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Dr Rebecca (Becks) Spake BSc, PhD

Research Fellow in Applied Biogeography

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I am an ecologist with broad interests in landscape sustainability and ecological synthesis. I focus principally on forest ecosystems, given their importance to tackling the climate and extinction crises.


2016 - Present: Research Fellow in Applied Biogeography, University of Southampton.

2019: Visiting researcher at University of Tokyo (Bridge Fellow, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science)

2016: Post-doctoral researcher in ecosystem service modelling, University of Southampton.

2015:  Visiting researcher at Kyoto University (JSPS)


2012-2016: Ph.D., University of Southampton. Thesis title: “Evaluation of strategies for conserving biodiversity in temperate and boreal forests”

2008-2011: B.Sc. Zoology (First Class Hons.), University of Southampton. Dissertation title: “Density estimation of jaguars and spatio-temporal interactions with pumas in a wildlife corridor”

Research interests

My research seeks to identify how ecosystem management for enhancing biodiversity and ecosystem services can be spatially targeted across different environmental and social contexts. With a focus on forest ecosystems in Britain and Japan, I investigate how management can affect invasive species, water quality, herbivory, tree health and biodiversity. I am also interested in the use of meta-analysis in ecology and evolution.

PhD Supervision

Ms Rebecca Collins

Research group

Landscape Dynamics and Ecology (LDE)

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Guest lecturer on GEOG3010 Environment and Health

Guest lecturer on BIOL2041 Conservation management field course

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