The overall aim of our research is to understand how insect/plant communities interact and thus determine how biotic and abiotic changes to the system influence the multi-trophic interactions.
We conduct both proximate and adaptive studies on insect/plant interactions. Research in my lab utilses a range of disciplines (behavioural ecology, chemical ecology, molecular genetics) to answer both fundamental and applied questions. By combining the two schools of biology (proximate and adaptive), we can identify the key ecological questions which need answering, and adopt a reductionist approach to deliver the answers. Further details of the work of the group can be found at the following web-site.
We are keen to receive enquiries re collaboration/research projects at all levels (undergraduate through to scientists on sabbatical). Please email your interests/ideas and we will try to establish a way forward.
Affiliate research group(s)
Institute for Life Sciences (IfLS)
The importance of considering interactions from a multitrophic perspective has become increasingly realised in the last decade. The majority of research in this area has been focussed on crop plants, insect pest herbivores and predators/parasitoids.
This is a very exciting area of research which is of great scientific and political importance. It illustrates how adopting both proximate and adaptive approaches to science provides dividends.
Quantifying linkages between livelihoods, freshwater biodiversity, and drivers of food security and other ecosystem services.
The research examined the potential for development of anaerobic digestion (AD) on farms, and the contribution that this could make to rural development and diversification of agricultural practice by enhanced land use planning for bioenergy production. The research is set in the context of a rapidly developing European agenda aimed at both strengthening the rural economy and protecting the environment.
Professor Guy M Poppy
Faculty of Natural & Environmental Sciences
Life Sciences Building 85
University of Southampton
Telephone:(023) 8059 3217