Our research

The Dynamic Ecology Group studies processes ranging from the level of cell ecophysiology (systems biology), through individual, population and community ecology, to whole ecosystems (systems ecology). Our research addresses the fundamental ecological processes of births, deaths, immigration and emigration, from conceptual through to applied levels, by investigating how interactions within and across biological scales of organisation are modified by environmental variation. We do this by combining mathematical, stochastic and statistical modelling approaches, merged with traditional field ecology and lab-based ’omic tools and skills.

Group Members

Dr Luca Börger

Spatial & Movement Ecology, Biodiversity; I investigate how individuals respond to environmental change and how these individual dynamics scale up to population and community level patterns, driving biodiversity dynamics across space. To do so I use statistical and mathematical modelling approaches, applied to observational and experimental data and I am interest in both basic and applied science problems (incl. Agroecology & Conservation biology).

Dr Jim Bull

Ecology & Epidemiology. I adopt a Systems Ecology approach and my modelling is very data-driven. I combine mechanistic and statistical modelling to understand complex ecological datasets including high-throughput molecular platforms, as well as time series of population level interactions.

Prof. Kevin Flynn

Applied & Theoretical Aquatic Ecophysiology. My interests span all aspects of plankton (virus, bacteria, algae, mixotrophs, zooplankton), from experimental physiology, ecology through to modelling. Projects range from ocean acidification and ocean-scale production, harmful algal blooms, to commercial exploitation of algal growth and aquaculture.

Dr Mike Fowler

Stochastic Eco-Evolutionary Dynamics. Combining analytical, stochastic, simulation and statistical methods to model and understand coloured stochastic spatio-temporal variation. I aim to understand how environmental variation interacts with multi-species eco-evolutionary feedbacks to drive observed population and community dynamics.  

Dr John Griffin

Community & Ecosystems Ecology. I investigate how biodiversity and species interactions affect ecosystem functioning, across a range of ecosystems (rocky shores, salt marshes, coral reefs and even alpine meadows). This work sits at the interface of pure and applied ecology, using field and mesocosm systems and meta-analysis.

Dr Andrew King

Behavioural and Movement Ecology: Research aims to understand how costs and benefits shape individual behaviour, and how these behaviours relate to the structure and functioning of groups and populations, using direct field observations and controlled lab systems to access information about interactions at many spatial-temporal scales.

Local Activities

  • DEG members have developed and are running a weekly “Stats-drop in session” for UG & PG students who wish to discuss any issues related to data handling, analysis and interpretation. Please contact Jim Bull with any specific queries about this project.

  • Luca Börger is currently organising the Biosciences Research Seminar Series. If you are planning to visit the University, and would like to present your research to a wide audience, please contact Luca.

  • We have jointly founded the BioMathematics Seminar Series, with members of the Mathematics department, in order to identify common research interests and foster interdepartmental collaboration.

Please contact Mike Fowler with any other enquiries or interest you have about DEG activities.