As an entomologist specialising in community ecology, I am interested in the patterns and processes structuring natural and modified ecosystems. My work combines theoretical ecology with experiments to understand how the evolutionary relationships of tropical arthropods influence their ecological interactions. My field sites are in Danum Valley, an area of pristine tropical rainforest in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo, and in the neighbouring oil palm plantations. My ultimate goal is to develop theoretical frameworks that can be used to conserve tropical biodiversity by informing sustainable management practices.
I am a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, the Royal Society of Biology, the Cambridge Philosophical Society, and the Higher Education Academy.