Oxford Long-Term Ecology Lab

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

Academic profile

Peter is a James Martin research fellow working with Prof Kathy Willis.

Research interests

I am an environmental scientist with research focused on generating spatially-explicit information about land cover, biodiversity and ecosystem services to inform land management.

  • Database technologies for long-term, landscape scale multi-taxa biodiversity monitoring programmes
  • Automatic web-based tools for environmental decision support
  • Earth observation algorithms to derive 30m surface reflectance and derived products, globally in time series
  • Analytical data assimilation methods for AVHRR and MODIS surface reflectance and derived products
  • Algorithms to calculate the provision of ecosystem services
  • Methods for calculating ecological resilience using vegetation and climate data
  • Ecological processes and function, evaluation methods, markets for land management

Selected Publications


Long PR, Benz D, Macias-Fauria M, Seddon AWR, Holland PWA, Martin AC, Hagemann R, Frost TK, Simpson AC, Power DJ, Slaymaker MA, Willis KJ. (2017) LEFT – a web-based tool for the remote measurement and estimation of ecological value across global landscapes Methods in Ecology and Evolution  DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.12924

Nogué S, Long PR; Eycott A, de Nascimento L, Fernández-Palacios JM, Petrokofsky G, Vandvik V, Willis KJ (2016) Polliination service delivery for European crops: challenges and opportunities Ecological Economics doi:10.1016/j.ecolecon.2016.03.023

Seddon AWR, Macias-Fauria M, Long PR, Benz D, Willis KJ (2016) Sensitivity of global terrestrial ecosystems to climate variability. Nature doi:10.1038/nature16986

Seddon AWR, Macias-Fauria M, Long PR, Benz D, Willis KJ (2016) Sensitivity of global terrestrial ecosystems to climate variability: data and R code. Oxford University Research Archive DOI: 10.5287/bodleian:VY2PeyGX4

Mann GKH, Long PR, Rakontondraparany F, The Seing S, Gandola R (2016) First record of Fossa Cryptoprocta ferox in Mariarano forest, Madagascar. Small Carnivore Conservation 52: 45-55

Cole EF, Long PR, Szulkin M, Zelezowski P, Sheldon BC (2015) Satellite-derived vegetation phenology measures reveal spatial variation in phenological matching to the environment in great tits and blue tits. Ecology & Evolution 5: 5057-5074

Macias Fauria M, Seddon A, Benz D, Long PR, Willis K (2014) Spatio-temporal patterns of warming. Nature Climate Change 4: 845-846

Willis KJ, Seddon AR, Long PR, Jeffers ES, Smit MGD, Hagelmann R, Collin-Hansen C, Weissenberger J, Macias Fauria M (2014) Remote assessment of locally important ecological features across landscapes: how representative of reality is such an approach? Ecological Applications 25: 1290-1302

Evans B, Rakontondraparany F, Cole L, Graham S, Gandola R, Long PR (2013) The carnivores of Mariarano forest, Madagascar: first insights. Small Carnivore Conservation 49: 15-19

Willis KJ, Jeffers ES, Tovar C, Long PR, Caithness N, Smit MGD, Hageman R, Colin-Hansen C, Weissenberger J (2012) Determining the ecological value of landscapes beyond protected areas. Biological Conservation 147: 3-12

Al Rashidi M., Long PR, O’Connell M, Shobrak M, Székely T (2011) Use of remote sensing to identify suitable breeding habitat for the Kentish Plover and estimate population size along the western coast of Saudi Arabia. Wader Study Group Bulletin 118 32–39.

Zefania S, Razafimahatatra M, Faria P, Bruford MW, Long PR, Szekely T. Cryptic sexual size dimorphism in Malagasy plovers Charadrius spp. Ostrich, 81: 173-178

Brede EG, Long PR, Zefania S, Rabenandrasana M, Szekely T, Bruford MW. PCR primers for microsatellite loci in a Madagascan waterbird, the Sakalava rail (Amaurornis olivieri). Conservation Genetics Resources, 2: 273-277

Rabenandrasana MR, Zefania S, Long PR, Seing ST, Virginie MC, Randrianarisoa M, Szekely T, Safford R. (2008) Distribution, status and population size of the endangered Sakalava of Madagascar. Bird Conservation International 19: 23-32

Zefania S, ffrench-Constant R, Long PR, Szekely T. (2008) Breeding distribution and ecology of the threatened Madagascar Plover Charadrius thoracicus. Ostrich 79: 43-51

Long PR, Zefania S, Szekely T, ffrench-Constant R. (2008) Estimating population size of an endangered shorebird, the Madagascar plover, using a habitat suitability model.  Animal Conservation 11: 118-127

Long PR, Szekely T, Kerhaw M, O’Connell M (2007) Ecological factors and human threats both drive wildfowl population declines.  Animal Conservation 10: 183-191

Book chapter

Willis KJ, Macias Fauria M, Gasparatos A, Long PR (2014) Identifying and mapping biodiversity: where can we damage? In, Helm D, Hepburn C (eds) Nature in the balance: the economics of biodiversity. Oxford University Press.