Our research focuses on the effects of changing land-use patterns on tropical forest diversity and ecosystem function. Specifically, we investigate how deforestation and forest fragmentation modify the composition of tropical tree and bird communities, and impacts on ecosystem functioning. We are based at University of Stirling, UK with fieldwork projects in Brazil, Gabon, Malaysia, Panama, and Peru.
New OA paper in Ecology & Evolution with PhD student Tom Bradfer- Lawrence and research assistant Nick Gardner - Canopy bird assemblages are less influenced by habitat age and isolation than understory bird assemblages in Neotropical secondary forest.
28 March 2018
Congratulations to Robin, who was just awarded an Ashton Award for Student Research to support his PhD field work in Sabah, Malaysia
15 July 2017
Congratulations Izzy! The first PhD student from Dent Lab submitted her thesis last month: Legacies of tropical forest fragmentation and regeneration for biodiversity and carbon storage. Presenting her work on isolated tree and liana communities in the `Balbina Mega-Dam, Brazil (pictured), and soil carbon over secondary forest succession in Panama.
10 July 2017
Just found out that we were awarded a Carnegie Research Incentive Grant for our project: Regenerating tropical forests and their potential for carbon storage.
Some pictures from the field: Identifying trees and birds.....