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Department of Zoology

 

My research is focused on evidence synthesis: systematic reviews of scientific studies about biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services, especially in agricultural ecosystems. I am developing new methods of evidence synthesis, including an online system for interactive meta-analysis that allows users to filter the global evidence base to find results that are relevant to their local conditions (www.metadataset.com). I am also interested in developing automated methods of evidence synthesis, using machine learning (www.x-risk.net), and using subject-wide evidence synthesis in combination with multi-criteria decision analysis to develop evidence-based tools for decision makers (http://mcda.metadataset.com/mediterranean/). I am working in collaboration with Conservation Evidence (www.conservationevidence.com) and BioRISC (the Biosecurity Research Initiative at St Catharine’s College, www.biorisc.com) to synthesize evidence for the effectiveness of management practices for invasive species.

Publications

Key publications: 

Shackelford, G.E., Kelsey, R., Dicks, L.V. (2019) Effects of cover crops on multiple ecosystem services: Ten meta-analyses of data from arable farmland in California and the Mediterranean Land Use Policy 88: 104204. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2019.104204

 

Shackelford, G.E., Kelsey, R., Sutherland, W.J., Kennedy, C.M., Wood, S.A., Gennet, S., Karp, D.S., Kremen, C., Seavy, N.E., Jedlicka, J.A., Gravuer, K., Kross, S.M., Bossio, D.A., Muñoz-Sáez, A., LaHue, D.G., Garbach, K., Ford, L.D., Felice, M., Reynolds, M.D., Rao, D.R., Boomer, K., LeBuhn, G., Dicks, L.V. (2019) Evidence synthesis as the basis for decision analysis: a method of selecting the best agricultural practices for multiple ecosystem services Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems 3: 83. https://doi.org/10.3389/fsufs.2019.00083

 

Shackelford, G.E., Haddaway, N.R., Usieta, H.O., Pypers, P., Petrovan, S.O., Sutherland, W.J. (2018) Cassava farming practices and their agricultural and environmental impacts: a systematic map protocol Environmental Evidence 7: 30. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13750-018-0142-2

 

Shackelford, G.E., Kelsey, R., Robertson, R.J., Williams, D., 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. http://www.conservationevidence.com/synopsis/download/15

 

Shackelford, G.E., Steward, P.R., German, R.N., Sait, S.M. Benton, T.G. (2015), Conservation planning in agricultural landscapes: hotspots of conflict between agriculture and nature. Diversity and Distributions, 21: 357–367. http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.1111/ddi.12291

 

Shackelford, G., Steward, P.R., Benton, T.G., Kunin, W.E., Potts, S.G., Biesmeijer, J.C. 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. http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.1111/brv.12040

Post-Doctoral Research Associate
Gorm Shackelford

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