Dr Martin Sullivan

Dr Martin Sullivan


My research investigates how tropical forests respond to global change, and the role of biodiversity in influencing this. I work with many collaborators from the Rainfor, AfriTRON and T-Forces networks to conduct large-scale analyses using forest inventory plot data.

Prior to coming to Leeds I worked as a Research Ecologist for the British Trust for Ornithology, while my PhD research focussed on modelling the spread and impact on non-native species.

Research interests

My research spans a range of taxa and study systems, but is united by a desire to understand ecological patterns and processes in order to be able to predict responses to future change. My core research focuses on the macroecology of tropical forest dynamics, but other areas I have worked on include assessing the drivers of change in UK bird communities, investigating ways to improve the success of saltmarsh restoration, and developing methods to better predict the spread and impact of non-native species.

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  • PhD
  • MRes, Ecology, Evolution and Conservation research, Imperial College
  • BSc Zoology, University of Bristol

Professional memberships

  • British Ecological Society
  • British Ornithologists Union
  • Marine Biological Association