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Dr Lars Markesteijn

Senior Lecturer in Forest Science

Thoday Building, room S10


Tel: 01248 382337 (from U.K.)

+44 1248 382337 (International)

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Tropical forest ecology, Functional ecology, Restoration ecology, Plant-enemy interactions 

As a researcher I am foremost fascinated by biodiversity and as such most of my work is carried out in biologically complex tropical forest ecosystems. My research addresses processes underlying function and co-existence of tropical plants and mechanisms of biodiversity generation and maintenance. I take a special interest in density-dependent mortality or negative density dependence (NDD), as mediated by plant natural enemies, and how it affects regeneration dynamics of tropical plants. I further work on physiological plant responses to limiting resources, resource competition, and tolerance to environmental and global change - principally with respect to water and light. I explore the effects of variation in plant functional traits on individual plant performance and species distribution from local to cross-ecosystem scales. 

I currently lead a research project funded by a Sêr Cymru II - EU Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) COFUND scheme, entitled ‘Plant-soil feedbacks; unearthing the mechanisms of successional tree species turnover in tropical forests’. This project takes place in Panama and is part of my ongoing collaboration with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), Bangor University and the Multi-land project of the Welsh National Research Network for Low Carbon Energy and Environment (NRN-LCEE).