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Dr Benno Simmons

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University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Penryn, TR10 9FE

Overview

I’m an ecologist who studies complex ecological networks and develops new tools to do so. My research spans three main areas: understanding the responses of ecological networks to environmental and anthropogenic pressures; disentangling the determinants of network structure; and developing cutting-edge tools for ecological network analysis.

Currently, I’m a Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Research Fellow, working with Christopher Kaiser-Bunbury on the effects of invasive species on plant-pollinator networks. Previously, I was a postdoc at the University of Sheffield, working with Andrew Beckerman to understand the effects of multiple simultaneous stressors on food webs, and a PhD student at the University of Cambridge, working with William Sutherland and Lynn Dicks on the structure and stability of mutualistic networks.

Full details of my publications can be found on my personal website or Google Scholar.

Qualifications

  • PhD Zoology, University of Cambridge
  • MRes Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Research, Imperial College London
  • BA (Hons) Geography, University of Oxford

Career

  • 2020 - present:  1851 Research Fellow, University of Exeter
  • June 2019 - December 2019:  Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Sheffield
  • 2015-2019:  PhD Student, University of Cambridge

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Publications by category


Journal articles

Simmons BI, Vizentin-Bugoni J, Maruyama PK, Cotton PA, Marín-Gómez OH, Lara C, Rosero-Lasprilla L, Maglianesi MA, Ortiz-Pulido R, Rocca MA, et al (In Press). Abundance drives broad patterns of generalisation in plant-hummingbird pollination networks.  Abstract.
Simmons BI, Beckerman AP, Hansen K, Maruyama PK, Televantos C, Vizentin-Bugoni J, Dalsgaard B (In Press). Niche and neutral processes leave distinct structural imprints on indirect interactions in mutualistic networks.  Abstract.
Christie AP, Amano T, Martin PA, Petrovan SO, Shackelford GE, Simmons BI, Smith RK, Williams DR, Wordley CFR, Sutherland WJ, et al (In Press). Poor availability of context-specific evidence hampers decision-making in conservation.  Abstract.
Christie AP, Amano T, Martin PA, Petrovan SO, Shackelford GE, Simmons B, Smith RK, Williams DR, Wordley CFR, Sutherland WJ, et al (In Press). Poor availability of context-specific evidence hampers decision-making in conservation. Biological Conservation Full text.
Wauchope HS, Jones JPG, Amano T, Geldmann J, Blanco D, Fuller RA, Langendoen T, Mundkur T, Simmons BI, Nagy S, et al (In Press). Quantifying the impact of protected areas on near-global waterbird population trends, a pre-analysis plan.  Abstract.
Wauchope HS, Jones JPG, Amano T, Geldmann J, Blanco D, Fuller RA, Langendoen T, Mundkur T, Simmons BI, Nagy S, et al (In Press). Quantifying the impact of protected areas on near-global waterbird population trends, a pre-analysis plan.  Abstract.
Amano T, Martin PA, Shackelford GE, Simmons BI, Sutherland WJ (In Press). Simple study designs in ecology produce inaccurate estimates of biodiversity responses.  Abstract.
Christie AP, Amano T, Martin PA, Petrovan SO, Shackelford GE, Simmons BI, Smith RK, Williams DR, Wordley CFR, Sutherland WJ, et al (In Press). The challenge of biased evidence in conservation. Conservation Biology Full text.
Christie AP, Amano T, Martin PA, Petrovan SO, Shackelford GE, Simmons BI, Smith RK, Williams DR, Wordley CFR, Sutherland WJ, et al (In Press). The challenge of heterogeneous evidence in conservation.  Abstract.
Simmons BI, Cirtwill AR, Baker NJ, Dicks LV, Stouffer DB, Sutherland WJ (In Press). Uncovering indirect interactions in bipartite ecological networks.  Abstract.
Simmons BI, Wauchope HS, Amano T, Dicks LV, Sutherland WJ, Dakos V (In Press). Vulnerable species interactions are important for the stability of mutualistic networks.  Abstract.
Simmons BI, Sweering MJM, Schillinger M, Dicks LV, Sutherland WJ, Clemente RD (In Press). bmotif: a package for motif analyses of bipartite networks.  Abstract.
Hoeppke C, Simmons BI (In Press). maxnodf: an R package for fair and fast comparisons of nestedness between networks.  Abstract.
Sonne J, Vizentin-Bugoni J, Maruyama PK, Araujo AC, Chávez-González E, Coelho AG, Cotton PA, Marín-Gómez OH, Lara C, Lasprilla LR, et al (2020). Ecological mechanisms explaining interactions within plant-hummingbird networks: Morphological matching increases towards lower latitudes. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 287(1922). Abstract.  Full text.
Simmons BI, Wauchope HS, Amano T, Dicks LV, Sutherland WJ, Dakos V (2020). Estimating the risk of species interaction loss in mutualistic communities. PLOS Biology, 18(8), e3000843-e3000843. Full text.
Geldmann J, Alves-Pinto H, Amano T, Bartlett H, Christie AP, Collas L, Cooke SC, Correa R, Cripps I, Doherty A, et al (2020). Insights from two decades of the Student Conference on Conservation Science. Biological Conservation, 243 Abstract.  Full text.
Hansen K, Sritongchuay T, Bumrungsri S, Simmons BI, Strange N, Dalsgaard B (2020). Landscape-Level Effects of Forest on Pollinators and Fruit Set of Guava (Psidium guajava L.) in Orchards across Southern Thailand. Diversity, 12(6), 259-259. Abstract.
