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Department of Zoology



A native of the biodiverse state of Louisiana (USA), I have long cultivated interests in ecology and conservation. I completed my undergraduate degree (B.S. in Biological Sciences) at Loyola University New Orleans. I am currently finishing my PhD in the Insect Ecology Group. My PhD is funded by the Gates Cambridge Trust.

In addition to my research, I am also passionate about developing the interests and knowledge of kids who are enthusiastic about science, particularly those who stem from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in the natural sciences.


My research interests are focused on sustainable agricultural management in the tropics. During my PhD, I studied how management affects environmental conditions and arthropods in oil palm systems. Specifically, I studied the effects of replanting, and protecting and restoring areas of land that surround waterways (i.e. "riparian buffers") in oil palm plantations in Sumatra. My research is part of the BEFTA Programme.

In October 2021, I will start as the Marshall Sherfield Fellow in the Insect Ecology Group, starting a new project to study differences in socioecological conditions across land use systems in Liberia. This collaborative research project is being conducted with industry, academic, and local partners. I will additionally be a junior research fellow at St Edmund's College.


Key publications: 

Pashkevich, M.D., Aryawan, A.A.K., Luke, S.H., Dupérré, N., Waters, H.S., Caliman, J-P., Naim, M., Turner, E.C. (2021) Assessing the impacts of oil palm replanting on arthropod biodiversity. Journal of Applied Ecology. 00:(1-17). DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.13749

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

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


Publications in Review:

Pashkevich, M.D., Luke, S.H., Aryawan, A.A.K., Waters, H.S., Caliman, J-P., Dupérré, N., Naim, M., Potapov, A.M., Turner, E.C. Riparian buffers made of mature oil palms have inconsistent impacts on oil palm ecosystems. (In Review:  Ecological Applications).

Pashkevich, M.D., d'Albertas, F., Aryawan, A.A.K., Buchori, D., Caliman, J-P., González Chaves, A.D., Hidayat, P., Kreft, H., Naim, M., Razafimahatratra, A., Turner, E.C., Zemp, D.C., Luke, S.H. Time to restore tropical agriculture. (In Review:  Journal of Applied Ecology).

PhD Candidate


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