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Dr Christopher Kaiser-Bunbury

Senior Lecturer in Conservation & Ecology

 01326 255245

 Tremough Innovation Centre G10a

 

Tremough Innovation Centre, University of Exeter, Penryn, Cornwall TR10 9TA

Qualifications

2015: Habilitation in Ecology (TU Darmstadt, Germany)

2006: PhD in Environmental Sciences (University of Zurich, Switzerland)

2002: Diploma in Biology (University of Bonn, Germany)

Career

2018–present  Senior Lecturer, Centre for Ecology and Conservation, University of Exeter, UK

2015–present  Honorary Fellow at the University of Seychelles

2017   Heisenberg Fellow, Ecological Networks, TU Darmstadt

2013–2017   Senior Research Fellow, Prof. Nico Blüthgen, TU Darmstadt, Germany

2010–2013    Research Fellow, Prof. Jens Olesen, Ecology & Genetics, Aarhus University, Denmark

2008–2010    Post-doc, Prof. Peter Edwards, Plant Ecology, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

2007–2010    Post-doc, Prof. Jaboury Ghazoul, Ecosystem Management, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

2006–2010    Managing Editor, Biotropica, Association of Tropical Biology & Conservation

Research

Research networks

Nico Blüthgen, TU Darmstadt, Germany

Anna Traveset, IMEDEA Mallorca, Spain

Ruben Heleno, University of Coimbra, Portugal

Digeo Vázquez, CONICET, Mendoza, Argentina

Jens M. Olesen, Aarhus University, Denmark

Benjamin Mauroy, University of Nice, France

Gita Bernadi and Jochen Fründ, University of Freiburg, Germany

Chris Kettle and Peter Edwards, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Research grants

  • 2017 German Research Foundation (DFG)
    Ecological restoration is employed widely in biodiversity conservation to counteract ecosystem degradation and slow the loss of diversity. Yet the efficacy of restoration interventions for supporting self-sustaining communities has rarely been quantified. Instead of focussing only on species as the unit of study, researchers and conservationists aim to understand, preserve and restore ecosystem functioning, which is largely maintained by interactions between species. Here, we aim to advance understanding of the mechanisms that link environmental threats (e.g. invasive species) and the mitigation of these threats (e.g. through ecological restoration) to ecosystem functioning, and provide predictions on how to sustain ecosystem functions (e.g. pollination) under future scenarios of biodiversity loss.

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Kaiser-Bunbury CN, Mougal J, Whittington AE, Valentin T, Gabriel R, Olesen JM, Blüthgen N (2017). Ecosystem restoration strengthens pollination network resilience and function. Nature, 542(7640), 223-227. Abstract.  Full text.
Kaiser-Bunbury CN, Blüthgen N (2015). Integrating network ecology with applied conservation: a synthesis and guide to implementation. AoB PLANTS, 7 Abstract.
Edwards PJ, Fleischer-Dogley F, Kaiser-Bunbury CN (2015). The nutrient economy of lodoicea maldivica, a monodominant palm producing the world's largest seed. New Phytologist, 206(3), 990-999. Abstract.
Kaiser-Bunbury CN, Vázquez DP, Stang M, Ghazoul J (2014). Determinants of the microstructure of plant-pollinator networks. Ecology, 95(12), 3314-3324. Abstract.
Kueffer C, Kaiser-Bunbury CN (2014). Reconciling conflicting perspectives for biodiversity conservation in the Anthropocene. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 12(2), 131-137. Abstract.
Kaiser-Bunbury CN, Valentin T, Mougal J, Matatiken D, Ghazoul J (2011). The tolerance of island plant-pollinator networks to alien plants. Journal of Ecology, 99(1), 202-213. Abstract.

