Dr Christopher Kaiser-Bunbury
Senior Lecturer in Conservation & Ecology
Tremough Innovation Centre G10a
Tremough Innovation Centre, University of Exeter, Penryn, Cornwall TR10 9TA
"Quantitative bipartite pollination webs showing interactions between plants (bottom bar) and pollinators (top bar). The structure of these networks can be described with metrics, which can be used to investigate the properties of the plant-pollinator communities.
I am a community ecologist who uses island ecosystem and network theory to address urgent conservation questions. A central part of my work aims to quantify the impact of humans on mutualistic interactions and their functions. I am particularly interested in the drivers of interactions in mutualistic networks (e.g. pollination, seed dispersal), which determine biodiversity organisation and persistence. I am equally interested in quantifying detailed species interactions and identifying their role in shaping ecosystem processes. Most of my research is at the interface of empirical and theoretical ecology and applied community conservation.
Broad research specialisms:
I’m interested in the impact of humans on ecosystem functioning and I’m using a network approach to test theoretical and applied questions in an island setting.
2015: Habilitation in Ecology (TU Darmstadt, Germany)
2006: Dr sc. nat. in Environmental Sciences (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
2002: Diploma in Biology (University of Bonn, Germany)
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