My research interests focuses upon plant community ecology. I am specifically interested in African woodland and savanna ecology and managing vegetation change on these landscapes in terms of both ecological and socioeconomic impacts.

Areas of Expertise:

Savanna ecology
Fire ecology
Miombo woodlands
Community ecology
Environmental resources and poverty alleviation


  1. Devine, A. Woody cover in wet and dry African savannas after six decades of experimental fires Journal of Ecology 103 2 473 478
  2. Devine, A., McDonald, R., Quaife, T., Maclean, I. Determinants of woody encroachment and cover in African savannas Oecologia


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