Earth Systems

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Aquatic ecology

Researchers working in this area explore the processes underpinning observed patterns in freshwater systems.


Antibiotic pollution in surface fresh waters: Occurrence and effects (Science of The Total Environment, 2019)

Marie-Claire Danner, Anne Robertson, Volker Behrends & Julia Reiss

Our researchers have shown that antibiotic concentrations in surface fresh waters reach up to 50 μg/L, single-celled pro- and eukaryotes are the most susceptible to antibiotic pollution. Changes can cascade through the food web and alter species interactions and antibiotics occur in mixtures and interact with other stressors such as temperature.

Energetic equivalence underpins the size structure of tree and phytoplankton communities (Nature Communications, 2019)

Daniel Perkins

Findings of this study suggest that whilst universal metabolic constraints ultimately underlie the emergent size structure of autotroph communities, divergent aspects of body size (volumetric vs. linear dimensions) shape the ecological outcome of metabolic scaling in forest vs. pelagic ecosystems.

Evolutionary Ecology

Research centres on the evolutionary processes generating and maintaining diversity, particularly using fish models.


The ecology of an adaptive radiation of three‐spined stickleback from North Uist, Scotland (Molecular Ecology, 2016)

Isabel Magalhaes

The findings of this study suggest that differences in body shape among stickleback populations are the result of both genetic and plastic responses to environmental factors, which shape fish morphology in a predictable direction regardless of their genetic starting point.


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