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I lead a team undertaking biodiversity conservation research in human-modified landscapes to inform conservation strategies with evidence. Research design and dissemination are collaborative, working with land-mangers including farmers, conservation agencies and ngo's.   Our Biodiversity Audit approach quantifies bioregional biodiversity to objectively define priorities across multiple taxa (plants, invertebrates, vertebrates) and analyses their ecological requirements to guide effective conservation delivery at landscape scales. Evidence has transformed management by multiple farm clusters, and spatially targetted implementation of agri-environmental measures.   International programmes focus on management of threatened species, particularly in central and SE Asia.

Key Research Interests

Conservation ecology, habitat management and evidence-based conservation, population processes, captive breeding and population reinforcement, conservation in anthropogenic landscapes.

Selected Publications

  • Burnside, R.J., Salliss, D., Collar, N.J. Dolman, P.M. (2021) Birds use individually consistent temperature cues to time their migration departure. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 118; 28, e2026378118.
  • Hawkes, R.W., Smart, J., Brown, A., Jones, H., Lane, S.A., Lucas, C., McGill, J., Owens, N., Ratier-Backes, A., Webb, J.R., Wells, D., Dolman, P.M. (2020) Experimental evidence that novel land management interventions inspired by history enhance biodiversity. Journal of Applied Ecology.
  • Pedley, S.M., Dolman, P.M. (2020) Arthropod traits and assemblages differ between core patches, transient stepping-stones and landscape corridors. Landscape Ecology,
  • Warren-Thomas, E., Edwards, D.P., Bebber, D.P., Chhang, P., Diment, A.N., Evans, T.D., Lambrick, F.H., late Maxwell, J.F., Menghor, N., O’Kelly, H.J., Theilade, I., Dolman, P.M. (2018) Protecting tropical forests from the rapid expansion of rubber using carbon payments. Nature Communications 9, 911. doi:10.1038/s41467-018-03287-9
  • Fuller, R.J., Williamson, T., Barnes, G., Dolman, P.M. (2017) Human activites and biodiversity opportunities in pre-industrial cultural landscapes: relevance to conservation. Journal of Applied Ecology, 54, 459-469.
  • Dolman, P.M., Collar, N.J., Scotland, K.M., Burnside, R.J. (2015) Ark or park: the need to predict relative effectiveness of ex situ and in situ conservation before attempting captive breeding.  Journal of Applied Ecology doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.12449
  • Eleanor Warren-Thomas, E., Dolman, P.M., Edwards, D.P. (2015) Increasing demand for natural rubber necessitates a robust sustainability initiative to mitigate impacts on tropical biodiversity. Conservation Letters doi:10.1111/conl.12170
  • Yinqiu Ji, Ashton, L., Pedley, S.M., Edwards, D.P. Yong Tang, Nakamura, A., Kitching, R., Dolman, P.M., Woodcock, P., Edwards, F.A., Larsen, T.H., Hsu, W.W., Benedick, S., Hamer, K.C., Wilcove, D.S., Bruce, C., Xiaoyang Wang, Levi, T., Lott, M., Emerson, B.C., Yu, D.W. (2013) Reliable, verifiable and efficient monitoring of biodiversity via metabarcoding. Ecology Letters, 16, 1245–1257. doi: 10.1111/ele.12162
  • Dolman, P.M., Panter, C.J., Mossman, H.L. (2012) The biodiversity audit approach challenges regional priorities and identifies a mismatch in conservation. Journal of Applied Ecology 49, 986–997.  doi/10.1111/j.1365-2664.2012.02174.x
  • Wright, H.L., Lake, I.R., Dolman, P.M. (2012). Agriculture - a key element for conservation in the developing world. Conservation Letters 5, 11-19. doi: 10.1111/j.1755-263X.2011.00208.x
  • Sutherland, W.J., Pullin, A.S., Dolman, P.M., Knight, T.M. (2004). The need for evidence-based conservation. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 19, 305-308. doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2004.03.018

Publications: EPrints Digital Repository

Teaching Interests

I teach two interdisciplinary conservation modules to undergraduate and post-graduate MSc students of Environmental Sciences and Applied Ecologuy. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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