Emily WaddellUniversity of Stirling · Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences
Doctor of Philosophy
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5 Research Items
Many companies are making ambitious pledges to achieve positive impacts for climate and nature by financing restoration of carbon- and biodiversity- rich natural habitats. However, companies cannot make evidence-based choices that will deliver successful restoration if the scientific information required to guide investment has not been synthesised...
1. Human-modified tropical landscapes are often invaded by exotic plant species, but relatively few species are able to colonise remnant areas of rainforest embedded within such landscapes. The functional traits of successful invaders of natural versus anthropogenic habitats are poorly known, especially in tropical regions , and identifying such tr...
ContextIntact tropical rainforests are considered robust to plant invasions. However, land-use change alters the structure and species composition of native forest, opening up tropical landscapes to invasion. Yet, the relative roles of key drivers on tropical forest invasions remain little investigated.Objectives We examine factors affecting plant...
Maintaining forest conservation set-asides is a key criterion of sustainability certification of many crops that drive tropical deforestation, but their value for carbon storage and associated biodiversity is unclear. We conducted vegetation measurements to examine the benefits of set-asides for aboveground carbon stocks (AGC) in certified oil palm...
The Neotropical leaf litter frog genus Pristimantis is very species-rich, with 526 species described to date, but the full extent of its diversity is much higher and remains unknown. This study explores the phylogenetic processes and resulting evolutionary patterns of diversification in Pristimantis. Given the well-recognised failure of morphology-...
There is considerable debate about the pattern and origin of laterality in forelimb emergence and turning behaviour within amphibians, with the latter being poorly investigated in tadpoles around metamorphic climax. Using 6 species of metamorphosing anurans, we investigated the effect of asymmetrical spiracle location, and disturbance at the time o...
The lack of information about amphibians and reptiles in highly threatened tropical rainforest habitats has led to a need for innovative methods that can rapidly generate data on ecological behavior. The thread bobbin technique has proven successful for gathering ecological information in a range of habitats, but has not yet been used in tropical r...
To understand the process of non-native plant invasion within a network of tropical forest fragments in Sabah, East Malaysia. Specifically looking at the identity and functional traits of the invading community and how resilient the native community is to invasion.