Rose DC, Mukherjee N, Simmons BI, Tew ER, Robertson RJ, Vadrot ABM, Doubleday R, Sutherland WJ (2020). Policy windows for the environment: Tips for improving the uptake of scientific knowledge. Environmental Science and Policy, 113, 47-54. Abstract.
Simmons BI, Vizentin-Bugoni J, Maruyama PK, Cotton PA, Marín-Gómez OH, Lara C, Rosero-Lasprilla L, Maglianesi MA, Ortiz-Pulido R, Rocca MA, et al (2019). Abundance drives broad patterns of generalisation in plant–hummingbird pollination networks. Oikos, 128(9), 1287-1295. Abstract.
Balmford A, Amano T, Bartlett H, Chadwick D, Collins A, Edwards D, Field R, Garnsworthy P, Green R, Smith P, et al (2019). Author Correction: the environmental costs and benefits of high-yield farming (Nature Sustainability, (2018), 1, 9, (477-485), 10.1038/s41893-018-0138-5). Nature Sustainability, 2(4), 339-341. Abstract.
Simmons BI, Hoeppke C, Sutherland WJ (2019). Beware greedy algorithms. Journal of Animal Ecology, 88(5), 804-807.
Rose DC, Amano T, González-Varo JP, Mukherjee N, Robertson RJ, Simmons BI, Wauchope HS, Sutherland WJ (2019). Calling for a new agenda for conservation science to create evidence-informed policy. Biological Conservation, 238 Abstract.
Dalsgaard B, Kennedy JD, Simmons BI, Baquero AC, González AMM, Timmermann A, Maruyama PK, McGuire JA, Ollerton J, Sutherland WJ, et al (2019). Correction: Trait evolution, resource specialization and vulnerability to plant extinctions among Antillean hummingbirds (Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (2018) 285 (20172754) DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2017.2754). Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 286(1916). Abstract.
Poisot T, LaBrie R, Larson E, Rahlin A, Simmons BI (2019). Data-based, synthesis-driven: Setting the agenda for computational ecology. Ideas in Ecology and Evolution, 12 Abstract.
Tew ER, Simmons BI, Sutherland WJ (2019). Quantifying cultural ecosystem services: Disentangling the effects of management from landscape features. People and Nature, 1(1), 70-86.
Christie AP, Amano T, Martin PA, Shackelford GE, Simmons BI, Sutherland WJ (2019). Simple study designs in ecology produce inaccurate estimates of biodiversity responses. Journal of Applied Ecology, 56(12), 2742-2754.
Simmons BI, Balmford A, Bladon AJ, Christie AP, De Palma A, Dicks LV, Gallego‐Zamorano J, Johnston A, Martin PA, Purvis A, et al (2019). Worldwide insect declines: an important message, but interpret with caution. Ecology and Evolution, 9(7), 3678-3680.
Simmons BI, Sweering MJM, Schillinger M, Dicks LV, Sutherland WJ, Di Clemente R (2019). bmotif. : a package for motif analyses of bipartite networks. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 10(5), 695-701. Full text.
Ratto F, Simmons BI, Spake R, Zamora-Gutierrez V, MacDonald MA, Merriman JC, Tremlett CJ, Poppy GM, Peh KS-H, Dicks LV, et al (2018). Global importance of vertebrate pollinators for plant reproductive success: a meta-analysis. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 16(2), 82-90.
Simmons BI, Cirtwill AR, Baker NJ, Wauchope HS, Dicks LV, Stouffer DB, Sutherland WJ (2018). Motifs in bipartite ecological networks: uncovering indirect interactions. Oikos, 128(2), 154-170.
Simmons BI, Sutherland WJ, Dicks LV, Albrecht J, Farwig N, García D, Jordano P, González-Varo JP (2018). Moving from frugivory to seed dispersal: Incorporating the functional outcomes of interactions in plant-frugivore networks. Journal of Animal Ecology, 87(4), 995-1007.
Jucker T, Wintle B, Shackelford G, Bocquillon P, Geffert JL, Kasoar T, Kovacs E, Mumby HS, Orland C, Schleicher J, et al (2018). Ten-year assessment of the 100 priority questions for global biodiversity conservation. Conserv Biol, 32(6), 1457-1463. Abstract.  Author URL.
Balmford A, Amano T, Bartlett H, Chadwick D, Collins A, Edwards D, Field R, Garnsworthy P, Green R, Smith P, et al (2018). The environmental costs and benefits of high-yield farming. Nature Sustainability, 1(9), 477-485.
Rose DC, Sutherland WJ, Amano T, González-Varo JP, Robertson RJ, Simmons BI, Wauchope HS, Kovacs E, Durán AP, Vadrot ABM, et al (2018). The major barriers to evidence-informed conservation policy and possible solutions. Conservation Letters, 11(5). Abstract.
Dalsgaard B, Kennedy JD, Simmons BI, Baquero AC, Martín González AM, Timmermann A, Maruyama PK, McGuire JA, Ollerton J, Sutherland WJ, et al (2018). Trait evolution, resource specialization and vulnerability to plant extinctions among antillean hummingbirds. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 285(1875). Abstract.
Hudson LN, Newbold T, Contu S, Hill SLL, Lysenko I, De Palma A, Phillips HRP, Alhusseini TI, Bedford FE, Bennett DJ, et al (2017). The database of the PREDICTS (Projecting Responses of Ecological Diversity in Changing Terrestrial Systems) project. Ecol Evol, 7(1), 145-188. Abstract.  Author URL.
Gray CL, Simmons BI, Fayle TM, Mann DJ, Slade EM (2016). Are riparian forest reserves sources of invertebrate biodiversity spillover and associated ecosystem functions in oil palm landscapes?. Biological Conservation, 194, 176-183.
Newbold T, Hudson LN, Arnell AP, Contu S, De Palma A, Ferrier S, Hill SLL, Hoskins AJ, Lysenko I, Phillips HRP, et al (2016). Has land use pushed terrestrial biodiversity beyond the planetary boundary? a global assessment. Science, 353(6296), 288-291.

