Oxford Long-Term Ecology Lab

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Oxford Long-Term Ecology Lab

About the Group

Global Research

From local field sites to global tools

We conduct fieldwork at local, and regional scales. 

Long-Term Ecology

The history of biodiversity and ecosystems

We undertake fieldwork globally to collect environmental data, including using paleo-ecological methods. We also make use of existing spatiotemporal datasets to generate novel datasets on the distribution of biodiversity. 

Resource Stewardship Technologies

Tools to inform environmental descision making

Robust ecological, socio-economic information is important for planning, accounting, and reporting at local and national levels. We are developing techniques and tools that make a contribution to resource stewardship and ecosystem services assessments.

Biodiversity & Conservation

Species and ecosystems

We study how disturbances alter the biodiversity and functioning of natural ecosystems. Our aim is to provide policy and management solutions for complex social, economic and environmental challenges.


For more information, visit: https://oxlel.zoo.ox.ac.uk/





Professor Kathy Willis

Dr Elizabeth Jeffers
Dr Peter Long
Dr Beccy Wilebore
Dr Gillian Petrokofsky
Dr Marianne Sinka
Dr Rinita Dam
Eva Herreros-Moya

David Benz ​
Alistair Yeomans
Andrew Martin
Danielle Sinclair
Nicola Kuhn
Matthew Jordan

Recent Publications

LEFT – a web-based tool for the remote measurement and estimation of ecological value across global landscapes (2017), Long PR, Benz D, Martin AC, Holland PWA, Macias-Fauria M, Seddon AWR, Hagemann R, Frost TK, Simpson AC, Power DJ, Slaymaker MA, Willis KJ. | DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.12924

Eligibility screening in evidence synthesis of environmental management topics. (2017), Frampton G, Livoreil B, Petrokofsky G | DOI: 10.1186/s13750-017-0102-2

Systematic searching for environmental evidence using multiple tools and sources. (2017), Livoreil B, Glanville J, Haddaway NR, Bayliss H, Bethel A, De Lachapelle, F, Robalino S, Savilaakso S, Zhou W, Petrokofsky G, Frampton G | DOI: 10.1186/s13750-017-0099-6

Shrub growth and expansion in the Arctic tundra: an assessment of controlling factors using an evidence-based approach (2017), Martin, A.C; Jeffers, E.S; Petrokofsky, G.; Myers-Smith, I; And Macias-Fauria, M. | DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/aa7989

What are the environmental impacts of property rights regimes in forests, fisheries and rangelands?: a systematic review (2017), Ojanen M, Zhou W, Miller DC, Nieto SH, Mshale B, Petrokofsky G. | DOI: 10.1186/s13750-017-0090-2

The natural capital of city trees (2017), Willis KJ, Petrokofsky G | DOI: 10.1126/science.aam9724 

Global Pollen Project v1.0 (2017), Martin, A. C., Harvey, W. J. | DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.260180