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Dr Daniel Bebber

Dr Daniel Bebber

Senior Lecturer (ER) in Biosciences

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 Geoffrey Pope 323

 

Geoffrey Pope Building, University of Exeter , Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QD, UK

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.

Qualifications

MA, DPhil (Oxon)

Career

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

Research

Research interests

 

Broad research areas:

  • Forest ecology,
  • food security,
  • species distributions,
  • statistics,
  • spatial analysis,
  • biological networks.

Research projects

BananEx - Securing the future of the UK's favourite fruit: Global Food Security project funded by BBSRC, NERC, ESRC and Scottish Government, 2016-2019.

MUSA - Microbial Uptakes for Sustainable management of major bananA pests and diseases: EC Horizon 2020 project, 2017-2021

Research grants

  • 2017 Horizon 2020
    MUSA -Microbial Uptakes for Sustainable management of major bananA pests and diseases is a 4-year, €4 million international project funded by the European Commission Horizon 2020 initiative.
  • 2016 BBSRC
    The UK is highly dependent on imported fruit and vegetables that make up eighty per cent of the market, compared with half of cereals and one sixth of meat and dairy produce. Yet, fruit and vegetables are a key component of a healthy diet, often overlooked in studies of global food security that tend to focus on the major grains. Reliance on imports makes the UK vulnerable to instabilities in international production and supply, placing the issue of resilience of the UK food system firmly in a global context. This vulnerability is epitomized by the banana, the most popular fruit in the UK by consumption, and the most important fruit in the world by production. More than five billion bananas are purchased in Britain each year, and the UK accounts for seven per cent of the global export market. Though hundreds of banana varieties are grown around the world for domestic consumption, only one variety, Cavendish, is internationally traded. The previous export variety, Gros Michel, was eliminated by Panama Disease (Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense) in the 1950s, and now a new virulent strain, Tropical Race 4 (TR4), is emerging from Asia to threaten Cavendish. No alternative tradable varieties are available, and no chemical disease controls exist. If TR4 reaches Latin America and the Caribbean, supply to the US and EU will collapse, with significant impacts on the UK diet and on producers in the developing world. The vulnerability of the banana trade is an extreme case of the more general issue of imported crops that are vulnerable to emerging pests and diseases, for example citrus greening disease devastating oranges in Florida and California. Around the world efforts are underway to develop a resistant export banana variety, using both conventional breeding and genetic modification, as well as research into disease detection and alternative methods of control. However, the banana remains under-researched compared with the major crops, there has been little academic analysis of the resilience of the banana trade nor development of mitigation strategies to maintain supply or manage the impact of sudden catastrophe. In this multidisciplinary research programme, we will work with the UN FAO World Banana Forum (WBF) to collate detailed data on production levels, disease impacts, and mitigation methods. We will analyse patterns, trends and drivers of banana production, including pests, diseases, management, and climate, to provide robust models of production and how this could vary in future as diseases spread and the climate changes. We will test a new antifungal compound against TR4, to determine whether chemical control could mitigate production impacts while alternative resistant varieties remain under development. We will develop an economic model that characterizes the main features of the UK value chain, forming the basis for assessing the price transmission impacts following shocks in upstream markets and, by extension, the impact on UK consumers and the responses by UK food retailers and other market intermediaries. We will calibrate the theoretical framework and simulate the impact of projected production shocks in exporting countries on UK consumers, and derive the welfare impact for participants at each stage of the value chain. The banana market is politically sensitive, and over the past decade the price of bananas in the UK has declined, while production costs have increased, placing pressure on producers. Via the WBF, the UK charity Banana Link and the food sector consultancy 3Keel we will engage the UK retail sector and other stakeholders in rigorous key informant analysis of potential responses to vulnerabilities in the sector, impacts of prices rises on the UK consumer, feedbacks to producers, and strategies to improve resilience to production shocks. Our goal is to secure the future of the UK's favourite fruit, and provide a case study for improving the resilience of other vulnerable imported commodities.

