Prof. Ken Norris
Director of Science
- 2014: Director of Science, ZSL
- 2010 – 2014: School Director of Research
- 2010 – 2014: Deputy Director (Biodiversity), Food Security Centre @ University of Reading
- 2009 – 2013: NERC Biodiversity Theme Leader (part-time secondment)
- 2005 – 2014: Professor of Agro-ecology & Director of the Centre for Agri-Environmental Research @University of Reading (CAER – www.reading.ac.uk/caer)
- 2003 – 2004: Reader in Applied Ecology, University of Reading
- 1997 – 2003: Lecturer, University of Reading
- 1993 – 1997: Research Biologist, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
- 1989 – 1993: Postdoctoral Researcher, Dept of Zoology, University of Oxford
My current research interests span a range of individual, population, community and ecosystem approaches to understanding how biodiversity responds to environmental change. This work has included a long-term interest in basic and applied avian ecology, which currently involves using individual-based datasets from endangered birds in Mauritius as ‘model’ systems to explore environmental change impacts from individuals to populations. Recently, we have developed a novel approach for exploring the biodiversity impacts of agricultural change across a range of UK taxa (plants, insects, birds, mammals). We have recently used this to explore the potential impact of agri-environmental management on biodiversity, and extended it to other ecosystems (e.g. European forest birds). Finally, my work is increasingly focusing on the links between biodiversity, ecosystem function and ecosystem services, particularly through studies in tropical forest and agro-forestry ecosystems in Africa.
Going forwards, my work will be focused in two broad areas. First, improving our understanding of how biodiversity responds to environmental change by looking in particular at how the evolutionary ecology of individual organisms affects population and community dynamics. Second, improving our understanding of how biodiversity change affects ecosystem services and the values/benefits people derive from these services across a range of ecosystems – urban, agricultural, tropical forests and marine.
- Wade, A.S.I. et al., A niche-based framework to assess current monitoring of European forest birds and guide indicator species’ selection. PLoS One, 2014, 9(5): e97217. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0097217
- White, P. et al., Predator reduction with habitat management can improve songbird nest success. Journal of Wildlife Management, 2014, 78: p. 402-412.
- Clark, N.E. et al., Biodiversity, cultural pathways and human health: a framework. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 2014, 29: p. 198-204.
- Cartwright, S.J. et al., Anthropogenic natal environmental effects on life histories in a wild bird population. Current Biology, 2014, 24: p. 1-5.
- Wade, A.S.I., et al., Quantifying the detrimental impacts of land-use and management change on European forest bird populations. Plos One, 2013. 8(5): p. e64552-e64552.
- Sutherland, W.J., et al., Identification of 100 fundamental ecological questions. Journal of Ecology, 2013. 101(1): p. 58-67.
- Sutherland, W.J., et al., A horizon scan of global conservation issues for 2013. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 2013. 28(1): p. 16-22.
- Saether, B.-E., et al., How Life History Influences Population Dynamics in Fluctuating Environments. American Naturalist, 2013. 182(6): p. 743-759.
- Pickett, S.R.A., et al., Environmental and Parental Influences on Offspring Health and Growth in Great Tits (Parus major). Plos One, 2013. 8(7).
- Ofori-Boateng, C., et al., Differences in the Effects of Selective Logging on Amphibian Assemblages in Three West African Forest Types. Biotropica, 2013. 45(1): p. 94-101.
- Nevoux, M., et al., The short- and long-term fitness consequences of natal dispersal in a wild bird population. Ecology Letters, 2013. 16(4): p. 438-445.
- Evans, M.R., et al., Predictive systems ecology. Proceedings of The Royal Society B-Biological Sciences, 2013. 280(1771): p. 31452-31452.
- Dicks, L.V., et al., What Do We Need to Know to Enhance the Environmental Sustainability of Agricultural Production? A Prioritisation of Knowledge Needs for the UK Food System. Sustainability, 2013. 5(7): p. 3095-3115.
- Butler, S.J. and K. Norris, Functional space and the population dynamics of birds in agro-ecosystems. Agriculture Ecosystems & Environment, 2013. 164: p. 200-208.
- Sutherland, W.J., et al., A horizon scan of global conservation issues for 2012. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 2012. 27(1): p. 12-18.
- Norris, K., Biodiversity in the context of ecosystem services: the applied need for systems approaches. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences, 2012. 367(1586): p. 191-199.
