The group

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These are the people who are currently based in the forest ecology group here at Nottingham, along with a list of some past and honorary members. I’m reluctant to call it ‘my’ group, or ‘The Eichhorn lab’, mainly because I don’t see it that way at all. It’s more a set of people who are all passionately interested in how forests work, and who I’m lucky enough to be able to work with. If you’d like to join us then get in touch!

Current group members

Dr Yun Ting is a research fellow on secondment from his position at Nanjing Forestry University.  His background is as a computer scientist and he’s working with point-cloud data from terrestrial laser scans of forests. The main project is to find a computationally-efficient means of directly estimating total leaf area of trees from LiDAR data. This project is in collaboration with Martin Smith in the Faculty of Engineering at Nottingham.

Yun Ting in his natural habitat. Why use only one screen when you can use three?

Yun Ting in his natural habitat. Why use only one screen when you can use three?

Joe Ryding is a part-time PhD student alongside a job at RPS Group where he works as a surveyor; his background is in engineering. His project involved surveying 40 woodlands across England as part of the WoodMAD project to investigate how deer and management affect the whole three-dimensional structure of forests. His project is in collaboration with Martin Smith in the Faculty of Engineering at Nottingham.

Joe trialling the Zeb1 hand-held laser scanner in Kirton Wood, Nottinghamshire.

Joe trialling the Zeb1 hand-held laser scanner in Kirton Wood, Nottinghamshire.

Saifon Sittimongkol is a PhD student on secondment from Prince of Songkla University in Thailand. Her project is with the Chewong, an indigenous forest-dwelling group living in Krau Wildlife Reserve, Malaysia. She has been investigating their shifting agricultural system and its effects on forest regeneration and composition. More recently this has taken on elements of ethnobotany and anthropology in collaboration with Hilary Gilbert at Nottingham.

Even while in the field Saifon maintains extremely high standards of cooking.

Even while in the field Saifon maintains extremely high standards of cooking.

Libertad Sánchez-Presa started her PhD in October 2015 and will be working on mechanisms of coexistence in Mexican pine species. Her co-supervisor is Richard Field.

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Past group members

A lot of people have been through the group over the last decade, all of whom have gone on to great things, both outside and inside academia. This list isn’t comprehensive (yet). If you’re reading this and notice that you’re missing then please hassle me, preferably accompanied with a photo and an update on what you’re doing these days.

Dr Jorge Velazquez now has a faculty position at the University of Puebla in Mexico, but before that was a post-doc working with myself and Juan Garrahan in the School of Physics and Astronomy. Prior to that his PhD was in astrophysics. His project was on understanding how spatial organisation of communities might lead to coexistence, but has extended into a much more wide-ranging and ongoing research program (see research page).

These days I Jorge and I mostly see each other like this, through Skype.

These days I Jorge and I mostly see each other like this, through Skype.

Dr Olivia Norfolk worked for her PhD (completed 2015) on the conservation value of traditional agroforests maintained by the Bedouin of South Sinai, Egypt. She was co-supervised by Francis Gilbert. At the moment she’s a post-doc at the University of York.

Dr Syarifah binti wan Mohammad Kamariah (known to all here as Qamar) completed her PhD thesis in 2015 working on the rain forests of Northeast Queensland. Her research focussed on a long-term plot dataset maintained by CSIRO Atherton, examining how cyclone damage alters the structure of these forests. She’s now back working as a lecturer in the UPM campus in Bintulu, Malaysia.

Dr Ed Tripp wrote his PhD thesis on the composition and ecosystem processes of British heathlands, co-supervised by Peter Crittenden. He’s now working for Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust as an education officer.

Dr Lauren Gough completed her PhD on the spatial patterns of a shrub endemic to the central caldera of Tenerife. The aim was to assess how the spatial population structure varied between lava flows of different ages or composition. She now works for library services at the University of Nottingham. Her co-supervisor was Richard Field.

Jonathan Moore was an MRes student, studying how forest fruit gardens maintained by the Chewong people influence the abundance and diversity of frugivorous vertebrates. He’s still in Malaysia working as a field technician on a number of projects while looking for PhD funding. His co-supervisor was the elephant man Ahimsa Campos-Arceiz.

Jon learning how to use a blowpipe from Tok. He's pretty handy with one too.

Jon learning how to use a blowpipe from Tok. He’s pretty handy with one too.

Stine-Marie Simensen completed her MRes thesis on the conservation of Lundy cabbage, an island endemic confined to one small corner of Lundy Island. She’s now back in Norway.

Yvette Harvey-Brown also worked on Lundy cabbage for her MSci, in her case looking at a 20-year population time series and trying to establish the main drivers of population change. She’s also an extremely talented botanist and now works at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew.

Danielle Richards completed her MRes on the overwintering beetle communities of grass tussocks, establishing that their spatial patterning influenced the composition of beetles found within them. She’s a passionate entomologist, now working as a school maths teacher in Lancashire but constantly enthusing her students with a love and awareness of nature.

Honorary group members

There are a few people here who we work with closely, and some of whom have spent time with us here in Nottingham.

Gilbert Baase Adum is the founder, executive director and figurehead of Save The Frogs! Ghana, an NGO devoted to amphibian conservation. Gilbert and I have been working together since 2010, when he was a student on a field course I was teaching in Tanzania. He has since visited Nottingham twice on research placements and we have a number of ongoing projects. The core question underlying our collaboration is how forest structure influences amphibian communities in Ghanaian forests.

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Wherever Gilbert goes, even in the theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, he wants to tell people about frog conservation.

More to come (you have not been forgotten): Tok We & Tok Sumpeh, Reuben Nilus, Dan Metcalfe, Helen Murphy, Ahimsa Campos-Arceiz, Steve Compton & Roger Key