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Professor M.C. Emmerson

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Mark Emmerson
Professor of Biodiversity

BSc. (Hons) Marine and Freshwater Biology, 1995,
Queen Mary University of London, UK.
MSc. Marine and Fisheries Science (with Distinction),
University of Aberdeen, UK.
PhD. Zoology, University of Aberdeen, UK.


Contact Information
Tel:  +44 (0)28 9097 2912
Fax:  +44 (0)28 9097 5877
Room:  Medical Biology Centre - 5.032.


Professor Emmerson graduated from Queen Mary University of London, UK in 1995 with a BSc (Hons) in Marine and Freshwater Biology.  He then moved to the University of Aberdeen in Scotland where he undertook both an MSc in Marine and Fisheries Science (1996-1997) and a PhD in Zoology (1997-2001).  His PhD was focussed on combining empirical and theoretical approaches to the study of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning.  He then moved to the University of York where he undertook a Post doc focussed on the role of body size in food webs (2001-2003).  He was appointed as a College Lecturer at University College Cork in the Republic of Ireland in 2003.  In 2010, he joined the School of Biological Sciences at Queens as Chair of Biodiversity.

Research Interests

Professor Emmerson's research combines theoretical and empirical approaches in the study of ecological systems.  He is a broad based community ecologist studying the consequences of biodiversity loss for the provision of ecosystem services.  He has worked in marine, freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems with a unifying focus on food webs and biodiversity at multiple trophic levels.  His research aims to combine classic and novel food web theory with the study of diversity, stability and ecosystem functioning.  His research ranges from the applied to the fundamental, from the role of farming in wildlife conservation through to the effects of species body size on food web structure and functioning.