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Department of Zoology



I am interested in the management of multiple ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes (such as pest regulation, soil conservation, biodiversity conservation, and food production). I am investigating these ecosystem services through systematic reviews of scientific studies, meta-analysis, and geospatial analysis, with a focus on minimizing conservation conflicts and maximizing agricultural sustainability. I am also using machine learning to identify relevant publications for inclusion in systematic reviews.


Key publications: 

Shackelford, G. E., Kelsey, R., Robertson, R. J., Williams, D., and Dicks, L. V. (2017), Sustainable Agriculture in California and Mediterranean Climates: Evidence for the effects of selected interventions. Synopses of Conservation Evidence Series. University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK.


Shackelford, G. E., Steward, P. R., German, R. N., Sait, S. M. and Benton, T. G. (2015), Conservation planning in agricultural landscapes: hotspots of conflict between agriculture and nature. Diversity and Distributions, 21: 357–367.


Shackelford, G., Steward, P. R., Benton, T. G., Kunin, W. E., Potts, S. G., Biesmeijer, J. C. and Sait, S. M. (2013), Comparison of pollinators and natural enemies: a meta-analysis of landscape and local effects on abundance and richness in crops. Biological Reviews, 88: 1002–1021.

Post-Doctoral Research Associate