range of experimental, molecular- and modeling-based approaches. Topics that are of relevance to major conservation challenges include our work on the long-term decline of insect populations, the impact of invasive species on food networks, and the consequences of trophy hunting on population viability.


Researcher Title Department

Research Interests

Clare, Dr Elizabeth Senior Lecturer Biology

Ecological genomics, Molecular food webs, Bats, Mammals, Systematics, Species interactions

Henry, Dr Lee

Senior Lecturer Biology

Bacterial symbiosis, Insect ecology and evolution, Evolutionary genetics, Molecular evolution, Adaptation, Microbial ecology

Hone, Dr David Senior Lecturer Biology 

Fossils, Paleontology, Ecology, Behaviour, Sexual selection, Dinosaurs, Pterosaurs, Archosaurs, Predator-prey interactions, Body size

Jones, Dr Iwan

Head of the River Communities Group


Freshwater ecology, Community structure, Food webs, Invertabrates, Algae, Plants

Knell, Dr Rob

Reader in Evolutionary Ecology  Biology 

Ecology, Evolution, Infectious disease, Parasite, Immunity, Sexual selection

Kratina, Dr Pavel Senior Lecturer in Ecology Biology

Aquatic ecology, Food webs, Climate change, Ecosystem function, Conservation, Evolutionary ecology

Rossberg, Dr Axel Reader of Theoretical Ecology Biology

Aquatic, Ecology, Biodiversity, Community structure, Food webs, Conservation, Spatial patterns, Mathematical models

Schofield, Dr Gail

Lecturer in Aquatic Ecology





Rossberg A, Gaedke U, Kratina P (2019). Dome patterns in pelagic size spectra reveal strong trophic cascades. Nature Communications

Romero G, Gonçalves-Souza T, Kratina P, Marino N, Petry W, Sobral-Souza T, Roslin T (2018). Global predation pressure redistribution under future climate. Nature Climate Change

Knapp A, Knell R, Farke A, Loewen M, Hone D (2018). Patterns of divergence in the morphology of ceratopsian dinosaurs: sympatry is not a driver of ornament evolution. Proceedings of the Royal Society B

Parrett J, Knell R (2018). The effect of sexual selection on adaptation and extinction under increasing temperatures. Proceedings of the Royal Society B

Struebig M, Linkie M, Deere N, Martyr D, Millyanawati B, Faulkner S, Le Comber S, Mangunjaya F, Leader-Williams N, McKay J, et al (2018). Addressing human-tiger conflict using socio-ecological information on tolerance and risk. Nature Communications

Hammill E, Hawkins C, Greig H, Kratina P, Shurin J, Atwood T (2018). Landscape heterogeneity strengthens the relationship between β-diversity and ecosystem function. Ecology

Hays G, Mazaris A, Schofield G, Laloë J-O (2017). Population viability at extreme sex-ratio skews produced by temperature-dependent sex determination. Proceedings of the Royal Society B

Guignard M, Nichols R, Knell R, Macdonald A, Romila C-A, Trimmer M, Leitch IJ, Leitch AR (2016). Genome size and ploidy influence angiosperm species’ biomass under nitrogen and phosphorus limitation. New Phytologist

Jones I, Murphy J, Anthony S, Arnold A, Blackburn J, Duerdoth C, Hawczak A, Hughes G, Pretty J, et al (2016). Do agri-environment schemes result in improved water quality? The Journal of Applied Ecology


Clare E, Holderied M (2015). Acoustic shadows help gleaning bats find prey, but may be defeated by prey acoustic camouflage on rough surfaces. eLife

Fung T, Farnsworth K, Reid D, Rossberg A (2015). Impact of biodiversity loss on production in complex marine food webs mitigated by prey-release. Nature Communications

Henry L, Maiden M, Ferrari J, Godfray H (2015). Insect life history and the evolution of bacterial mutualism. Ecology Letters