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Department of Zoology



I am currently working as a postdoctoral researcher with the Conservation Evidence group to trial a new method of meta-analysis, developed by Gorm Shackelford, with the aim of synthesising evidence on cassava farming practices. We are developing an online interactive meta-analysis that allows users to filter through evidence to suit their specific conditions ( Prior to this, I was a PhD student in the Insect Ecology Group, where I investigated the impact of management interventions on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in oil palm plantations in Sumatra, Indonesia. In particular, I conducted a large-scale long-term ant suppression experiments and studied the impact of understory vegetation management on mammals, ants, and termite mounds. This work was supervised by Ed Turner, and was conducted at the BEFTA programme.


I am interested in applied ecology and conservation. I'm particularly fascinated by social insects, because they're so unexpectedly weird and ecologically important, and manipulative experiments, because they yield interesting insights into how ecosystems function. I am also interested in science communication and public engagement.

My postdoc is funded by the Leventis Foundation and my PhD was funded by the Whitten Studentship from the Department of Zoology.


Key publications: 

Hood A.S.C.,  Advento A.D., Stone J., Fayle T.M., Fairnie A.L.M., Waters H.S., Foster W.A., Snaddon J.L., Ps S., Caliman J-P., Naim M., & Turner E.C. (2020) Removing understory vegetation in oil palm agroforestry reduces ground-foraging ant abundance but not species richness. Basic & Applied Ecology. DOI: 10.1016/j.baae.2020.07.002 

Hood A.S.C., Pashkevich M.D., Advento A.D., Aryawan A.A.K., Naim M., Caliman J.P., Head J.J. & Turner E.C. (2020) Termite mounds house a diversity of species irrespective of understory vegetation management in oil palm. Biotropica. 00:(1-6). DOI: 10.1111/btp.12754

Hood A.S.C.*, Aryawan A.A.K.*, Advento A.D., Purnomo D., Wahyuningsih R., Luke S.H., Sudharto PS., Snaddon J.L., Foster W.A., Caliman J.P., Turner E.C. & Naim M. (2019) Understory vegetation in oil palm plantations promotes Leopard Cat activity, but does not affect rats or rat damage. Front. For. Glob. Change. 2:51(1-12). DOI: 10.3389/ffgc.2019.00051 *Authors contributed equally to this work.

Other publications: 

Luke S.H., Foster W.A., Advento A.D., Aryawan A.A.K., Adhy D.N., Ashton-Butt A., Barclay H., Drewer J., Dumbrell A., Eycott A.E., Harianja M.F., Hinsch J.A., Hood A.S.C., Kurniawan C., Kurz D.J., Mann D.J., Matthews Nicholass K.J., Naim M., Pashkevich M.D., Prescott G.W.,  Sudharto Ps, Pujianto, Purnomo D., Purwoko R.R., Putra S., Rambe T.D.S., Slade E.M., Soeprapto, Spear D.M., Suhardi, Tan D., Tao H-H., Tarigan R.S., Wahyuningsih R., Waters H.S., Widodo R.H., Woodham C.R., Caliman J-P., Snaddon J.L., & Turner E.C. (2020) The Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function in Tropical Agriculture (BEFTA) Programme: using large-scale experiments to test and develop more-sustainable oil palm management. Front. For. Glob. Change. 2:75(1-20). DOI: 10.3389/ffgc.2019.00075

Eycott A.E., Advento A.D., Waters H.S., Luke S.H., Aryawan A.A.K., Hood A.S.C., Naim M., Sudharto Ps, Pujianto, Purnomo D., Dzulfikar T., Rambe S., Soeprapto, Suhardi, Sionita Tarigan R., Wahyuningsih R., Harto Widodo R., Caliman J-P., Snaddon J.L., Foster W.A. & Turner E.C.  (2019) Resilience of ecological functions to drought in an oil palm agroecosystem. Environ. Res. Commun. 1(101004). DOI: 10.1088/2515-7620/ab48da

Padfield R., Hansen S., Bicknell J., Davies Z., Ehrensperger A., Slade E., Evers S., Papargyropoulou E., Bessou C., Abdullah N., Aplin P., Ancrenaz M., Balqis S., Barclay H., Chellaiah D., Choudhary S., Conway S., Cook S., Copeland A., Campos-Arceiz A., Deere N., Drew S., Gilvear D., Gray R., Haller T., Hood A.S.C., Huat L.K., Huynh N., Kangayatkarasu N., Koh L.P., Kumaran S., Lim R.A.H., Yeong Y.K.L., Lucey J., Luke S., Montefrio M., Mullin K., Nainar A., K.A.I. Nekaris, Nijman V., Nunes M., Nurhidayu S., O'Reilly P., Puan C.L., Ruppert N., Salim H., Schouten G., Tallontire A., Smith T., Tao H., Tham M.H., Varkkey H., Wadey J., Yule C., Sharif B., Sayok A., & Struebig M. (2019) Co-producing knowledge for environmental sustainability: Defining the research agenda for palm oil. Front. For. Glob. Change 2:13(1-17). DOI:10.3389/ffgc.2019.00013

Ashton-Butt, A., Aryawan, A. A., Hood, A.S.C., Naim, M., Purnomo, D., Suhardi, Wahyuningsih R., Willcock S., Poppy G., Caliman J.-P., Turner E., Foster W., Peh K. & Snaddon, J. (2018) Understory vegetation in oil palm plantations benefits soil biodiversity and decomposition rates. Front. For. Glob. Change. 1:10(1-13). DOI:10.3389/ffgc.2018.00010

Redmond C.M., Auga J., Gewa B., Segar S.T., Miller S.E., Molem K., Weiblen G.D., Butterill P.T., Maiyah G., Hood A.S.C., Volf M., Jorge L.R., Basset Y. & Novotny V. (2018) High specialization and limited structural change in plant-herbivore networks along a successional chronosequence in tropical montane forest. Ecography, 42(162-72). DOI:10.1111/ecog.03849

Plowman N.S., Hood A.S.C., Moses J., Redmond C., Novotny V., Klimes P. & Fayle T. (2017) Network reorganization and breakdown of an ant–plant protection mutualism with elevation. Proc. R. Soc. B, 284(1850). DOI:10.1098/rspb.2016.2564


Publications in Review

Hood A.S.C. & Sutherland W.J. (In Review Ecology and Evolution) The data-index: and author-level metric that values impactful data. Preprint DOI: 10.1101/2020.10.20.344226

Shackelford G.E., Martin P.A., Hood A.S.C., Christie A.P., Kulinskaya K., Sutherland W.J. (In Review BMC Biology) Dynamic meta-analysis: a method of using global evidence for local decision making. Preprint DOI: 10.1101/2020.05.18.078840

Sutherland W.J., Taylor N.G., Aldridge D.C., … Hood A.S.C., … White T.B., Willott K. & Petrovan S.O. (In Review Public Health in Practice) A solution scan of societal options to reduce SARS-CoV-2 transmission and spread. Preprint DOI: 10.17605/OSF.IO/CA5RH