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Bebber DP (2015). Range-expanding pests and pathogens in a warming world. Annu Rev Phytopathol, 53, 335-356. Abstract.  Author URL.
Bebber DP, Holmes T, Smith D, Gurr SJ (2014). Economic and physical determinants of the global distributions of crop pests and pathogens. New Phytologist, 202(3), 901-910. Abstract.
Bebber DP, Holmes T, Gurr SJ (2014). The global spread of crop pests and pathogens. Global Ecology and Biogeography Abstract.  Full text.
Bebber DP, Ramotowski MAT, Gurr SJ (2013). Crop pests and pathogens move poleward in a warming world. Nature Climate Change, 3, 985-988. Abstract.
Bebber DP, Carine MA, Wood JRI, Wortley AH, Harris DJ, Prance GT, Davidse G, Paige J, Pennington TD, Robson NKB, et al (2010). Herbaria are a major frontier for species discovery. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 107(51), 22169-22171. Abstract.
Bebber DP, Hynes J, Darrah PR, Boddy L, Fricker MD (2007). Biological solutions to transport network design. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 274(1623), 2307-2315. Abstract.

Publications by category


Journal articles

Lambrick FH, Brown ND, Lawrence A, Bebber DP (In Press). Effectiveness of Community Forestry in Prey Long Forest, Cambodia. Conservation Biology
Warren-Thomas EM, Edwards DP, Bebber DP, Chhang P, Diment AN, Evans TD, Lambrick FH, Maxwell JF, Nut M, O'Kelly HJ, et al (In Press). Protecting tropical forests from the rapid expansion of rubber using carbon payments. Nat Commun, 9(1). Abstract.  Author URL.
Mi X, Swenson NG, Jia Q, Rao M, Feng G, Ren H, Bebber DP, Ma K (In Press). Stochastic assembly in a subtropical forest chronosequence: evidence from contrasting changes of species, phylogenetic and functional dissimilarity over succession. Sci Rep, 6 Abstract.  Author URL.
Bebber DP, Butt N (2017). Tropical protected areas reduced deforestation carbon emissions by one third from 2000-2012. Sci Rep, 7(1). Abstract.  Author URL.
Bebber DP, Castillo ÁD, Gurr SJ (2016). Modelling coffee leaf rust risk in Colombia with climate reanalysis data. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 371(1709). Abstract.  Full text.
Murthy IK, Bhat S, Sathyanarayan V, Patgar S, Beerappa M, Bhat PR, Bhat DM, Ravindranath NH, Khalid MA, Prashant M, et al (2016). Vegetation structure and composition of tropical evergreen and deciduous forests in Uttara Kannada district, Western Ghats under different disturbance regimes. Tropical Ecology, 57(1), 77-88. Abstract.
Bebber DP, Gurr SJ (2015). Crop-destroying fungal and oomycete pathogens challenge food security. Fungal Genet Biol, 74, 62-64. Abstract.  Author URL.
Crockatt ME, Bebber DP (2015). Edge effects on moisture reduce wood decomposition rate in a temperate forest. Global Change Biology, 21(2), 698-707. Abstract.
McMahon SM, Bebber DP, Butt N, Crockatt M, Kirby K, Parker GG, Riutta T, Slade EM (2015). Ground based LiDAR demonstrates the legacy of management history to canopy structure and composition across a fragmented temperate woodland. Forest Ecology and Management, 335, 255-260. Abstract.
Bebber DP (2015). Range-expanding pests and pathogens in a warming world. Annu Rev Phytopathol, 53, 335-356. Abstract.  Author URL.
O Sullivan OS, Hopkinson L, Crockatt ME, Laird P, Bebber DP (2015). Stable forest carbon stocks support current assumption of biogenic carbon neutrality in the case of European-manufactured beverage cartons. International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment Abstract.
Falloon P, Bebber DP, Bryant J, Challinor A, Dessai S, Gurr S (2015). Using climate information to support crop breeding decisions and adaptation in agriculture. World Agriculture, 5(1), 25-42. Abstract.
Feng G, Svenning JC, Mi X, Jia Q, Rao M, Ren H, Bebber DP, Ma K (2014). Anthropogenic disturbance shapes phylogenetic and functional tree community structure in a subtropical forest. Forest Ecology and Management, 313, 188-198. Abstract.
Feng G, Svenning J-C, Mi X, Jia Q, Rao M, Ren H, Bebber DP, Ma K (2014). Anthropogenic disturbance shapes phylogenetic and functional tree community structure in a subtropical forest. Forest Ecology and Management, 313, 188-198. Abstract.
