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Dr Kelvin Peh BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD

Research Career Track Lecturer, Principal Investigator Conservation Ecology and Ecosystem Services

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Dr Kelvin Peh joined Biological Sciences and the Institute for Life Sciences in February 2013 as a Research Career Track Lecturer. He is also a Visiting Fellow at the Department of Zoology, Cambridge University.

Having spent most of his career pursuing his life-long interest in conservation ecology–mostly in the tropics, Dr Peh’s education benefitted from the direct input and experience of top academics, such as the late Navjot Sodhi from the National University of Singapore, Johnny de Jong of the Swedish Biodiversity Centre, Simon Lewis from Leeds University, and Andrew Balmford from Cambridge University. Now at the faculty, he takes a particular pleasure in one aspect of academic life: mentoring research students. And he hopes to give them the same wide, if speedy, grounding that covers a broad range of conservation science.

Career history

2013-present: Research Career Track Lecturer. University of Southampton, UK.
2013-present: Visiting Fellow. Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, UK.
2012-2016: Researcher. St. John’s College, Cambridge, UK.
2011-2013: AXA Post-Doctoral Fellow. Department of Zoology. University of Cambridge, UK.
2010-2011: Research Associate, Department of Zoology. University of Cambridge, UK.
2006-2008: Marie Curie EST Fellow. Earth and Biosphere Institute, University of Leeds, UK.

Academic qualifications

2006-2009: PhD Biophysical Geography. University of Leeds, UK.
2002 -2003: MSc Biodiversity. Swedish Agricultural University and Uppsala University, Sweden.
1996-2000: BSc (Hon.) Animal Biology and Botany. National University of Singapore, Singapore.

Research

Publications

Teaching

Contributions

Contact

Research interests

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.

PhD Supervision

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.

MRes Supervision

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.

Research group(s)

Environmental Biosciences

Affiliate research group(s)

Institute for Life Sciences (IfLS)

Research project(s)

Bat pollination services: their importance and vulnerability to environmental changes

Estimating the net economic consequences of losing pollination services

This project aims at estimating the economic, ecological cultural and social consequences of the decline of pollinators to human well-being.

Rapid assessment of biodiversity and biogeochemical processing across tropical land-use gradients

Measuring and optimising multiple ecosystem services provided by chalk streams

Article(s)

Book(s)

Book Section(s)

  • Primary production and allocation - Berninger, Frank, Peh, Kelvin S.-H. and Smith, Hazel K.. In Routledge Handbook of Forest Ecology - Peh, Kelvin S.-H., Corlett, Richard T. and Bergeron, Yves (eds.)
    Published:
    2015
    Published by:
    Abingdon, GB
    Page Range:
    352-368
  • Routledge Handbook of Forest Ecology Introduction - Peh, Kelvin S.-H., Bergeron, Yves and Corlett, Richard T.. In Routledge Handbook of Forest Ecology - Peh, Kelvin S.-H., Corlett, Richard T. and Bergeron, Yves (eds.)
    Published:
    2015
    Published by:
    Abingdon, GB
    Page Range:
    1-3
  • Forest fragmentation and ecosystem functioning - Peh, Kelvin S.-H., Lin, Y., Foster, W., Luke, S. and Turner, E.. In Global Forest Fragmentation: Green Islands of the Anthropocene - Kettle, C.J. and Koh, L.P. (eds.)
    Published:
    2014
    Published by:
    Wallingford, GB
  • Governance and conservation in the tropical developing world - Peh, Kelvin S.-H.. In Conservation Biology: Voices from the Tropics - Sodhi, N.S., Gibson, L. and Raven, P.H. (eds.)
    Published:
    2013
    Published by:
    Oxford, GB
  • Land use changes imperil South-east Asian biodiversity - Sodhi, N.S., Posa, M.R.C., Peh, Kelvin S.-H., Koh, L.P., Soh, M.C.K., Lee, T.M., Lee, J.S.H., Wanger, T.C. and Brook, B.W.. In Land Use Intensification Effects on Agriculture, Biodiversity and Ecological Processes - Lindenmayer, D., Cunningham, S. and Young, A. (eds.)
    Published:
    2012
    Published by:
    Boca Raton, US

Co-coordinator

BIOL3070 Tropical Field Ecology

Lecturer 

BIOL3009 Applied Ecology

BIOL3068 Fluxes, Cycles and Microbial Communities

Supervisor

BIOL3031 Literature Research Project
BIOL3060 Science Communications
BIOL3061 In-depth Field Research Project

Professional Affiliations

2015: Review Editor. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution
2015: Member of the pre-proposal evaluation panel of the French National Research Agency (ANR)
2014-present: Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS)
2013-present: Visiting Fellow. Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, UK
2012-2016: Researcher. St. John’s College, Cambridge, UK

Dr Kelvin Peh
Biological Sciences
Faculty of Natural & Environmental Sciences
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University of Southampton
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Southampton
SO17 1BJ

Room Number:85/4041

Telephone:(023) 8059 4367
Email:K.Peh@soton.ac.uk


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