Publications by year


In Press

Simmons BI, Vizentin-Bugoni J, Maruyama PK, Cotton PA, Marín-Gómez OH, Lara C, Rosero-Lasprilla L, Maglianesi MA, Ortiz-Pulido R, Rocca MA, et al (In Press). Abundance drives broad patterns of generalisation in plant-hummingbird pollination networks.  Abstract.
Simmons BI, Beckerman AP, Hansen K, Maruyama PK, Televantos C, Vizentin-Bugoni J, Dalsgaard B (In Press). Niche and neutral processes leave distinct structural imprints on indirect interactions in mutualistic networks.  Abstract.
Christie AP, Amano T, Martin PA, Petrovan SO, Shackelford GE, Simmons BI, Smith RK, Williams DR, Wordley CFR, Sutherland WJ, et al (In Press). Poor availability of context-specific evidence hampers decision-making in conservation.  Abstract.
Christie AP, Amano T, Martin PA, Petrovan SO, Shackelford GE, Simmons B, Smith RK, Williams DR, Wordley CFR, Sutherland WJ, et al (In Press). Poor availability of context-specific evidence hampers decision-making in conservation. Biological Conservation Full text.
Wauchope HS, Jones JPG, Amano T, Geldmann J, Blanco D, Fuller RA, Langendoen T, Mundkur T, Simmons BI, Nagy S, et al (In Press). Quantifying the impact of protected areas on near-global waterbird population trends, a pre-analysis plan.  Abstract.
Wauchope HS, Jones JPG, Amano T, Geldmann J, Blanco D, Fuller RA, Langendoen T, Mundkur T, Simmons BI, Nagy S, et al (In Press). Quantifying the impact of protected areas on near-global waterbird population trends, a pre-analysis plan.  Abstract.
Amano T, Martin PA, Shackelford GE, Simmons BI, Sutherland WJ (In Press). Simple study designs in ecology produce inaccurate estimates of biodiversity responses.  Abstract.
Christie AP, Amano T, Martin PA, Petrovan SO, Shackelford GE, Simmons BI, Smith RK, Williams DR, Wordley CFR, Sutherland WJ, et al (In Press). The challenge of biased evidence in conservation. Conservation Biology Full text.
Christie AP, Amano T, Martin PA, Petrovan SO, Shackelford GE, Simmons BI, Smith RK, Williams DR, Wordley CFR, Sutherland WJ, et al (In Press). The challenge of heterogeneous evidence in conservation.  Abstract.
Simmons BI, Cirtwill AR, Baker NJ, Dicks LV, Stouffer DB, Sutherland WJ (In Press). Uncovering indirect interactions in bipartite ecological networks.  Abstract.
Simmons BI, Wauchope HS, Amano T, Dicks LV, Sutherland WJ, Dakos V (In Press). Vulnerable species interactions are important for the stability of mutualistic networks.  Abstract.
Simmons BI, Sweering MJM, Schillinger M, Dicks LV, Sutherland WJ, Clemente RD (In Press). bmotif: a package for motif analyses of bipartite networks.  Abstract.
Hoeppke C, Simmons BI (In Press). maxnodf: an R package for fair and fast comparisons of nestedness between networks.  Abstract.