Bebber DP, Holmes T, Smith D, Gurr SJ (2014). Economic and physical determinants of the global distributions of crop pests and pathogens. New Phytologist, 202(3), 901-910. Abstract.
Lambrick FH, Brown ND, Lawrence A, Bebber DP (2014). Effectiveness of community forestry in prey long forest, Cambodia. Conservation Biology, 28(2), 372-381. Abstract.
Riutta T, Slade EM, Morecroft MD, Bebber DP, Malhi Y (2014). Living on the edge: Quantifying the structure of a fragmented forest landscape in England. Landscape Ecology, 29(6), 949-961. Abstract.
Butt N, Bebber DP, Riutta T, Crockatt M, Morecroft MD, Malhi Y (2014). Relationships between tree growth and weather extremes: Spatial and interspecific comparisons in a temperate broadleaf forest. Forest Ecology and Management, 334, 209-216. Abstract.
Butt N, Bebber DP, Riutta T, Crockatt M, Morecroft MD, Malhi Y (2014). Relationships between tree growth and weather extremes: Spatial and interspecific comparisons in a temperate broadleaf forest. Forest Ecology and Management, 334, 209-216. Abstract.
Bebber DP, Polaszek A, Wood JRI, Barker C, Scotland RW (2014). Taxonomic capacity and author inflation. New Phytol, 202(3), 741-742. Author URL.
Bebber DP, Holmes T, Gurr SJ (2014). The global spread of crop pests and pathogens. Global Ecology and Biogeography Abstract.  Full text.
Bebber DP, Wood JRI, Barker C, Scotland RW (2013). Author inflation masks global capacity for species discovery in flowering plants. New Phytologist
Bebber DP, Ramotowski MAT, Gurr SJ (2013). Crop pests and pathogens move poleward in a warming world. Nature Climate Change, 3, 985-988. Abstract.
Slade EM, Mercx T, Riutta T, Bebber DP, Readhead D, Riordan P, Macdonald DW (2013). Life-history traits and landscape characteristics predict macro-moth responses to forest fragmentation. Ecology, 94(7), 1519-1530. Abstract.
Chisholm RA, Muller-Landau HC, Abdul Rahman K, Bebber DP, Bin Y, Bohlman SA, Bourg NA, Brinks J, Bunyavejchewin S, Butt N, et al (2013). Scale-dependent relationships between tree species richness and ecosystem function in forests. Journal of Ecology, 101(5), 1214-1224. Abstract.
Bebber DP, Carine MA, Davidse G, Harris DJ, Haston EM, Penn MG, Cafferty S, Wood JRI, Scotland RW (2012). Big hitting collectors make massive and disproportionate contribution to the discovery of plant species. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 279(1736), 2269-2274. Abstract.
Riutta T, Slade EM, Bebber DP, Taylor ME, Malhi Y, Riordan P, Macdonald DW, Morecroft MD (2012). Experimental evidence for the interacting effects of forest edge, moisture and soil macrofauna on leaf litter decomposition. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 49, 124-131. Abstract.
Chandler M, Bebber DP, Castro S, Lowman MD, Muoria P, Oguge N, Rubenstein DI (2012). International citizen science: Making the local global. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 10(6), 328-331. Abstract.
Bebber DP, Watkinson SC, Boddy L, Darrah PR (2011). Simulated nitrogen deposition affects wood decomposition by cord-forming fungi. Oecologia, 167(4), 1177-1184. Abstract.
Lander TA, Bebber DP, Choy CTL, Harris SA, Boshier DH (2011). The circe principle explains how resource-rich land can waylay pollinators in fragmented landscapes. Current Biology, 21(15), 1302-1307. Abstract.
Bebber DP, Carine MA, Wood JRI, Wortley AH, Harris DJ, Prance GT, Davidse G, Paige J, Pennington TD, Robson NKB, et al (2010). Herbaria are a major frontier for species discovery. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 107(51), 22169-22171. Abstract.
Tero A, Takagi S, Saigusa T, Ito K, Bebber DP, Fricker MD, Yumiki K, Kobayashi R, Nakagaki T (2010). Rules for biologically inspired adaptive network design. Science, 327(5964), 439-442. Abstract.
Fricker MD, Boddy L, Nakagaki T, Bebber DP (2009). Adaptive biological networks. Understanding Complex Systems, 2009, 51-70. Abstract.
Boddy L, Hynes J, Bebber DP, Fricker MD (2009). Saprotrophic cord systems: Dispersal mechanisms in space and time. Mycoscience, 50(1), 9-19. Abstract.
Fricker MD, Bebber D, Boddy L (2008). Chapter 1 Mycelial networks: Structure and dynamics. British Mycological Society Symposia Series, 28(C), 3-18. Abstract.
