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Conservation Research Institute



I lead the Ecosystems and Global Change research group in the Department of Plant Sciences.  You can learn more about our work at

Broadly, my expertise lies in combining empirical observations with process- and statistical-based models to predict how human activities are changing the way that ecosystems are assembled and function.  Much of this work is carried out in temperate habitats, namely forests, grasslands, and freshwaters.

I also have a long-standing interest in biodiversity conservation, particularly given threats from species invasions and extinction.



My group studies how disturbances alter the functioning and biodiversity of the world's ecosystems in order to generate solutions for mitigating the impacts of global change.  We focus on plants and their interactions with microbes, animals, and biogeochemical processes in terrestrial and freshwater systems.  Our aim is to generate solutions for complex social, economic and environmental challenges, such as food security and the provision of ecosystem services, by developing predictive models to inform policy and management interventions.  Currently, our work is: (i) identifying terrestrial controls over the functioning of aquatic ecosystems; and (ii) testing how evolutionary history influences the responses of ecosystems to disturbances. We are also engaged in other projects at the interface of conservation science and ecology, particularly in the agri-environment.


You can learn more about our work here.


Key publications: 

A full list of publications is available here.

Tanentzap AJ, Lloyd AM. 2017. Fencing in nature? Predator exclusion restores habitat for native fauna and leads biodiversity to spill over into the wider landscape. Biological Conservation 214:119-126. DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2017.08.001

Tanentzap AJ. 2017. The costs of saving nature: Does it make "cents"? PLoS Biology 15:e2003292. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.2003292

Tanentzap AJ, Walker S, Stephens RTT. 2017. Better practices for reporting on conservation. Conservation Letters 10:146--152. DOI: 10.1111/conl.12229

Tanentzap AJ, Lamb A, Walker S, Farmer A. 2015. Resolving conflicts between agriculture and the natural environment. PLoS Biology 13:e1002242. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1002242

Tanentzap AJ, Szkokan-Emilson, ES, Kielstra B, Arts MT, Yan, ND, Gunn, JM. 2014. Forests fuel fish growth in freshwater deltas. Nature Communications 5:4077. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms5077

Tanentzap AJ, Zou J, Coomes DA. 2013. Getting the biggest birch for the bang: restoring and expanding upland birchwoods in the Scottish Highlands by managing red deer. Ecology and Evolution 3:1890-1901. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.548

Professor of Global Change Ecology
Dr Andrew  Tanentzap

Contact Details

Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge, Downing Street
01223 748982


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Research keywords: 
Landscape Ecology