Publications by category


Journal articles

(2018). OUP accepted manuscript. Annals of Botany Full text.
Patiño J, Whittaker RJ, Borges PAV, Fernández-Palacios JM, Ah-Peng C, Araújo MB, Ávila SP, Cardoso P, Cornuault J, de Boer EJ, et al (2017). A roadmap for island biology: 50 fundamental questions after 50 years of the Theory of Island Biogeography. Journal of Biogeography, 44(5), 963-983. Abstract.
Kaiser-Bunbury CN, Mougal J, Whittington AE, Valentin T, Gabriel R, Olesen JM, Blüthgen N (2017). Ecosystem restoration strengthens pollination network resilience and function. Nature, 542(7640), 223-227. Abstract.  Full text.
Morgan EJ, Kaiser-Bunbury CN, Edwards PJ, Fleischer-Dogley F, Kettle CJ (2017). Keeping it in the family: strong fine-scale genetic structure and inbreeding in Lodoicea maldivica, the largest-seeded plant in the world. Conservation Genetics, 18(6), 1317-1329. Abstract.
Morgan EJ, Kaiser-Bunbury CN, Edwards PJ, Fleischer-Dogley F, Kettle CJ (2017). Tracing coco de mer's reproductive history: Pollen and nutrient limitations reduce fecundity. Ecology and Evolution, 7(19), 7765-7776. Abstract.  Full text.
Morgan EJ, Määttänen K, Kaiser-Bunbury CN, Buser A, Fleischer-Dogley F, Kettle CJ (2016). Development of 12 Polymorphic Microsatellite Loci for the Endangered Seychelles Palm Lodoicea maldivica (Arecaceae). Applications in Plant Sciences, 4(4). Abstract.
Rocha S, Perera A, Bunbury N, Kaiser-Bunbury CN, Harris DJ (2016). Speciation history and species-delimitation within the Seychelles Bronze geckos, Ailuronyx spp.: Molecular and morphological evidence. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society Abstract.
Kaiser-Bunbury CN, Mougal J, Valentin T, Gabriel R, Blüthgen N (2015). Herbicide application as a habitat restoration tool: Impact on native island plant communities. Applied Vegetation Science, 18(4), 650-660. Abstract.
Kaiser-Bunbury CN, Blüthgen N (2015). Integrating network ecology with applied conservation: a synthesis and guide to implementation. AoB PLANTS, 7 Abstract.
Kaiser-Bunbury CN, Fleischer-Dogley F, Dogley D, Bunbury N (2015). Scientists' responsibilities towards evidence-based conservation in a Small Island Developing State. Journal of Applied Ecology, 52(1), 7-11.
Edwards PJ, Fleischer-Dogley F, Kaiser-Bunbury CN (2015). The nutrient economy of lodoicea maldivica, a monodominant palm producing the world's largest seed. New Phytologist, 206(3), 990-999. Abstract.
van Dinther M, Bunbury N, Kaiser-Bunbury CN (2015). Trial of herbicide control methods for sisal Agave sisalana in the arid Island environment of Aldabra atoll, Seychelles. Conservation Evidence, 12, 14-18. Abstract.
Kaiser-Bunbury CN, Vázquez DP, Stang M, Ghazoul J (2014). Determinants of the microstructure of plant-pollinator networks. Ecology, 95(12), 3314-3324. Abstract.
Finger A, Kaiser-Bunbury CN, Kettle CJ, Valentin T, Ghazoul J (2014). Genetic connectivity of the moth pollinated tree Glionnetia sericeain a highly fragmented habitat. PLoS ONE, 9(10). Abstract.
Kaiser-Bunbury C, Cuthbert H, Fox R, Birch D, Bunbury N (2014). Invasion of yellow crazy ant Anoplolepis gracilipes in a Seychelles UNESCO palm forest. NeoBiota, 22, 43-57.
Kueffer C, Kaiser-Bunbury CN (2014). Reconciling conflicting perspectives for biodiversity conservation in the Anthropocene. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 12(2), 131-137. Abstract.
Carvalheiro LG, Biesmeijer JC, Benadi G, Fründ J, Stang M, Bartomeus I, Kaiser-Bunbury CN, Baude M, Gomes SIF, Merckx V, et al (2014). The potential for indirect effects between co-flowering plants via shared pollinators depends on resource abundance, accessibility and relatedness. Ecology Letters, 17(11), 1389-1399. Abstract.
