Queen's University, Belfast

Current Position Professor of Biodiversity, Director of Research
Previous Position Lecturer (UCC, Ireland)
Telephone +44 (0) 2890972912
Email m.emmerson@qub.ac.uk
Departments School of Biological Sciences
Quadrat Core Themes Biodiversity, Environmental Management
Methods I Use Modelling


Key Research Interests

  • Drivers of biodiversity change in marine, freshwater and terrestrial systems.
  • Multiple stressors and their impacts on stability of ecosystems and food webs.
  • Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning.
  • Role of body size in ecology.
  • The use of traits to predict species importance in ecological networks.

Recent Key Papers

  • White, L., Donohue, I., Emmerson, M.C., & O’Connor, N. (2018) Combined effects of warming and nutrients on marine communities are moderated by predators and vary across functional groups. Global Change Biology. https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.14456
  • Barrios-O’Neill, D., Kelly, R., Dick, J. T. A., Ricciardi, A., MacIsaac, Hugh J., Emmerson, M. C. (2017) On the contextdependent scaling of consumer feeding rates. Ecology Letters. 19: 668-678.
  • Donohue, I., Petchey, O.L., Montoya, J.M., Jackson, A.L., McNally, L., Viana, M., Healy, K., Lurgi, M., O’Connor, N.E. & Emmerson, M.C. (2013). On the dimensionality of ecological stability. Ecology Letters. 16: 421-429.

Summary Title of Current Studentships

  • Resilience in marine ecosystems: the effects of environmental and ecological context on ecosystem mulitfunctioning and multistability.
  • Ecosystem based approaches to apple orchard management.
  • Addressing the gaps in marine ecosystem science: The role of kelp in the food web.
  • QUADRAT DTP student, Xavier Badham: Quantifying the resilience and functioning of freshwater ecosystems across spatial and temporal gradients of environmental stress