University of Aberdeen
Current Position Professor of Ecology
Telephone +44 (0)1224 273259
Departments School of Biological Sciences
Quadrat Core Themes Biodiversity, Environmental Management
Methods I Use Bio / Geo / Chemical Analytical, Modelling


Key Research Interests

  • Predation and spatial dynamics (and more broadly ecosystem dynamics and species interactions)
  • Invasive species management (including participatory approaches and spatial planning)
  • Metapopulation dynamics, trophic interactions including pathogens-host and dispersal
  • Conservation, people and rewilding and re-assembling ecosystems
  • Disease host dynamics as a trophic interactions and link to land use changes and globalisation

Recent Key Papers

  • Sheehy, E., Sutherland, C., O’Reilly, C., and Lambin, X. (2018) The enemy of my enemy is my friend: Native pine marten recovery reverses the decline of the red squirrel by suppressing grey squirrel populations. Proceedings of Royal Society, Series B 285: 20172603.
  • Melero Y, Cornulier T, Oliver MK, Lambin X. (2018) Ecological traps for large-scale invasive species control: Predicting settling rules by recolonising American mink post-culling. Journal of Applied Ecology 55, (4) 769-1779
  • Millon A, SJ Petty, B Little, O Gimenez, T Cornulier, and X Lambin (2014) Dampening prey cycle overrides the impact of climate change on predator population dynamics: a long‐term demographic study on tawny owls. Global Change Biology 20(6), 1770-1781

Summary Title of Current Studentships

  • Doing more with less: adaptive management of American mink population;
  • Understanding the generation and dynamics of Bartonella diversity in fragmented host populations;
  • A multi-scale bio-economic approach to optimising the management of emerging rodent crop pests;
  • Assessing the economic and conservation impacts of the pine marten, a recovering predator, on non-native grey squirrels, and forest land management.
  • Adaptive monitoring and management for endangered species conservation in boreal forest ecosystems with newly enriched guild of predators.
  • Optimising rodent control strategies in rural Madagascar to increase agricultural productivity and reduce zoonotic disease risk through targeted community actions.
  • Leaving the safety of the forest: spatial dynamics of the goshawks within and outside protected area.
  • Quantifying connectivity in fragmented population;
  • Population dynamics of voles: Characterization and modelling of global spatio-temporal patterns;
  • QUADRAT DTP student, Anna Kellner: Rewilding and the return of interacting meso-predators: Understanding, modelling and monitoring predator-prey dynamics in non-equilibrium ecosystems (a CASE project supported by Forestry England);
  • QUADRAT DTP student, Elouise Mayall: Searching for a bit of peace and quiet despite unreliable cues: dispersal, settlement, and fitness of a top predator in multi-use forests (a CASE project supported by Forestry & Land Scotland, Forestry England & Tillhill Forestry).