Dr Kerry Brown
School/Department: Natural & Built Environments
I am a senior lecturer at Kingston University. My research integrates ecological' from small to large spatial scales' to assess how environmental change impacts on biodiversity patterns and ecosystem function. I apply quantitative models to conservation biological questions to better explore the interplay between people, ecosystems and drivers of environmental change. Much of my research is focused at population and community scales, modelling plant functional trait relationships in temperate and tropical systems. I also explore the scale-dependent characteristics of drivers of environmental change, using various modelling approaches (e.g., species distribution models, Boosted Regression Trees) to predict how global change influences biodiversity patterns in tropical ecosystems. My research is conducted in tropical (forests of Madagascar and Puerto Rico) and temperate (UK fen) ecosystems.
Educational and Professional Qualifications
- 1998 - 2004 Ph.D., Stony Brook University
- 1996 - 1998 MSc., Stony Brook University
- 1993 - 1995 BSc., Howard University
1) Plant functional traits: In collaboration with Professor Martyn Waller, I am investigating the extent to which variation in functional traits affect the ability of lowland fen communities (woodland and herbaceous fens) to deliver a key ecosystem service (carbon storage). There is an impending urgency to understand how ecosystem services are produced, to quantify their rate of delivery and to model the interactions and feedbacks between these services and society, particularly in the context of informing environmental policy and ecosystem management.
2) Biodiversity: Biodiversity plays an integral role in the livelihoods of subsistence, forest-dwelling communities. My research seeks to understand the extent to which the livelihood of subsistence communities on the forest frontier are compromised by biodiversity loss. To accomplish this, I use quantitative approaches that capture not only changes in taxonomic diversity, but also variation in natural resources and provisioning services (i.e., using functional diversity metrics).
3) Spatial predictive models: I investigate the effects of environmental change on biodiversity--across small and large spatial scales--using ecological niche models and various other modeling techniques. This aspect of my work has been undertaken in various systems, both tropical landscapes and seascapes.
Population and community ecology Environmental science Biodiversity Conservation Environmental Change Biology Data analysis and statistics Tropical Ecology