Areas of Expertise

  • ecological networks
  • community assembly dynamics
  • host-associated microbiome
  • eco-evolutionary dynamics
  • global change
  • biological invasions

Publications

  1. McWilliams, C., Lurgi, M., Montoya, J., Sauve, A., Montoya, D., Lurgi Rivera, M. The stability of multitrophic communities under habitat loss Nature Communications 10 1
  2. Lurgi, M., Thomas, T., Wemheuer, B., Webster, N., Montoya, J., Lurgi Rivera, M. Modularity and predicted functions of the global sponge-microbiome network Nature Communications 10 992
  3. García-Díaz, P., Anderson, D., Lurgi, M., Lurgi Rivera, M. Evaluating the effects of landscape structure on the recovery of an invasive vertebrate after population control Landscape Ecology 34 3 615 626
  4. Espunyes, J., Lurgi, M., Büntgen, U., Bartolomé, J., Calleja, J., Gálvez-Cerón, A., Peñuelas, J., Claramunt-López, B., Serrano, E., Lurgi Rivera, M. Different effects of alpine woody plant expansion on domestic and wild ungulates Global Change Biology 25 5 1808 1819
  5. García-Díaz, P., Prowse, T., Anderson, D., Lurgi, M., Binny, R., Cassey, P., Lurgi Rivera, M. A concise guide to developing and using quantitative models in conservation management Conservation Science and Practice 1 2 e11

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Teaching

  • BIB700 Trends in Biosciences

    In this module you will discover what it takes to be a research scientist and discuss world-leading research with biologists and ecologists from Universities and Research Institutes from all over the UK and around the world. You will attend our Biosciences seminar series, generally held every second Thursday, as well as a series of journal clubs and more informal talks, held on the Thursdays in between the biweekly seminars. Following each seminar there will be a group workshop with the speakers where you will learn to evaluate critically current research and advanced scholarship in the discipline. You will gain practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in Biosciences. For a selection of seminars, you will summarise the research highlights (3 to 5 bullet points, maximum 85 characters) and write an abstract on the research (max 300 words). You will also produce brief, webinar-style presentations and blogs for Swansea BioTalks, the blog for our seminar and journal club series at the Department of Biosciences. These tasks will allow you to fine-tune your communication skills and increase your depth of understanding of the latest research in Biosciences.

  • BIO327 Tropical marine ecology field course

    This field based module will provide students with an introduction to the ecology of tropical marine systems and teach students the key practical skills required by tropical marine biologists. Students will obtain training in how to design, implement and report scientifically robust marine research. The module will complement the level three marine field course and help develop key skills in field based marine biology. Students will learn skills in marine ecology and taxonomy, in-water marine sampling and surveys, and impact assessment. This module will be mostly practical based but will also include theory lectures, workshops and feedback sessions. It would be structured around seven days of directed practical activities and a three day small group based mini-project. The field course will utilise snorkeling and intertidal walking as the major means of sampling throughout directed practical¿s.