Dr Dan Bebber
Senior Lecturer (ER) in Biosciences


I joined Exeter in 2013, studying the global distributions of crop pests and pathogens in collaboration with Prof. Sarah Gurr and the organization CABI. Before this he was Head of Climate Change Research at Earthwatch, based in Oxford. At Earthwatch I managed research at five field centres, in the UK, USA, Brazil, China and India, where the relationship between forest management and climate change was being investigated as part of the HSBC Climate Partnership. During my doctorate I studied the influence of El Nino-related droughts on forest regeneration in Borneo, and I have research experience in reduced-impact silviculture in Canada, sustainable harvesting of medicinal plants in India and Nepal, and the biology of woodland fungi in the UK.

I am particularly interested in abiotic and biotic threats to tropical crops, as these receive far less research attention than major grains like rice, wheat and maize, but form an important component of the diets and economies of less-developed countries. I am currently focussing on bananas and coffee.

Broad research specialisms:

  • forest ecology
  • food security
  • species distributions
  • statistics
  • spatial analysis
  • biological networks

More information is available on my personal website.


MA, DPhil (Oxon)


2000-2001: Researcher, Faculty of Forestry, University of Toronto

2002-2006: Researcher, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford

2007-2012: Head of Climate Change Research, Earthwatch, Oxford

2013-2015: Senior Research Fellow, Department of Biosciences, University of Exeter

2016-   : Senior Lecturer in Microbial Ecology, Department of Biosciences, University of Exeter

Contact details

Internal tel5851
Tel+44 (0) 1392 725851
AddressGeoffrey Pope Building
University of Exeter
Stocker Road

Back | Top of page | Edit Profile | Refresh page