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Dr Sarah Luke

Dr Sarah Luke

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Museum Room G. 21

Office Phone: 01223 (7)65409

Research Group

Insect Ecology Group:
Postdoctoral Research Associate

Research Interests

I am interested in the effects of habitat change on biodiversity and ecosystem functions, and development of possible strategies for conservation. My previous work has considered the impacts of selective logging and conversion of forest to oil palm plantations in Southeast Asia on terrestrial and freshwater invertebrates. My current research focuses on strategies for striking a balance between production and conservation in oil palm-dominated landscapes. I am involved in ongoing projects based in Sabah, Malaysia and in Sumatra, Indonesia, to test the value of understory vegetation, riparian buffer strips of different widths, and riparian buffer strip restoration for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem function as well as potential impacts on yield.

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Key Publications

Luke, S.H., Barclay, H., Bidin, K., Chey, V.K., Ewers, R.M., Foster, W.A., Nainar, A., Pfeifer, M., Reynolds, G., Turner, E.C., Walsh, R.P.D., Aldridge, D.C., (2017). The effects of catchment and riparian forest quality on stream environmental conditions across a tropical rainforest and oil palm landscape in Malaysian Borneo. Ecohydrology e1827. doi:10.1002/eco.1827

Luke, S.H., Dow, R.A., Butler, S., Vun Khen, C., Aldridge, D.C., Foster, W.A., Turner, E.C., (2017). The impacts of habitat disturbance on adult and larval dragonflies (Odonata) in rainforest streams in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. Freshw. Biol. 62, 491–506. doi:10.1111/fwb.12880

Ewers, R.M., Boyle, M.J.W., Gleave, R.A., Plowman, N.S., Benedick, S., Bernard, H., Bishop, T.R., Bakhtiar, E.Y., Chey, V.K., Chung, A.Y.C., Davies, R.G., Edwards, D.P., Eggleton, P., Fayle, T.M., Hardwick, S.R., Homathevi, R., Kitching, R.L., Khoo, M.S., Luke, S.H., March, J.J., Nilus, R., Pfeifer, M., Rao, S. V, Sharp, A.C., Snaddon, J.L., Stork, N.E., Struebig, M.J., Wearn, O.R., Yusah, K.M., Turner, E.C., (2015). Logging cuts the functional importance of invertebrates in tropical rainforest. Nat. Commun. 6, 1–7. doi:10.1038/ncomms7836

Luke, S.H., Fayle, T.M., Eggleton, P., Turner, E.C., & Davies, R.G. (2014). Functional structure of ant and termite assemblages in old growth forest, logged forest and oil palm plantation in Malaysian Borneo. Biodiversity & Conservation, 23, 2817–2832. doi:10.1007/s10531-014-0750-2

Other Publications

Májeková, M., T. Paal, N. S. Plowman, Bryndová, M., Kasari, L., Norberg, A., Weiss, M., Bishop, T. R., Luke, S. H., Sam, K., Le Bagousse-Pinguet, Y., Lepš, J., Götzenberger, L., de Bello, F. (2016). Evaluating Functional Diversity: Missing Trait Data and the Importance of Species Abundance Structure and Data Transformation. PLoS One 11: e0149270. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0149270

Dow, R.A. and Luke, S.H. (2015). Phaenandrogomphus safei, a new species from Sabah, northern Borneo (Odonata: Anisoptera: Gomphidae). Zootaxa 3905 (1) 145-150.

Peh, K.S.-H., Lin, Y., Luke, S.H., Foster, W.A., & Turner, E.C. (2014). Book chapter: Forest fragmentation and ecosystem function. In book: Global Forest Fragmentation, Chapter: 8, Publisher: CABI, Editors: C Kettle, L P Koh, pp.96-114