I am a spatial ecologist broadly interested in understanding how human-induced land use changes affect ecosystem services and biodiversity. I am particularly interested in quantifying the often complex interactions between biodiversity, society and ecosystem services, and at identifying the spatial and temporal scales at which tradeoffs and interactions occur. In my research I use GIS and statistical techniques to take advantage of existing environmental and biological datasets, and increasingly collaborate with specialists from other fields (such as geography, economics, hydrology, agriculture, human health) to fully understand the processes underlying the wide range of ecosystem services used by humans.
Funding opportunities for PhD students will be published on the university website as they appear. In addition, I am always interested in inquiries by students who have or may obtain their own source of funding who are interested in mapping ecosystem services or on spatial questions in conservation biology.
Emma Brooks: Inland waters and food security: present and future implications for the rural poor.
Supervisors: Felix Eigenbrod, Rob Holland, Guy Poppy (Southampton); Will Darwall (IUCN Species Unit). BBSRC CASE funding
Robert Cooke (Starts October 2015): Quantifying the functional integrity, stability and structural integrity of global biomes.
Supervisors: Felix Eigenbrod, Amanda Bates. NERC funding through SPITFIRE DTC
James Gott: Valuing the cultural benefits that coastal ecosystems provide to people using citizen science.
Supervisors: Felix Eigenbrod, Jasmin Godbold, Emma Roe. NERC funding through SPITFIRE DTC
Jing-lun Huang: Prediction of British Avian Species Composition from Assemblage
Supervisors: Felix Eigenbrod, Patrick Osborne. Funding: University of Southampton and Taiwanese government
Evelyn Piña Covarrubias: Interactions of jaguars (Panthera onca) an pumas (Puma concolor) with their prey and humans in the Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico
Supervisors: Felix Eigenbrod, Patrick Doncaster. Funding from Mexican government scholarship.
(co-supervisor) Harriet Smith: Upgrading the charcoal value chain for improved livelihoods and environmental sustainability
Supervisors: Malcolm Hudson, Kate Schreckenberg, Felix Eigenbrod (University of Southampton funding)
(co-supervisor) Sarwar Sohel: Safe Operating Spaces for Development and Ecosystem Services in Bangladesh
Supervisors: John Dearing, Felix Eigenbrod, Angela Bashieri. EPSRC/NERC
(co-supervisor) Katie St John Glew: Retrospective geo-location of free-living marine animals - new tools for spatial ecology, natural resource management and conservation
Supervisors: Dr Clive Trueman, Felix Eigenbrod, Professor Sujit Sahu. NERC funding through SPITFIRE DTC
Member of: British Ecological Society, Ecosystem Service Partnership, Sustainability Science at Southampton.
Affiliate research group(s)
Institute for Life Sciences (IfLS),Institute for Complex Systems Simulation (ICSS)
Bioenergy is a complex and sometimes controversial subject. This project integrates models of different aspects of the UK bioenergy supply chains across multiple scales. The resulting tool will provide guidance to decision makers about the complex social and environmental impacts of differing bioenergy strategies to aid policy development.
This project created a (spatial) database of all ‘landscape-scale' conservation projects in Britain, and then used existing dataset to evaluate the extent to which these meet their biodiversity objectives.
The main objective of this 2 year project is to develop a way of comparing the impact on ecosystem services of two very different sources of transport fuel - biofuels and petroleum.
Dr Felix Eigenbrod
Faculty of Natural & Environmental Sciences
Life Sciences Building 85
University of Southampton
Telephone:(023) 8059 7382