Hagen M, Kissling WD, Rasmussen C, De Aguiar MAM, Brown LE, Carstensen DW, Alves-Dos-Santos I, Dupont YL, Edwards FK, Genini J, et al (2012). Biodiversity, Species Interactions and Ecological Networks in a Fragmented World. Advances in Ecological Research, 46, 89-120. Abstract.
Finger A, Kaiser-Bunbury CN, Kettle CJ (2012). Development of polymorphic microsatellite markers of the Seychelles endemic tree Glionnetia sericea (Rubiaceae). Conservation Genetics Resources, 4(2), 239-241. Abstract.
Finger A, Kettle CJ, Kaiser-Bunbury CN, Valentin T, Mougal J, Ghazoul J (2012). Forest fragmentation genetics in a formerly widespread island endemic tree: Vateriopsis seychellarum (Dipterocarpaceae). Molecular Ecology, 21(10), 2369-2382. Abstract.
Schleuning M, Fründ J, Klein AM, Abrahamczyk S, Alarcón R, Albrecht M, Andersson GKS, Bazarian S, Böhning-Gaese K, Bommarco R, et al (2012). Specialization of mutualistic interaction networks decreases toward tropical latitudes. Current Biology, 22(20), 1925-1931. Abstract.
Finger A, Kettle CJ, Kaiser-Bunbury CN, Valentin T, Doudee D, Matatiken D, Ghazoul J (2011). Back from the brink: Potential for genetic rescue in a critically endangered tree. Molecular Ecology, 20(18), 3773-3784. Abstract.
Noble T, Bunbury N, Kaiser-Bunbury CN, Bell DJ (2011). Ecology and co-existence of two endemic day gecko (Phelsuma) species in Seychelles native palm forest. Journal of Zoology, 283(1), 73-80. Abstract.
Fleischer-Dogley F, Kettle CJ, Edwards PJ, Ghazoul J, Määttänen K, Kaiser-Bunbury CN (2011). Morphological and genetic differentiation in populations of the dispersal-limited coco de mer (Lodoicea maldivica): Implications for management and conservation. Diversity and Distributions, 17(2), 235-243. Abstract.
Kaiser-Bunbury CN, Valentin T, Mougal J, Matatiken D, Ghazoul J (2011). The tolerance of island plant-pollinator networks to alien plants. Journal of Ecology, 99(1), 202-213. Abstract.
Kaiser-Bunbury CN, Traveset A, Hansen DM (2010). Conservation and restoration of plant-animal mutualisms on oceanic islands. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics, 12(2), 131-143. Abstract.
Finger A, Ghazoul J, Todd M, Kaiser-Bunbury C, Kettle C (2010). Development of thirteen polymorphic microsatellite markers for the seychelles endangered and endemic jellyfish tree medusagyne oppositifolia (Medusagynaceae). Conservation Genetics Resources, 2(SUPPL.1), 173-175. Abstract.
Rist L, Kaiser-Bunbury CN, Fleischer-Dogley F, Edwards P, Bunbury N, Ghazoul J (2010). Sustainable harvesting of coco de mer, Lodoicea maldivica, in the Vallée de Mai, Seychelles. Forest Ecology and Management, 260(12), 2224-2231. Abstract.
Kaiser-Bunbury CN, Muff S, Memmott J, Müller CB, Caflisch A (2010). The robustness of pollination networks to the loss of species and interactions: a quantitative approach incorporating pollinator behaviour. Ecology Letters, 13(4), 442-452. Abstract.
Kaiser-Bunbury CN, Memmott J, Müller CB (2009). Community structure of pollination webs of Mauritian heathland habitats. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics, 11(4), 241-254. Abstract.
Kaiser-Bunbury CN, Müller CB (2009). Indirect interactions between invasive and native plants via pollinators. Naturwissenschaften, 96(3), 339-346. Abstract.
Kaiser CN, Hansen DM, Müller CB (2008). Exotic pest insects: another perspective on coffee and conservation. Oryx, 42(01).
Hansen DM, Kaiser CN, Müller CB (2008). Seed Dispersal and Establishment of Endangered Plants on Oceanic Islands: the Janzen-Connell Model, and the Use of Ecological Analogues. PLoS ONE, 3(5), e2111-e2111.
Kaiser CN, Hansen DM, Müller CB (2007). Habitat Structure Affects Reproductive Success of the Rare Endemic Tree Syzygium mamillatum (Myrtaceae) in Restored and Unrestored Sites in Mauritius. Biotropica, 40(1), 84-96.