Tlalka M, Bebber D, Darrah PR, Watkinson SC (2008). Chapter 3 Mycelial networks: Nutrient uptake, translocation and role in ecosystems. British Mycological Society Symposia Series, 28(C), 43-62. Abstract.
Fricker MD, Tlalka M, Bebber D, Takagi S, Watkinson SC, Darrah PR (2008). Corrigendum to "Fourier-based spatial mapping of oscillatory phenomena in fungi" [Fungal Genet. Biol. 44 (2007) 1077-1084] (DOI:10.1016/j.fgb.2007.02.012). Fungal Genetics and Biology, 45(4).
Fricker MD, Lee JA, Bebber DP, Tlalka M, Hynes J, Darrah PR, Watkinson SC, Boddy L (2008). Imaging complex nutrient dynamics in mycelial networks. Journal of Microscopy, 231(2), 317-331. Abstract.
Tlalka M, Bebber DP, Darrah PR, Watkinson SC, Fricker MD (2008). Quantifying dynamic resource allocation illuminates foraging strategy in Phanerochaete velutina. Fungal Genetics and Biology, 45(7), 1111-1121. Abstract.
Higuchi P, Oliveira-Filho AT, Bebber DP, Brown ND, Silva AC, Machado ELM (2008). Spatio-temporal patterns of tree community dynamics in a tropical forest fragment in South-east Brazil. Plant Ecology, 199(1), 125-135. Abstract.
Bebber DP, Hynes J, Darrah PR, Boddy L, Fricker MD (2007). Biological solutions to transport network design. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 274(1623), 2307-2315. Abstract.
Tlalka M, Bebber DP, Darrah PR, Watkinson SC, Fricker MD (2007). Emergence of self-organised oscillatory domains in fungal mycelia. Fungal Genetics and Biology, 44(11), 1085-1095. Abstract.
Bebber DP, Harris SA, Gaston KJ, Scotland RW (2007). Ethnobotany and the first printed records of British flowering plants. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 16(1), 103-108. Abstract.
Fricker MD, Tlalka M, Bebber D, Takagi S, Watkinson SC, Darrah PR (2007). Fourier-based spatial mapping of oscillatory phenomena in fungi. Fungal Genet Biol, 44(11), 1077-1084. Abstract.  Author URL.
Bebber DP, Marriott FHC, Gaston KJ, Harris SA, Scotland RW (2007). Predicting unknown species numbers using discovery curves. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 274(1618), 1651-1658. Abstract.
Mountford EP, Savill PS, Bebber DP (2006). Patterns of regeneration and ground vegetation associated with canopy gaps in a managed beechwood in southern England. Forestry, 79(4), 389-408. Abstract.
Bebber DP, Cole WG, Thomas SC, Balsillie D, Duinker P (2005). Effects of retention harvests on structure of old-growth Pinus strobus L. stands in Ontario. Forest Ecology and Management, 205(1-3), 91-103. Abstract.
Bebber DP, Thomas SC, Cole WG, Balsillie D (2004). Diameter increment in mature eastern white pine Pinus strobus L. following partial harvest of old-growth stands in Ontario, Canada. Trees - Structure and Function, 18(1), 29-34. Abstract.
Bebber DP, Brown ND, Speight MR (2004). Dipterocarp seedling population dynamics in Bornean primary lowland forest during the 1997-8 El Niño-Southern Oscillation. Journal of Tropical Ecology, 20(1), 11-19. Abstract.
Bebber DP, Thomas SC (2003). Prism sweeps for coarse woody debris. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 33(9), 1737-1743. Abstract.
Bebber DP (2002). Dipterocarp susceptibility to drought: a role for wood structure?. Journal of Tropical Forest Science, 14(3).
Bebber D, Brown N, Speight M (2002). Drought and root herbivory in understorey Parashorea Kurz (Dipterocarpaceae) seedlings in Borneo. Journal of Tropical Ecology, 18(5), 795-804. Abstract.
Bebber D, Brown N, Speight M, Moura-Costa P, Wai YS (2002). Spatial structure of light and dipterocarp seedling growth in a tropical secondary forest. Forest Ecology and Management, 157(1-3), 65-75. Abstract.
Brown N, Press M, Bebber D (1999). Growth and survivorship of dipterocarp seedlings: differences in shade persistence create a special case of dispersal limitation. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci, 354(1391), 1847-1855. Abstract.  Author URL.
Bebber D (1999). Sex is best. New Scientist, 161(2169), 51-52.
Bebber D, Koenig W (1999). Spatial autocorrelations [1] (multiple letters). Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 14(5).
Bebber D (1999). Spatial autocorrelations. Trends Ecol Evol, 14(5). Author URL.

