University of Aberdeen
Current Position Professor
Previous Position Reader
Telephone +44 (0)1224 272695
Departments School of Biological Sciences
Quadrat Core Themes Biodiversity, Environmental Management
Methods I Use Bio / Geo / Chemical Analytical, Modelling


Key Research Interests

  • Regulation of diversity in ecological communities, focussing on community dynamics of tropical forest trees and interactions with biotic and abiotic drivers
  • Plant – soil interactions, particularly partitioning of soil P resources and mycorrhizas
  • Biodiversity and biogeochemical cycling in tropical forests, focussing on responses to anthropogenic disturbance and role of functional and phylogenetic diversity in recovery
  • Mechanisms and functional significance of Al accumulation in woody plants
  • Conservation and restoration of forest biodiversity

Recent Key Papers

  • Jucker, T., Bongalov, B., Burslem, D.F.R.P., Nilus, R., Dalponte, M., Lewis, S.L., Phillips, O.L., Qie, L. & Coomes,
    D.A. (2018) Topography shapes the structure, composition and function of tropical forest landscapes. Ecology Letters,
    21, 989-100. doi: 10.1111/ele.12964.
  • Liu, X., Burslem, D.F.R.P., Taylor, J.D., Taylor, A.F.S., Khoo, E., Majalap-Lee, N., Helgason, Y. & Johnson, D.(2018)
    Partitioning of soil phosphorus among arbuscular and ectomycorrhizal trees in tropical and subtropical forests. Ecology
    Letters, 21, 713-723 doi: 10.1111/ele.12939.
  • Both, S., Riutta, T., Paine, C.E.T., Elias, D.M.O., Chino, R., Jain, A., Johnson, D., Kritizler, U.H., Kuntz, N., Majalap-Lee, N.,
    Mielke, N., Montoya Pillco., M.X., Ostle, N., Teh, Y.A.. Malhi, Y. & Burslem, D.F.R.P. (in press) Logging and soil
    nutrients independently explain plant trait expression in tropical forests. New Phytologist. 10.1111/

Summary Title of Current Studentships

  • Restoration of forest biodiversity and ecosystem function on degraded former pastures in the Peruvian Amazon
  • Monitoring biodiversity and ecosystem services in tropical forest ecosystems
  • Syzygium taxonomy and evolution
  • Resolving trade-offs for resilient forest landscape restoration in Southeast Asia: managing forest genetic resources for seed supply and natural regeneration
  • Species diversity in relation to environmental on a new large forest dynamics plot in Malaysia