Chapters

Kaiser-Bunbury CN, Blüthgen N, Junker R (2017). Biological invasions and ant-flower networks on islands. In Oliveira PS, Koptur S (Eds.) Ant-Plant Interactions: Impacts of Humans on Terrestrial Ecosystems, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 267-289.  Abstract.

Reports

Senterre B, Kaiser-Bunbury CN (2014). Conception of an integrated database on the flora, fauna and vegetation of the Seychelles. Government of Seychelles,  Victoria, Seychelles, United Nations Development Programme. Abstract.
Kaiser-Bunbury CN, Senterre B (2014). Manual on the Key Biodiversity Area CyberTracker application. Government of Seychelles,  Victoria, Seychelles, United Nations Development Programme. Abstract.

Publications by year


2018

(2018). OUP accepted manuscript. Annals of Botany Full text.

2017

Patiño J, Whittaker RJ, Borges PAV, Fernández-Palacios JM, Ah-Peng C, Araújo MB, Ávila SP, Cardoso P, Cornuault J, de Boer EJ, et al (2017). A roadmap for island biology: 50 fundamental questions after 50 years of the Theory of Island Biogeography. Journal of Biogeography, 44(5), 963-983. Abstract.
Kaiser-Bunbury CN, Blüthgen N, Junker R (2017). Biological invasions and ant-flower networks on islands. In Oliveira PS, Koptur S (Eds.) Ant-Plant Interactions: Impacts of Humans on Terrestrial Ecosystems, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 267-289.  Abstract.
Kaiser-Bunbury CN, Mougal J, Whittington AE, Valentin T, Gabriel R, Olesen JM, Blüthgen N (2017). Ecosystem restoration strengthens pollination network resilience and function. Nature, 542(7640), 223-227. Abstract.  Full text.
Morgan EJ, Kaiser-Bunbury CN, Edwards PJ, Fleischer-Dogley F, Kettle CJ (2017). Keeping it in the family: strong fine-scale genetic structure and inbreeding in Lodoicea maldivica, the largest-seeded plant in the world. Conservation Genetics, 18(6), 1317-1329. Abstract.
Morgan EJ, Kaiser-Bunbury CN, Edwards PJ, Fleischer-Dogley F, Kettle CJ (2017). Tracing coco de mer's reproductive history: Pollen and nutrient limitations reduce fecundity. Ecology and Evolution, 7(19), 7765-7776. Abstract.  Full text.

2016

Morgan EJ, Määttänen K, Kaiser-Bunbury CN, Buser A, Fleischer-Dogley F, Kettle CJ (2016). Development of 12 Polymorphic Microsatellite Loci for the Endangered Seychelles Palm Lodoicea maldivica (Arecaceae). Applications in Plant Sciences, 4(4). Abstract.
Rocha S, Perera A, Bunbury N, Kaiser-Bunbury CN, Harris DJ (2016). Speciation history and species-delimitation within the Seychelles Bronze geckos, Ailuronyx spp.: Molecular and morphological evidence. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society Abstract.