Chapters

Fricker MD, Boddy L, Nakagaki T, Bebber DP (2009). Adaptive Biological Networks. In Gross T, Hiroki S (Eds.) Adaptive Networks: Theory, Models and Applications, Dordrecht: Springer, 51-69.
Bebber DP, Tlalka M, Hynes J, Darrah PR, Ashford A, Watkinson SC, Boddy L, Fricker MD (2007). Imaging complex nutrient dynamics in mycelial networks. In Gadd G, Watkinson SC, Dyer PS (Eds.) Fungi in the Environment, 3-21.
Tlalka M, Bebber DP, Darrah PR, Watkinson SC (2007). Mycelial networks: nutrient uptake, transport and role in ecosystems. In Boddy L, Frankland J, West PV (Eds.) Ecology of Saprotrophic Basidiomycetes, Academic Press, 43-62.
Fricker MD, Bebber DP, Boddy L (2007). Mycelial networks: structure and dynamics. In Boddy L, Frankland J, West PV (Eds.) Ecology of Saprotrophic Basidiomycetes, Academic Press, 3-18.
Watkinson S, Bebber DP, Darrah PR, Fricker MD, Tlalka M, Boddy L (2006). The role of wood decay fungi in the carbon and nitrogen dynamics of the forest floor. In Gadd GM (Ed) Fungi in Biogeochemical Cycles, 151-181.

Publications by year


In Press

Lambrick FH, Brown ND, Lawrence A, Bebber DP (In Press). Effectiveness of Community Forestry in Prey Long Forest, Cambodia. Conservation Biology
Warren-Thomas EM, Edwards DP, Bebber DP, Chhang P, Diment AN, Evans TD, Lambrick FH, Maxwell JF, Nut M, O'Kelly HJ, et al (In Press). Protecting tropical forests from the rapid expansion of rubber using carbon payments. Nat Commun, 9(1). Abstract.  Author URL.
Mi X, Swenson NG, Jia Q, Rao M, Feng G, Ren H, Bebber DP, Ma K (In Press). Stochastic assembly in a subtropical forest chronosequence: evidence from contrasting changes of species, phylogenetic and functional dissimilarity over succession. Sci Rep, 6 Abstract.  Author URL.

2017

Bebber DP, Butt N (2017). Tropical protected areas reduced deforestation carbon emissions by one third from 2000-2012. Sci Rep, 7(1). Abstract.  Author URL.

2016

Bebber DP, Castillo ÁD, Gurr SJ (2016). Modelling coffee leaf rust risk in Colombia with climate reanalysis data. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 371(1709). Abstract.  Full text.
Murthy IK, Bhat S, Sathyanarayan V, Patgar S, Beerappa M, Bhat PR, Bhat DM, Ravindranath NH, Khalid MA, Prashant M, et al (2016). Vegetation structure and composition of tropical evergreen and deciduous forests in Uttara Kannada district, Western Ghats under different disturbance regimes. Tropical Ecology, 57(1), 77-88. Abstract.

