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Dr Amy Elizabeth Eycott


I am a forest ecologist working on topics including tropical forest diversity and data synthesis. My PhD was on “Plant population and community dynamics in forest mosaic landscapes”, at the University of East Anglia. After this, I worked at Forest Research (part of the Forestry Commission) as a GIS analyst and landscape ecologist. Here I worked on predicting, measuring and improving forest connectivity in the UK. During this time, I also lived briefly in Poland: a six-month EU FP7-funded fellowship at the Mammal Research Institute, Polish Academy of Sciences which is in the famous Bialowieza Forest, last refuge of the European bison.

I then moved to the University of Bergen where I have worked as a postdoc and researcher on the impacts of forest disturbance and fragmentation on a range of species, including butterflies, birds, trees and ferns. An overarching pattern we have found is that specialist species are replaced with generalists, both with increasing isolation and with increasing time – in relatively static or even ‘recovering’ forest landscapes. I’ve also worked on seed dispersal by sheep and goats in the coastal heaths and fjord landscapes around Bergen, and on long-term resampled datasets looking at the interactions of land-use and climate change.

I moved to Cambridge in March 2017. I’m really excited about working on the BEFTA project, particularly expanding my understanding of tropical systems to the study sites in Indonesia. 

Research Interests

My research interests are biodiversity dynamics, forest ecosystems, seed dispersal and landscape ecology.


  • Insect Ecology

Key Publications

Eycott, A.E., Esaete, J., Reiniö, J., Telford, R.J., & Vandvik, V. (2016) Plant functional group responses in an African tropical forest recovering from disturbance. Plant Ecology and Diversity 9: 69-80.

Albert, A., Auffret, A.G., Cosyns, E., Cousins, S.A.O., D'Hondt, B., Eichberg, C., Eycott, A.E., Heinken, T., Hoffmann, M., Jaroszewicz, B., Malo, J.E., Mårell, A., Mouissie, M., Pakeman, R.J., Picard, M., Plue, J., Poschlod, P., Provoost, S., Schulze, K.A., Baltzinger, C. (2015). Seed dispersal by ungulates as an ecological filter: a trait-based meta-analysis. Oikos 124: 1109-1120. Editor’s Choice.

Esaete, J., Eycott, A.E., Reinö, J., Telford, R.J., Vandvik, V. (2014). The seed and fern spore bank of a recovering African tropical forest. Biotropica 46: 677-686.

Eycott, A.E., Stewart, G., Buyung-Ali, L., Bowler, D., Watts, K. & Pullin, A. (2012). A meta-analysis on the impact of different matrix structures on species movement rates. Landscape Ecology 27: 1263-1278. This paper was cited in the IPCC WGII AR5 report, 2014.

Watts, K., Eycott, A.E., Handley, P., Ray, D., Humphrey, J.W., & Quine, C.P. (2010). Targeting and evaluating biodiversity conservation action within fragmented landscapes: an approach based on generic focal species and least-cost networks. Landscape Ecology 25: 1305-1318.

Eycott, A.E., Watkinson, A.R. and Dolman, P.M. (2006). Ecological patterns of plant diversity in a plantation forest managed by clearfelling. Journal of Applied Ecology 43: 1161-1171.


Other Publications

Uwimbabazi, M., Eycott, A. E., Babweteera, F., Sande, E., Telford, R. J., & Vandvik, V. (In press). Avian guild assemblages in forest fragments around Budongo Forest Reserve, western Uganda. Ostrich.

Jaroszewicz, B., Bobiec, A. & Eycott, A. E. (2017). Lack of demographic equilibrium indicates natural, large-scale forest dynamics, not a problematic forest conservation policy - a reply to Brzeziecki et al. (2016). Journal of Vegetation Science 28: 218-222.

Barsoum, N., Coote, L., Eycott, A. E., Lauren, F., Kiewitt, A. and Davies, R. G. (2016). Diversity, functional structure and functional redundancy of woodland plant communities: how do mixed tree species plantations compare with monocultures? Forest Ecology and Management 382: 244-256.

Nogué, S., Long, P.R., Eycott, A.E., Nascimento, L.d., Palacios, J.M.F., Petrokofsky, G., Vandvik, V., & Willis, K.J. (2016). Pollination service delivery for European crops: challenges and opportunities. Ecological Economics 128: 1-7.

Cromsigt, J.P.G.M., Kuijper, D.P.J., Adam, M., Beschta, R.L., Churski, M., Eycott, A.E., Kerley, G.I.H., Mysterud, A., Schmidt, K. & West, K. (2013). Hunting for fear: innovating management of human-wildlife conflicts. Journal of Applied Ecology 50: 544-549.

Eycott, A.E., Daleszczyk, K., Drese, J., Cantero, A.S., Pèbre, J. & Gladys, S. (2013). Defecation rate in captive European bison, Bison bonasus. Acta Theriologica 58: 387-390.

Jackson, B., Pagella, T., Sinclair, F., Orellana, B., Henshaw, A., Reynolds, B., McIntyre, N., Wheater, H. & Eycott, A.E. (2013). Polyscape: A GIS mapping framework providing efficient and spatially explicit landscape-scale valuation of multiple ecosystem services. Landscape and Urban Planning 112: 74-88.

Bulafu, C., Baranga, D., Eycott, A.E., Mucunguzi, P., Telford, R., & Vandvik, V. (2013). Structural changes are more important than compositional changes in driving biomass loss in Ugandan forest fragments. Journal of Tropical Forestry and Environment 3: 23-38.

Eycott, A.E., Marzano, M. & Watts, K. (2011). Filling evidence gaps with expert opinion: The use of Delphi analysis in least-cost modelling of functional connectivity. Landscape and Urban Planning 103: 400-409.

Eycott, A.E., Watkinson, A.R., Hemami, M.-R. & Dolman, P.M. (2007). The dispersal of vascular plants in a forest mosaic by a guild of mammalian herbivores. Oecologia 154: 107-118.

Eycott, A.E., Watkinson, A.R. and Dolman, P.M. (2006). The soil seedbank of a lowland conifer forest: the impacts of clear-fell management and implications for heathland restoration. Forest Ecology and Management 237: 280-289.