2015

Kaiser-Bunbury CN, Mougal J, Valentin T, Gabriel R, Blüthgen N (2015). Herbicide application as a habitat restoration tool: Impact on native island plant communities. Applied Vegetation Science, 18(4), 650-660. Abstract.
Kaiser-Bunbury CN, Blüthgen N (2015). Integrating network ecology with applied conservation: a synthesis and guide to implementation. AoB PLANTS, 7 Abstract.
Kaiser-Bunbury CN (2015). Networks in island ecology: a synergistic approach to connect ecological theory with conservation application. Habilitation Abstract.
Kaiser-Bunbury CN, Fleischer-Dogley F, Dogley D, Bunbury N (2015). Scientists' responsibilities towards evidence-based conservation in a Small Island Developing State. Journal of Applied Ecology, 52(1), 7-11.
Edwards PJ, Fleischer-Dogley F, Kaiser-Bunbury CN (2015). The nutrient economy of lodoicea maldivica, a monodominant palm producing the world's largest seed. New Phytologist, 206(3), 990-999. Abstract.
van Dinther M, Bunbury N, Kaiser-Bunbury CN (2015). Trial of herbicide control methods for sisal Agave sisalana in the arid Island environment of Aldabra atoll, Seychelles. Conservation Evidence, 12, 14-18. Abstract.

2014

Senterre B, Kaiser-Bunbury CN (2014). Conception of an integrated database on the flora, fauna and vegetation of the Seychelles. Government of Seychelles,  Victoria, Seychelles, United Nations Development Programme. Abstract.
Kaiser-Bunbury CN, Vázquez DP, Stang M, Ghazoul J (2014). Determinants of the microstructure of plant-pollinator networks. Ecology, 95(12), 3314-3324. Abstract.
Finger A, Kaiser-Bunbury CN, Kettle CJ, Valentin T, Ghazoul J (2014). Genetic connectivity of the moth pollinated tree Glionnetia sericeain a highly fragmented habitat. PLoS ONE, 9(10). Abstract.
Kaiser-Bunbury C, Cuthbert H, Fox R, Birch D, Bunbury N (2014). Invasion of yellow crazy ant Anoplolepis gracilipes in a Seychelles UNESCO palm forest. NeoBiota, 22, 43-57.
Kaiser-Bunbury CN, Senterre B (2014). Manual on the Key Biodiversity Area CyberTracker application. Government of Seychelles,  Victoria, Seychelles, United Nations Development Programme. Abstract.
Kueffer C, Kaiser-Bunbury CN (2014). Reconciling conflicting perspectives for biodiversity conservation in the Anthropocene. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 12(2), 131-137. Abstract.
Carvalheiro LG, Biesmeijer JC, Benadi G, Fründ J, Stang M, Bartomeus I, Kaiser-Bunbury CN, Baude M, Gomes SIF, Merckx V, et al (2014). The potential for indirect effects between co-flowering plants via shared pollinators depends on resource abundance, accessibility and relatedness. Ecology Letters, 17(11), 1389-1399. Abstract.

2012

Hagen M, Kissling WD, Rasmussen C, De Aguiar MAM, Brown LE, Carstensen DW, Alves-Dos-Santos I, Dupont YL, Edwards FK, Genini J, et al (2012). Biodiversity, Species Interactions and Ecological Networks in a Fragmented World. Advances in Ecological Research, 46, 89-120. Abstract.
Finger A, Kaiser-Bunbury CN, Kettle CJ (2012). Development of polymorphic microsatellite markers of the Seychelles endemic tree Glionnetia sericea (Rubiaceae). Conservation Genetics Resources, 4(2), 239-241. Abstract.
Finger A, Kettle CJ, Kaiser-Bunbury CN, Valentin T, Mougal J, Ghazoul J (2012). Forest fragmentation genetics in a formerly widespread island endemic tree: Vateriopsis seychellarum (Dipterocarpaceae). Molecular Ecology, 21(10), 2369-2382. Abstract.
Schleuning M, Fründ J, Klein AM, Abrahamczyk S, Alarcón R, Albrecht M, Andersson GKS, Bazarian S, Böhning-Gaese K, Bommarco R, et al (2012). Specialization of mutualistic interaction networks decreases toward tropical latitudes. Current Biology, 22(20), 1925-1931. Abstract.

