Kelvin Peh’s interests range from forest ecology to urban wildlife in respect to diversity and distribution. He is interested in all areas of wildlife-human conflict and wildlife ecology in human-dominated landscapes, and in the application of his research results to the conservation/management of biological resources.
Tropical Forest Ecology – Kelvin’s work on monodominance in tropical tree-dominated systems - has helped rekindle scientific interest in this fascinating, yet relatively unexplored phenomenon in tropical forests. He has completed editing – as a principal editor – a “Routledge Handbook of Forest Ecology” that was published by Routledge under its “Earthscan” imprint.
Ecosystem Services – Kelvin is best known for his leading role in the development of TESSA (Toolkit for Ecosystem Service Site-based Assessment; http://tessa.tools/). He continues working on this ecosystem service assessment project to develop and test novel tools for rapidly assessing the net impact of site-based conservation on the provision of ecosystem services. This project runs in collaboration with the University of Cambridge, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, BirdLife International, Tropical Biology Association, Anglia Ruskin University and UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Centre.
Biodiversity and Conservation – Kelvin has a strong interest in topics such as invasive alien species and environmental governance. Also he proposes to continue developing the theme of diversity-functioning relationship in the tropics. He plans to initiate new projects that involve large spatial data sets, in Southeast Asia and central Africa where issues such as species habitat loss and environmental degradation are becoming very pressing. HIs future research plans also include initiating a project to investigate the environmental impact of China’s involvement in Africa. The purpose of this project is to analyse not the political or developmental implications of China’s policies, but their ecological and social-economic consequences on Africa.
Fabrizia Ratto (Jun 2014-present): Estimating net economic consequences of losing pollination services. Funded by IFLS and Biological Sciences.
Emma Joslin (Oct 2014-present): Managing trees for pest control and pollination services in fruit orchards. Funded by NERC and Sainsbury’s.
Adham Ashton-Butt (Jan 2015-present): Rapid assessment of biodiversity and biogeochemical processing across tropical landscape gradients. Funded by NERC and Biological Sciences.
Malcolm Soh (Aug 2015–present): Effects of environmental change on tropical montane forest amphibian and birds in Peninsular Malaysia. Funded by: External student at the University of Western Australia.
Constance Tremlett (Oct 2015–present): Bat pollination services: their importance and vulnerability to environmental change. Funded by NERC SPITFIRE DTP.
Jennifer Ball (Oct 2016–present): Measuring and optimising multiple ecosystem services provided by chalk streams. Funded by Vitacress Conservation Trust and Biological Sciences.
Dominic Wells (Oct 2016–present):The impact of land use change on the phenology of tropical montane birds in Peninsular Malaysia.
Lisa Jones (Oct 2016–present): A rapid assessment of cultural ecosystem services provided by chalk streams.
Sushmitha Vandana Gopal (Oct 2015–present): Assessing extinction risk in terrestrial Artiodactyls in India.
Tom Wingrave (Oct 2014–Oct 2015): Socio-economic and ecological correlates of African antelope conservation status.
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Institute for Life Sciences (IfLS)
This project aims at estimating the economic, ecological cultural and social consequences of the decline of pollinators to human well-being.
Dr Kelvin Peh
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University of Southampton
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