What I Do – A general overview

When I applied for my Rutherford Discovery Fellowship one of the sections in the CV was to describe my current research and specialty area. This is what I wrote it’s slightly out of date now – in that there are a few more publications to add but I’ll highlight these in the Publications in Ecology section so it should be clear where they fit in. All these publications are uploaded on ResearchGate and you can see the publication stats on GoogleScholar, or you can write and ask me for a copy – Tip: in my experience authors love being asked for a copy of anything they’ve written, we are not generally a humble breed.

So here goes what I do in five simple categories – questions and clarifications welcome:

1. COMMUNITY STRUCTURE
I have a long and continued interest in community structure focusing on trait
mediated interactions and patterns in the relative abundances of species (e.g.
Anderson et al. 2012, Fraser et al. 2008, Anderson and Mouillot 2007, Wilson and
Anderson 2001). My interests include disentangling ecological and evolutionary
processes and confronting various theories of community structure with empirical
data and robust analyses, e.g. purpose built randomisation tests.

2. MODELLING SPECIES DISTRIBUTION CHANGES
My research investigating species distribution changes focuses on applying state-of -the-art methods and utilising data from a variety of sources to address applied
ecological, conservation and evolutionary questions (e.g. Anderson et al. 2009, Biol.
Cons.; Carroll et al. 2009, Anderson et al. 2009, Insect Conserv. Divers.). Much of
this work is with large datasets (e.g. European butterflies, Western hemisphere birds,
Global amphibians) or in collaboration with Government bodies (e.g. Natural
England, UK; Ministry of Forestry, Japan) or UK non-government organizations (e.g.
Butterfly Conservation, The British Trust for Ornithology, Royal Society for the
Protection of Birds). These collaborations have ensured I am able to work with the
best available data to pose questions that are both academically interesting and of
use to conservation and government policy (e.g. Anderson et al. 2009. Biol. Cons.,
Anderson and Ohlemüller 2008, Early et al. 2007).

3. INCORPORATING POPULATION DYNAMICS INTO MODELLING SPECIES
DISTRIBUTIONS
This is a very exciting and fast-moving area in global change and conservation
biology. My previous work sought to move the field forward from static to dynamic
distribution models (e.g. Anderson et al. 2009, Proc. Roy Soc. B). My current work
seeks to integrate dynamic climate change projections with spatially explicit individual
based models, incorporating important aspects of species biology (e.g. dispersal,
population dynamics, interactions with annual environmental conditions) and ecology
(e.g. biotic interactions).

4. CONSERVATION PRIORITIZATION
My current research involves using the conservation prioritization software Zonation
to search for win-win, and compromise solutions for biodiversity and ecosystem
services. In particular investigating possible trade-offs between biodiversity and
ecosystem services (Moilanen, Anderson et. al. 2011, Ecol. Appl.). My recent
research has used fine resolution British data and large-scale analyses looking for
best practice placement of global protected areas and global tradeoffs between
carbon-storage and biodiversity.
5. LINKING BIODIVERSITY AND ECOSYSTEM SERVICES
My recent research into links between biodiversity, ecosystem services and protected
areas has been very well received with my J. Applied Ecology paper (Anderson et al.
2009) being given a Must Read rating from Faculty 1000 and the Proc. Roy. Soc. B.
paper (Eigenbrod et al. 2009) a recommended rating.

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