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Dr Sarah Luke

Dr Sarah Luke

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Room 302, Austin Building

Office Phone: 01223 (7)69353

Research Group

Insect Ecology Group:
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Aquatic Ecology Group:

Research Interests

I am interested in the effects of habitat change on biodiversity and ecosystem functions, and development of possible strategies for conservation. My previous work has considered the effects of habitat fragmentation in the UK, as well as the impacts of selective logging and conversion of forest to oil palm plantations in Southeast Asia on terrestrial and freshwater invertebrates. My current research focuses on strategies for striking a balance between production and conservation in oil palm-dominated landscapes. I am involved in ongoing projects based in Sabah, Malaysia and in Sumatra, Indonesia, to test the value of understory vegetation, riparian buffer strips of different widths, and riparian buffer strip restoration for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem function as well as potential impacts on yield.

For more information about the projects I work on:

www.oilpalmbiodiversity.com

www.safeproject.net 

www.lombok.hmtf.info

Key Publications

Májeková, M., T. Paal, N. S. Plowman, Bryndová, M., Kasari, L., Norberg, A., Weiss, M., Bishop, T. R., Luke, S. H., Sam, K., Le Bagousse-Pinguet, Y., Lepš, J., Götzenberger, L., de Bello, F. 2016. Evaluating Functional Diversity: Missing Trait Data and the Importance of Species Abundance Structure and Data Transformation. PLoS One 11: e0149270. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0149270

Robert M Ewers, Michael JW Boyle, Rosalind A Gleave, Nichola S Plowman, Suzan Benedick, Henry Bernard, Tom R Bishop, Effendi Y Bakhtiar, Vun Khen Chey, Arthur YC Chung, Richard G Davies, David P Edwards, Paul Eggleton, Tom M Fayle, Stephen R Hardwick, Rahman Homathevi, Roger L Kitching, Min Sheng Khoo, Sarah H Luke, Joshua J March, Reuben Nilus, Marion Pfeifer, Sri V Rao, Adam C Sharp, Jake L Snaddon, Nigel E Stork, Matthew J Struebig, Oliver R Wearn, Kalsum M Yusah, Edgar C Turner (2015) Logging cuts the functional importance of invertebrates in tropical rainforest. Nature Communications, 6, 1-7. doi:10.1038/ncomms7836

Dow, R.A. and Luke, S.H. (2015) Phaenandrogomphus safei, a new species from Sabah, northern Borneo (Odonata: Anisoptera: Gomphidae). Zootaxa 3905 (1) 145-150.

Luke, S.H., Fayle, T.M., Eggleton, P., Turner, E.C., & Davies, R.G. (2014). Functional structure of ant and termite assemblages in old growth forest, logged forest and oil palm plantation in Malaysian Borneo. Biodiversity & Conservation, 23, 2817–2832. doi:10.1007/s10531-014-0750-2

Peh, K.S.-H., Lin, Y., Luke, S.H., Foster, W.A., & Turner, E.C. (2014). Book chapter: Forest fragmentation and ecosystem function. In book: Global Forest Fragmentation, Chapter: 8, Publisher: CABI, Editors: C Kettle, L P Koh, pp.96-114