2015

Bebber DP, Gurr SJ (2015). Crop-destroying fungal and oomycete pathogens challenge food security. Fungal Genet Biol, 74, 62-64. Abstract.  Author URL.
Crockatt ME, Bebber DP (2015). Edge effects on moisture reduce wood decomposition rate in a temperate forest. Global Change Biology, 21(2), 698-707. Abstract.
McMahon SM, Bebber DP, Butt N, Crockatt M, Kirby K, Parker GG, Riutta T, Slade EM (2015). Ground based LiDAR demonstrates the legacy of management history to canopy structure and composition across a fragmented temperate woodland. Forest Ecology and Management, 335, 255-260. Abstract.
Bebber DP (2015). Range-expanding pests and pathogens in a warming world. Annu Rev Phytopathol, 53, 335-356. Abstract.  Author URL.
O Sullivan OS, Hopkinson L, Crockatt ME, Laird P, Bebber DP (2015). Stable forest carbon stocks support current assumption of biogenic carbon neutrality in the case of European-manufactured beverage cartons. International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment Abstract.
Falloon P, Bebber DP, Bryant J, Challinor A, Dessai S, Gurr S (2015). Using climate information to support crop breeding decisions and adaptation in agriculture. World Agriculture, 5(1), 25-42. Abstract.

2014

Feng G, Svenning JC, Mi X, Jia Q, Rao M, Ren H, Bebber DP, Ma K (2014). Anthropogenic disturbance shapes phylogenetic and functional tree community structure in a subtropical forest. Forest Ecology and Management, 313, 188-198. Abstract.
Feng G, Svenning J-C, Mi X, Jia Q, Rao M, Ren H, Bebber DP, Ma K (2014). Anthropogenic disturbance shapes phylogenetic and functional tree community structure in a subtropical forest. Forest Ecology and Management, 313, 188-198. Abstract.
Bebber DP, Holmes T, Smith D, Gurr SJ (2014). Economic and physical determinants of the global distributions of crop pests and pathogens. New Phytologist, 202(3), 901-910. Abstract.
Lambrick FH, Brown ND, Lawrence A, Bebber DP (2014). Effectiveness of community forestry in prey long forest, Cambodia. Conservation Biology, 28(2), 372-381. Abstract.
Riutta T, Slade EM, Morecroft MD, Bebber DP, Malhi Y (2014). Living on the edge: Quantifying the structure of a fragmented forest landscape in England. Landscape Ecology, 29(6), 949-961. Abstract.
Butt N, Bebber DP, Riutta T, Crockatt M, Morecroft MD, Malhi Y (2014). Relationships between tree growth and weather extremes: Spatial and interspecific comparisons in a temperate broadleaf forest. Forest Ecology and Management, 334, 209-216. Abstract.
Butt N, Bebber DP, Riutta T, Crockatt M, Morecroft MD, Malhi Y (2014). Relationships between tree growth and weather extremes: Spatial and interspecific comparisons in a temperate broadleaf forest. Forest Ecology and Management, 334, 209-216. Abstract.
Bebber DP, Polaszek A, Wood JRI, Barker C, Scotland RW (2014). Taxonomic capacity and author inflation. New Phytol, 202(3), 741-742. Author URL.
Bebber DP, Holmes T, Gurr SJ (2014). The global spread of crop pests and pathogens. Global Ecology and Biogeography Abstract.  Full text.

2013

Bebber DP, Wood JRI, Barker C, Scotland RW (2013). Author inflation masks global capacity for species discovery in flowering plants. New Phytologist
Bebber DP, Ramotowski MAT, Gurr SJ (2013). Crop pests and pathogens move poleward in a warming world. Nature Climate Change, 3, 985-988. Abstract.
Slade EM, Mercx T, Riutta T, Bebber DP, Readhead D, Riordan P, Macdonald DW (2013). Life-history traits and landscape characteristics predict macro-moth responses to forest fragmentation. Ecology, 94(7), 1519-1530. Abstract.
Chisholm RA, Muller-Landau HC, Abdul Rahman K, Bebber DP, Bin Y, Bohlman SA, Bourg NA, Brinks J, Bunyavejchewin S, Butt N, et al (2013). Scale-dependent relationships between tree species richness and ecosystem function in forests. Journal of Ecology, 101(5), 1214-1224. Abstract.

