Oxford Long-Term Ecology Lab

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

Lab member Nicola Kühn passed her DPhil viva with minor corrections on 10th February 2022 with her thesis titled “Vegetation response to climate change: a traits-based approach”. Nicola’s viva examiners were Prof Guy Midgley (University of Stellenbosch) and Dr Nikki Stevens (School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford). Nicola was supervised by Prof Kathy Willis (Department of Biology), Dr Marc Macias-Fauria (School of Geography and the Environment) and Dr Carolina Tovar (RBG, Kew). A key finding from her thesis was that in dry biomes often-neglected root traits contribute significantly to overall plant trait variation and are thus key in reducing sensitivity to climate variability and determining positive plant responses to climate change.

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December 1, 2022

Vector Atlas Engagement and Partnership Meeting, December 2022

The Vector Atlas team is looking forward to welcoming representatives from over 15 African countries to the first Engagement and Partnership Meeting to be held at the International Centre ... Continue reading

November 22, 2022

Seeing roots from space

A new study led by Dr Nicola Kühn during her DPhil associated with the lab titled “Seeing roots from space: aboveground fingerprints of root depth in vegetation sensitivity to ... Continue reading

November 1, 2022

Vector Atlas Spatial Modelling Workshop, November-December 2022

We are excited to be holding the Vector Atlas Species Distribution Modelling Training Course at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) in Nairobi, Kenya, 30 November ... Continue reading

September 30, 2022

Vector Atlas at the 8th Annual PAMCA conference

The Vector Atlas team had a great time at the 8th Annual Pan-African Mosquito Control Association (PAMCA) conference held in Kigali, Rwanda, from 26 to 28 September 2022. Excellent ... Continue reading

July 10, 2022

Vector Atlas Kick-off Meeting

The international Vector Atlas team gathered at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) Duduville campus in Nairobi from 4 to 8 July 2022 to celebrate the launch ... Continue reading