2020

Sonne J, Vizentin-Bugoni J, Maruyama PK, Araujo AC, Chávez-González E, Coelho AG, Cotton PA, Marín-Gómez OH, Lara C, Lasprilla LR, et al (2020). Ecological mechanisms explaining interactions within plant-hummingbird networks: Morphological matching increases towards lower latitudes. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 287(1922). Abstract.  Full text.
Simmons BI, Wauchope HS, Amano T, Dicks LV, Sutherland WJ, Dakos V (2020). Estimating the risk of species interaction loss in mutualistic communities. PLOS Biology, 18(8), e3000843-e3000843. Full text.
Geldmann J, Alves-Pinto H, Amano T, Bartlett H, Christie AP, Collas L, Cooke SC, Correa R, Cripps I, Doherty A, et al (2020). Insights from two decades of the Student Conference on Conservation Science. Biological Conservation, 243 Abstract.  Full text.
Hansen K, Sritongchuay T, Bumrungsri S, Simmons BI, Strange N, Dalsgaard B (2020). Landscape-Level Effects of Forest on Pollinators and Fruit Set of Guava (Psidium guajava L.) in Orchards across Southern Thailand. Diversity, 12(6), 259-259. Abstract.
Rose DC, Mukherjee N, Simmons BI, Tew ER, Robertson RJ, Vadrot ABM, Doubleday R, Sutherland WJ (2020). Policy windows for the environment: Tips for improving the uptake of scientific knowledge. Environmental Science and Policy, 113, 47-54. Abstract.

2019

Simmons BI, Vizentin-Bugoni J, Maruyama PK, Cotton PA, Marín-Gómez OH, Lara C, Rosero-Lasprilla L, Maglianesi MA, Ortiz-Pulido R, Rocca MA, et al (2019). Abundance drives broad patterns of generalisation in plant–hummingbird pollination networks. Oikos, 128(9), 1287-1295. Abstract.
Balmford A, Amano T, Bartlett H, Chadwick D, Collins A, Edwards D, Field R, Garnsworthy P, Green R, Smith P, et al (2019). Author Correction: the environmental costs and benefits of high-yield farming (Nature Sustainability, (2018), 1, 9, (477-485), 10.1038/s41893-018-0138-5). Nature Sustainability, 2(4), 339-341. Abstract.
Simmons BI, Hoeppke C, Sutherland WJ (2019). Beware greedy algorithms. Journal of Animal Ecology, 88(5), 804-807.
Rose DC, Amano T, González-Varo JP, Mukherjee N, Robertson RJ, Simmons BI, Wauchope HS, Sutherland WJ (2019). Calling for a new agenda for conservation science to create evidence-informed policy. Biological Conservation, 238 Abstract.
Dalsgaard B, Kennedy JD, Simmons BI, Baquero AC, González AMM, Timmermann A, Maruyama PK, McGuire JA, Ollerton J, Sutherland WJ, et al (2019). Correction: Trait evolution, resource specialization and vulnerability to plant extinctions among Antillean hummingbirds (Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (2018) 285 (20172754) DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2017.2754). Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 286(1916). Abstract.
Poisot T, LaBrie R, Larson E, Rahlin A, Simmons BI (2019). Data-based, synthesis-driven: Setting the agenda for computational ecology. Ideas in Ecology and Evolution, 12 Abstract.
Tew ER, Simmons BI, Sutherland WJ (2019). Quantifying cultural ecosystem services: Disentangling the effects of management from landscape features. People and Nature, 1(1), 70-86.
Christie AP, Amano T, Martin PA, Shackelford GE, Simmons BI, Sutherland WJ (2019). Simple study designs in ecology produce inaccurate estimates of biodiversity responses. Journal of Applied Ecology, 56(12), 2742-2754.
Simmons BI, Balmford A, Bladon AJ, Christie AP, De Palma A, Dicks LV, Gallego‐Zamorano J, Johnston A, Martin PA, Purvis A, et al (2019). Worldwide insect declines: an important message, but interpret with caution. Ecology and Evolution, 9(7), 3678-3680.
Simmons BI, Sweering MJM, Schillinger M, Dicks LV, Sutherland WJ, Di Clemente R (2019). bmotif. : a package for motif analyses of bipartite networks. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 10(5), 695-701. Full text.

