Oxford Long-Term Ecology Lab

Long-Term Ecology, Biodiversity Conservation, and Environmental Stewardship Technologies

Long-Term Ecology

The history of biodiversity and ecosystems

We undertake fieldwork globally to collect environmental data, including using paleo-ecological methods. We also make use of existing spatiotemporal datasets to generate novel datasets on the distribution of biodiversity.

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Long-Term Ecological Proxies

Resource Stewardship Technologies

Tools to inform environmental descision making

Robust ecological, socio-economic information is important for planning, accounting, and reporting at local and national levels. We are developing techniques and tools that make a contribution to resource stewardship and ecosystem services assessments.

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Biodiversity & Conservation

Species and ecosystems

We study how disturbances alter the biodiversity and functioning of natural ecosystems. Our aim is to provide policy and management solutions for complex social, economic and environmental challenges.

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Lab News

July 11, 2018

Changes in carbon stocks in central and southern Africa’s miombo woodlands

A new systematic map of the evidence of changes in carbon stocks in miombo woodlands over the past 50 years has just been published in Environmental Evidence in a collaborative project between OxLEL, CIFOR, the Institute of Environmental Studies, University of Zimbabwe, the Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo, Mozambique, and Copperbelt University, Kitwe, Zambia, funded by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DfiD). Following a rigorous systematic evaluation process guided by the Collaboration for Environmental Evidence, 11,565 records were retrieved ... Continue reading

June 26, 2018

Evenlode Catchment Partnership NFM Hydrohack

Francesco Pelizza and Beccy Wilebore and attended the NFM HydroHack in the Evenlode Catchment (Oxfordshire) on the 16th of June. The event was organised by the Evenlode Catchment Partnership (ECP) to support data collection at the ECPs Natural Flood Management (NFM) scheme. Members of Oxford University, Atkins Consultancy, SouthEast Rivers Trust and ECP installed a series of water level logging locations to monitor the functioning of the Phase 1 components of the scheme. The NFM measures - including woody dams, corner bunds, retention ... Continue reading

June 20, 2018

5th European Congress of Conservation Biology, Jyväskylä, Finland

Gill Petrokofsky presented two OxLEL papers the 5th European Congress of Conservation Biology held in Jyväskylä, Finland from 12th to 15th June.  The theme of ECCB2018 was 'planetary wellbeing' and papers and posters discussed the science and potential solutions for some of the most pressing 21st century challenges. The conference was attended by natural and social scientists, practitioners, industry members and government decision-makers. The conference was very well organized by the Department of Biological ... Continue reading

September 8, 2017

Shrub growth and expansion in the Arctic tundra: an assessment of controlling factors using an evidence-based approach

September 2017. A new open-access research paper examines possible controls on Arctic shrubification using an evidence-based approach. Over at least the last three decades, changes in Arctic vegetation composition have occurred that have significant consequences for the regulatory capability of tundra environments. Specifically, woody shrubs have been increasing in height and spread, and expanding to fill in patchy landscapes. Rapidly increasing air temperatures or increased growing season lengths appear responsible for increases in woody shrub biomass, but high spatial heterogeneity in shrub responses to increasing temperatures ... Continue reading

May 19, 2017

Plant Conservation Day: Global Pollen Project featured on Methods in Ecology Blog

To celebrate Plant Conservation Day, the Global Pollen Project has today been featured on the Methods in Ecology and Evolution Blog, in a guest post by Andrew Martin. The Global Pollen Project (GPP) is an initiative started by Andrew Martin and William Harvey of the Oxford Long-Term Ecology Laboratory. [caption id="attachment_3854" align="aligncenter" width="300"] A digitised slide of Rheum rhabarbarum, collected from Mongolia in 2004.[/caption] The post highlights the ... Continue reading

Research Blog

Launch of the latest phase of the Local Ecological Footprinting Tool (LEFT) – 7th October 2016 – 5.00 – 6.30pm – Oxford Martin School

By Alistair Yeomans on October 6, 2016

We will be launching the Local Ecological Footprinting Tool (LEFT) on Friday 7th October in Oxford. This is the latest development phase of our web-based decision support tool for assessing risk in environmental management – https://www.left.ox.ac.uk/ (see brief details below) ... Continue reading

Latest on the Humbug project

By Dr. Marianne Sinka on October 3, 2016

Our database of mosquito recordings is growing with considerable help from the CDC in Atlanta, Dr Sheila Ogoma at USAMRU-Kenya, Alex Fyfe at the Jenner institute amongst others; it now contains several thousand recordings including free flying, non-tethered recordings of ... Continue reading

Money well spent? – Conservation in Europe

By Henrik Hannemann on September 28, 2016

Preservation of biodiversity within Europe is widely acknowledged as an important goal not only for the intrinsic value of biodiversity but also the important assets it provides ... Continue reading