- Mace, G.M., K. Norris, and A.H. Fitter, Biodiversity and ecosystem services: a multilayered relationship. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 2012. 27(1): p. 19-26.
- Evans, M.R., K.J. Norris, and T.G. Benton, Predictive ecology: systems approaches Introduction. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences, 2012. 367(1586): p. 163-169.
- Butler, S.J., et al., An objective, niche-based approach to indicator species selection. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 2012. 3(2): p. 317-326.
- Senapathi, D., et al., Climate change and the risks associated with delayed breeding in a tropical wild bird population. Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences, 2011. 278(1722): p. 3184-3190.
- Scholefield, P., et al., Modelling the European Farmland Bird Indicator in response to forecast land-use change in Europe. Ecological Indicators, 2011. 11(1): p. 46-51.
- Nevoux, M., et al., Population regulation of territorial species: both site dependence and interference mechanisms matter. Proceedings Of The Royal Society B-Biological Sciences, 2011. 278(1715): p. 2173-2181.
- Burgess, M.D., et al., Multiple environmental gradients affect spatial variation in the productivity of a tropical bird population. Journal of Animal Ecology, 2011. 80(3): p. 688-695.
- Baker, D.J., et al., Are the costs of routine vigilance avoided by granivorous foragers? Functional Ecology, 2011. 25(3): p. 617-627.
- Wade, A.S.I., et al., Management strategies for maximizing carbon storage and tree species diversity in cocoa-growing landscapes. Agriculture Ecosystems & Environment, 2010. 138(3-4): p. 324-334.
- Senapathi, D., et al., Evidence for long-term regional changes in precipitation on the East Coast Mountains in Mauritius. International Journal of Climatology, 2010. 30(8): p. 1164-1177.
- Norris, K., S.G. Potts, and S.R. Mortimer, Ecosystem Services and Food Production, in Ecosystem Services, R.E.H.R.M. Hester, Editor. 2010. p. 52-69.
- Norris, K., et al., Biodiversity in a forest-agriculture mosaic - The changing face of West African rainforests. Biological Conservation, 2010. 143(10): p. 2341-2350.
- Nicoll, M. and K. Norris, Detecting an impact of predation on bird populations depends on the methods used to assess the predators. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 2010. 1(3): p. 300-310.
- Lopez-Sepulcre, A., H. Kokko, and K. Norris, Evolutionary conservation advice for despotic populations: habitat heterogeneity favours conflict and reduces productivity in Seychelles magpie robins. Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences, 2010. 277(1699): p. 3477-3482.
- Butler, S.J., et al., Resource availability and the persistence of seed-eating bird populations in agricultural landscapes: a mechanistic modelling approach. Journal of Applied Ecology, 2010. 47(1): p. 67-75.
- Butler, S.J., et al., Quantifying the impact of land-use change to European farmland bird populations. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 2010. 137: p. 348-357.
- Borghesio, L., et al., Population estimates and habitat use by the Critically Endangered Taita Apalis Apalis fuscigularis in south-eastern Kenya. Bird Conservation International, 2010. 20(4): p. 440-455.
- Baker, D.J., et al., Vigilance and the functional response of granivorous foragers. Functional Ecology, 2010. 24(6): p. 1281-1290.
- Lopez-Sepulcre, A., K. Norris, and H. Kokko, Reproductive conflict delays the recovery of an endangered social species. Journal of Animal Ecology, 2009. 78(1): p. 219-225.
- Awa, T., II, M.D. Burgess, and K. Norris, Investigating the practicality of using radio tracking to determine home range and movements of Picathartidae. Ostrich, 2009. 80(3): p. 145-151.
- Butler, S.J., et al., A cross-taxonomic index for quantifying the health of farmland biodiversity. Journal of Applied Ecology, 2009. 46: p. 1154-1162.
- Butler, S.J., et al., Indirect Population Dynamic Benefits of Altered Life-History Trade-Offs in Response to Egg Harvesting. American Naturalist, 2009. 174(1): p. 111-121.
- Burgess, M.D., et al., The use of agricultural, open and forest habitats by juvenile Mauritius Kestrels Falco punctatus. Ibis, 2009. 151(1): p. 63-76.
- Awa, T., II, G. Dzikouk, and K. Norris, Breeding distribution and population decline of globally threatened Grey-necked Picathartes Picathartes oreas in Mbam Minkom Mountain Forest, southern Cameroon. Bird Conservation International, 2009. 19(3): p. 254-264.