Author Archives: Jane Catford

Welcome Josh and María Ángeles!

October has been an exciting month as we welcome Josh Brian and María Ángeles Pérez-Navarro to our lab group – and Junru Shen to London after she’s been doing her PhD remotely for a year! María Ángeles has a PhD in Terrestrial … Continue reading

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Welcome John!

Dr John Donohue recently joined our group as a Research Associate. John was previously a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Limerick where his research focused on the mathematical modelling of soil biomass. Before that, he completed a PhD in … Continue reading

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Senior Editor role at Journal of Ecology

I’m really excited to be joining the Senior Editor team at Journal of Ecology this month! I absolutely love the journal (and the British Ecological Society more generally), so am delighted to have the opportunity to contribute to the journal, … Continue reading

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Predicting impacts of alien plant invasions on community diversity

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Community diversity outweighs effect of warming on plant colonization

Abiotic environmental change, local species extinctions and colonization of new species often co‐occur. Using a unique grassland experiment that isolates abiotic effects of warming from indirect biotic effects, we find that the biomass, richness and traits of plant colonists is … Continue reading

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The incredible Okavango

Perched in the middle of the southern part of the African continent is the Okavango Delta – an inspiring mosaic of wet and dry, with an abundance of wildlife, breathtaking landscapes, and grasses that would blow your socks off (and … Continue reading

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Invasive Species Week: UK Invasions in a Changing Climate

Regan Early (University of Exeter) and I wrote this piece to mark Invasive Species Week for the British Ecological Society blog. In it, we discuss the possible synergies between climate change and species invasions, and some associated policy challenges. Whether … Continue reading

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Species invasions and climate change: can grasslands cope?

Lizzie Jones and I contributed a chapter about grassland invasions to Grasslands and Climate Change, the latest volume of the British Ecological Society’s Ecological Reviews series. This is a blog post that Lizzie – a former MSc student of mine at Southampton – … Continue reading

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PhDs and the mighty chequered flag

It’s been an exciting time recently – a few PhDs starting, a few others finishing (with two in and two out in the space of a week!). Love it! Angela Bartlett, Stefanie Kaupa and Harry Shepherd recently crossed the starting … Continue reading

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Moving to King’s College London

In exciting news, I am taking up a new position in the Department of Geography at King’s College London in September. Founded in 1829 by King George IV and the Duke of Wellington (and featuring a duel, no less!), King’s is the fourth oldest … Continue reading

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