- Kelvin Peh’s interests range from forest ecology to urban wildlife in respect of diversity and distribution. He is interested in all areas of wildlife-human conflicts 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. Currently, he is working on the 2nd edition of this handbook.
- Ecosystem Services – Kelvin is best known for his leading role in the development of TESSA (Toolkit for Ecosystem Service Site-based Assessment). TESSA v3.0, published on 31 Oct 2022, is now available at 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 Erik Mata Guel (2019–present): Impacts of climate change on tropical montane forest biodiversity, functioning and services. Funded by CONACTY, MexicoTimothy Sykes (2019 –present): Investigating cultural contributions from chalk streams and their winterbournes and aquifers. Funded by Environment AgencyPeter Symes (2019-present): Effects of environmental change on tropical montane bats. Funded by NERC INSPIRE DTPConnor Butler (2018–present): Tropical montane forests: the ecology and conservation of cryptic anurans. Funded by NERC SPITFIRE DTP.Martin Watts (2018–present): Climate change impacts on agroforestry livelihoods in Tanzania. Funded by ESRC South Coast DTP.Evie Morris (2017–present): How will greening the desert affect bats and the ecosystem services they provide? Funded by NERC SPITFIRE DTP.Jen Ball (2016–present): Measuring and optimising multiple ecosystem services provided by chalk streams. Funded by Vitacress Conservation Trust and School of Biological Sciences.Constance Tremlett (Oct 2015–present): Bat pollination services: their importance and vulnerability to environmental change. Funded by NERC SPITFIRE DTP.Dominic Phillips (2020-present): Effects of fragmentation and environmental change on tropical montane moths. Funded by NERC INSPIRE DTP and School of Biological Sciences
Sponsor: Bat Conservation International