2012

Bebber DP, Carine MA, Davidse G, Harris DJ, Haston EM, Penn MG, Cafferty S, Wood JRI, Scotland RW (2012). Big hitting collectors make massive and disproportionate contribution to the discovery of plant species. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 279(1736), 2269-2274. Abstract.
Riutta T, Slade EM, Bebber DP, Taylor ME, Malhi Y, Riordan P, Macdonald DW, Morecroft MD (2012). Experimental evidence for the interacting effects of forest edge, moisture and soil macrofauna on leaf litter decomposition. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 49, 124-131. Abstract.
Chandler M, Bebber DP, Castro S, Lowman MD, Muoria P, Oguge N, Rubenstein DI (2012). International citizen science: Making the local global. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 10(6), 328-331. Abstract.

2011

Bebber DP, Watkinson SC, Boddy L, Darrah PR (2011). Simulated nitrogen deposition affects wood decomposition by cord-forming fungi. Oecologia, 167(4), 1177-1184. Abstract.
Lander TA, Bebber DP, Choy CTL, Harris SA, Boshier DH (2011). The circe principle explains how resource-rich land can waylay pollinators in fragmented landscapes. Current Biology, 21(15), 1302-1307. Abstract.

2010

Bebber DP, Carine MA, Wood JRI, Wortley AH, Harris DJ, Prance GT, Davidse G, Paige J, Pennington TD, Robson NKB, et al (2010). Herbaria are a major frontier for species discovery. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 107(51), 22169-22171. Abstract.
Tero A, Takagi S, Saigusa T, Ito K, Bebber DP, Fricker MD, Yumiki K, Kobayashi R, Nakagaki T (2010). Rules for biologically inspired adaptive network design. Science, 327(5964), 439-442. Abstract.

2009

Fricker MD, Boddy L, Nakagaki T, Bebber DP (2009). Adaptive Biological Networks. In Gross T, Hiroki S (Eds.) Adaptive Networks: Theory, Models and Applications, Dordrecht: Springer, 51-69.
Fricker MD, Boddy L, Nakagaki T, Bebber DP (2009). Adaptive biological networks. Understanding Complex Systems, 2009, 51-70. Abstract.
Boddy L, Hynes J, Bebber DP, Fricker MD (2009). Saprotrophic cord systems: Dispersal mechanisms in space and time. Mycoscience, 50(1), 9-19. Abstract.

2008

Fricker MD, Bebber D, Boddy L (2008). Chapter 1 Mycelial networks: Structure and dynamics. British Mycological Society Symposia Series, 28(C), 3-18. Abstract.
Tlalka M, Bebber D, Darrah PR, Watkinson SC (2008). Chapter 3 Mycelial networks: Nutrient uptake, translocation and role in ecosystems. British Mycological Society Symposia Series, 28(C), 43-62. Abstract.
Fricker MD, Tlalka M, Bebber D, Takagi S, Watkinson SC, Darrah PR (2008). Corrigendum to "Fourier-based spatial mapping of oscillatory phenomena in fungi" [Fungal Genet. Biol. 44 (2007) 1077-1084] (DOI:10.1016/j.fgb.2007.02.012). Fungal Genetics and Biology, 45(4).
Fricker MD, Lee JA, Bebber DP, Tlalka M, Hynes J, Darrah PR, Watkinson SC, Boddy L (2008). Imaging complex nutrient dynamics in mycelial networks. Journal of Microscopy, 231(2), 317-331. Abstract.
Tlalka M, Bebber DP, Darrah PR, Watkinson SC, Fricker MD (2008). Quantifying dynamic resource allocation illuminates foraging strategy in Phanerochaete velutina. Fungal Genetics and Biology, 45(7), 1111-1121. Abstract.
Higuchi P, Oliveira-Filho AT, Bebber DP, Brown ND, Silva AC, Machado ELM (2008). Spatio-temporal patterns of tree community dynamics in a tropical forest fragment in South-east Brazil. Plant Ecology, 199(1), 125-135. Abstract.