2018

Ratto F, Simmons BI, Spake R, Zamora-Gutierrez V, MacDonald MA, Merriman JC, Tremlett CJ, Poppy GM, Peh KS-H, Dicks LV, et al (2018). Global importance of vertebrate pollinators for plant reproductive success: a meta-analysis. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 16(2), 82-90.
Simmons BI, Cirtwill AR, Baker NJ, Wauchope HS, Dicks LV, Stouffer DB, Sutherland WJ (2018). Motifs in bipartite ecological networks: uncovering indirect interactions. Oikos, 128(2), 154-170.
Simmons BI, Sutherland WJ, Dicks LV, Albrecht J, Farwig N, García D, Jordano P, González-Varo JP (2018). Moving from frugivory to seed dispersal: Incorporating the functional outcomes of interactions in plant-frugivore networks. Journal of Animal Ecology, 87(4), 995-1007.
Jucker T, Wintle B, Shackelford G, Bocquillon P, Geffert JL, Kasoar T, Kovacs E, Mumby HS, Orland C, Schleicher J, et al (2018). Ten-year assessment of the 100 priority questions for global biodiversity conservation. Conserv Biol, 32(6), 1457-1463. Abstract.  Author URL.
Balmford A, Amano T, Bartlett H, Chadwick D, Collins A, Edwards D, Field R, Garnsworthy P, Green R, Smith P, et al (2018). The environmental costs and benefits of high-yield farming. Nature Sustainability, 1(9), 477-485.
Rose DC, Sutherland WJ, Amano T, González-Varo JP, Robertson RJ, Simmons BI, Wauchope HS, Kovacs E, Durán AP, Vadrot ABM, et al (2018). The major barriers to evidence-informed conservation policy and possible solutions. Conservation Letters, 11(5). Abstract.
Dalsgaard B, Kennedy JD, Simmons BI, Baquero AC, Martín González AM, Timmermann A, Maruyama PK, McGuire JA, Ollerton J, Sutherland WJ, et al (2018). Trait evolution, resource specialization and vulnerability to plant extinctions among antillean hummingbirds. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 285(1875). Abstract.

2017

Hudson LN, Newbold T, Contu S, Hill SLL, Lysenko I, De Palma A, Phillips HRP, Alhusseini TI, Bedford FE, Bennett DJ, et al (2017). The database of the PREDICTS (Projecting Responses of Ecological Diversity in Changing Terrestrial Systems) project. Ecol Evol, 7(1), 145-188. Abstract.  Author URL.

2016

Gray CL, Simmons BI, Fayle TM, Mann DJ, Slade EM (2016). Are riparian forest reserves sources of invertebrate biodiversity spillover and associated ecosystem functions in oil palm landscapes?. Biological Conservation, 194, 176-183.
Newbold T, Hudson LN, Arnell AP, Contu S, De Palma A, Ferrier S, Hill SLL, Hoskins AJ, Lysenko I, Phillips HRP, et al (2016). Has land use pushed terrestrial biodiversity beyond the planetary boundary? a global assessment. Science, 353(6296), 288-291.

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