2011

Finger A, Kettle CJ, Kaiser-Bunbury CN, Valentin T, Doudee D, Matatiken D, Ghazoul J (2011). Back from the brink: Potential for genetic rescue in a critically endangered tree. Molecular Ecology, 20(18), 3773-3784. Abstract.
Noble T, Bunbury N, Kaiser-Bunbury CN, Bell DJ (2011). Ecology and co-existence of two endemic day gecko (Phelsuma) species in Seychelles native palm forest. Journal of Zoology, 283(1), 73-80. Abstract.
Fleischer-Dogley F, Kettle CJ, Edwards PJ, Ghazoul J, Määttänen K, Kaiser-Bunbury CN (2011). Morphological and genetic differentiation in populations of the dispersal-limited coco de mer (Lodoicea maldivica): Implications for management and conservation. Diversity and Distributions, 17(2), 235-243. Abstract.
Kaiser-Bunbury CN, Valentin T, Mougal J, Matatiken D, Ghazoul J (2011). The tolerance of island plant-pollinator networks to alien plants. Journal of Ecology, 99(1), 202-213. Abstract.

2010

Kaiser-Bunbury CN, Traveset A, Hansen DM (2010). Conservation and restoration of plant-animal mutualisms on oceanic islands. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics, 12(2), 131-143. Abstract.
Finger A, Ghazoul J, Todd M, Kaiser-Bunbury C, Kettle C (2010). Development of thirteen polymorphic microsatellite markers for the seychelles endangered and endemic jellyfish tree medusagyne oppositifolia (Medusagynaceae). Conservation Genetics Resources, 2(SUPPL.1), 173-175. Abstract.
Rist L, Kaiser-Bunbury CN, Fleischer-Dogley F, Edwards P, Bunbury N, Ghazoul J (2010). Sustainable harvesting of coco de mer, Lodoicea maldivica, in the Vallée de Mai, Seychelles. Forest Ecology and Management, 260(12), 2224-2231. Abstract.
Kaiser-Bunbury CN, Muff S, Memmott J, Müller CB, Caflisch A (2010). The robustness of pollination networks to the loss of species and interactions: a quantitative approach incorporating pollinator behaviour. Ecology Letters, 13(4), 442-452. Abstract.

2009

Kaiser-Bunbury CN, Memmott J, Müller CB (2009). Community structure of pollination webs of Mauritian heathland habitats. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics, 11(4), 241-254. Abstract.
Kaiser-Bunbury CN, Müller CB (2009). Indirect interactions between invasive and native plants via pollinators. Naturwissenschaften, 96(3), 339-346. Abstract.

2008

Kaiser CN, Hansen DM, Müller CB (2008). Exotic pest insects: another perspective on coffee and conservation. Oryx, 42(01).
Hansen DM, Kaiser CN, Müller CB (2008). Seed Dispersal and Establishment of Endangered Plants on Oceanic Islands: the Janzen-Connell Model, and the Use of Ecological Analogues. PLoS ONE, 3(5), e2111-e2111.

2007

Kaiser CN, Hansen DM, Müller CB (2007). Habitat Structure Affects Reproductive Success of the Rare Endemic Tree Syzygium mamillatum (Myrtaceae) in Restored and Unrestored Sites in Mauritius. Biotropica, 40(1), 84-96.

2006

Kaiser-Bunbury CN (2006). Functional integrity of plant-pollinator communities in restored habitats in Mauritius.  Abstract.

2002

Kaiser-Bunbury CN (2002). Influence of wind and pollen gathering by bees on reproductive success of the tropical grass Brachiaria platynota K. Schum. (Poaceae: Paniceae) at Kakamega Forest Nature Reserve, Kenya.

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