2007

Bebber DP, Hynes J, Darrah PR, Boddy L, Fricker MD (2007). Biological solutions to transport network design. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 274(1623), 2307-2315. Abstract.
Tlalka M, Bebber DP, Darrah PR, Watkinson SC, Fricker MD (2007). Emergence of self-organised oscillatory domains in fungal mycelia. Fungal Genetics and Biology, 44(11), 1085-1095. Abstract.
Bebber DP, Harris SA, Gaston KJ, Scotland RW (2007). Ethnobotany and the first printed records of British flowering plants. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 16(1), 103-108. Abstract.
Fricker MD, Tlalka M, Bebber D, Takagi S, Watkinson SC, Darrah PR (2007). Fourier-based spatial mapping of oscillatory phenomena in fungi. Fungal Genet Biol, 44(11), 1077-1084. Abstract.  Author URL.
Bebber DP, Tlalka M, Hynes J, Darrah PR, Ashford A, Watkinson SC, Boddy L, Fricker MD (2007). Imaging complex nutrient dynamics in mycelial networks. In Gadd G, Watkinson SC, Dyer PS (Eds.) Fungi in the Environment, 3-21.
Tlalka M, Bebber DP, Darrah PR, Watkinson SC (2007). Mycelial networks: nutrient uptake, transport and role in ecosystems. In Boddy L, Frankland J, West PV (Eds.) Ecology of Saprotrophic Basidiomycetes, Academic Press, 43-62.
Fricker MD, Bebber DP, Boddy L (2007). Mycelial networks: structure and dynamics. In Boddy L, Frankland J, West PV (Eds.) Ecology of Saprotrophic Basidiomycetes, Academic Press, 3-18.
Bebber DP, Marriott FHC, Gaston KJ, Harris SA, Scotland RW (2007). Predicting unknown species numbers using discovery curves. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 274(1618), 1651-1658. Abstract.

2006

Mountford EP, Savill PS, Bebber DP (2006). Patterns of regeneration and ground vegetation associated with canopy gaps in a managed beechwood in southern England. Forestry, 79(4), 389-408. Abstract.
Watkinson S, Bebber DP, Darrah PR, Fricker MD, Tlalka M, Boddy L (2006). The role of wood decay fungi in the carbon and nitrogen dynamics of the forest floor. In Gadd GM (Ed) Fungi in Biogeochemical Cycles, 151-181.

2005

Bebber DP, Cole WG, Thomas SC, Balsillie D, Duinker P (2005). Effects of retention harvests on structure of old-growth Pinus strobus L. stands in Ontario. Forest Ecology and Management, 205(1-3), 91-103. Abstract.

2004

Bebber DP, Thomas SC, Cole WG, Balsillie D (2004). Diameter increment in mature eastern white pine Pinus strobus L. following partial harvest of old-growth stands in Ontario, Canada. Trees - Structure and Function, 18(1), 29-34. Abstract.
Bebber DP, Brown ND, Speight MR (2004). Dipterocarp seedling population dynamics in Bornean primary lowland forest during the 1997-8 El Niño-Southern Oscillation. Journal of Tropical Ecology, 20(1), 11-19. Abstract.

2003

Bebber DP, Thomas SC (2003). Prism sweeps for coarse woody debris. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 33(9), 1737-1743. Abstract.

2002

Bebber DP (2002). Dipterocarp susceptibility to drought: a role for wood structure?. Journal of Tropical Forest Science, 14(3).
Bebber D, Brown N, Speight M (2002). Drought and root herbivory in understorey Parashorea Kurz (Dipterocarpaceae) seedlings in Borneo. Journal of Tropical Ecology, 18(5), 795-804. Abstract.
Bebber D, Brown N, Speight M, Moura-Costa P, Wai YS (2002). Spatial structure of light and dipterocarp seedling growth in a tropical secondary forest. Forest Ecology and Management, 157(1-3), 65-75. Abstract.

1999

Brown N, Press M, Bebber D (1999). Growth and survivorship of dipterocarp seedlings: differences in shade persistence create a special case of dispersal limitation. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci, 354(1391), 1847-1855. Abstract.  Author URL.
Bebber D (1999). Sex is best. New Scientist, 161(2169), 51-52.
Bebber D, Koenig W (1999). Spatial autocorrelations [1] (multiple letters). Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 14(5).
Bebber D (1999). Spatial autocorrelations. Trends Ecol Evol, 14(5). Author URL.

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