Welcome to the webpage for the eco-evo-enviro research group at the University of Essex. We undertake research in the areas of population, community and evolutionary ecology and environmental science.
Our interests are largely about aquatic habitats and the animals they support. This includes fish, zooplankton, phytoplankton, microbes and sometimes birds.
Our research can roughly be divided into three areas, although we often consider these questions within the same research projects.
1. What are the demographic responses of populations to environmental change (e.g. increased food or mortality) and how does this affect population persistence, variability or management
2. What are the evolutionary responses of populations to environmental change (e.g. increased food or mortality for individuals with a given suite of traits) and how does this affect population persistence, variability or management
3. What are the ecological and evolutionary responses of animal communities to natural predation, harvesting and disturbance and what knock-on effects does this have on the structure of food-webs and environmental processes such as nutrient cycles and microbial function.
Further information on-going research projects, people in the group, opportunities and our publications can be found by entering the webpage tabs along the top of this page