Professor David Edwards
Tel: +44 (0)114 222 0147
Room E210, Alfred Denny Building
Group website: edwardslab.group.shef.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer in Conservation Science, University of Sheffield (2016-present)
Lecturer in Conservation Science, University of Sheffield (2013-16)
ARC Postdoctoral Fellow, James Cook University (2011-13)
STEP Postdoctoral Fellow, Princeton University (2010-11)
Leverhulme Trust Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Leeds (2007-10)
PhD University of East Anglia (2005)
BSc University of East Anglia (2000)
Key Research Interests
My research focuses on understanding the impacts of land-use change on tropical biodiversity. I am particularly interested in understanding the most effective ways of managing tropical landscapes for biodiversity protection and the mechanisms that can be used to fund protection, although I have a range of interests, including;
- Impacts of logging management on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning.
- Tropical agriculture and sustainability.
- The interaction between climate change and land-use change on extinction risk.
- Cost-effective conservation within the tropics.
- Policy drivers of tropical forest protection, including REDD+ and sustainability labeling.
- Mechanisms of maintenance in mutualism.
Current Research Group
Land-sharing versus land-sparing logging in the Brazilian Amazon (CONACYT)
Cost-effectively enhancing carbon and biodiversity in shifting cultivation under REDD+ (Sheffield, Vice Chancellor's Indian Scholarship)
Impacts of selective logging on mass-abundance scaling
Pamela González del Pliego Castañeda
Interaction of agriculture and chytrid fungus in Tropical Andean amphibians (CONACYT)
Measuring tropical forest degradation and its consequences using satellite data (Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures, co-supervised with S. Quegan)
Global change and the future of avian diversity (NERC, co-supervised with G. Thomas)
Preventing perverse market outcomes from high-yielding tropical crops (Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures)
Managing selective logging to minimize the risk of Amazonian wildfire (Ciencias sem Fronteiras)
Impacts of liberation cutting of climbers on carbon stocks and biodiversity (Malaysia, co-supervised with R. Freckleton)
Planning Amazonian logging to maximize biodiversity retention (NERC)
How does selective logging affect avian physiology? (Belgium, co-supervised with D. Costantini, University of Antwerp)
The value of riparian strips for birds and bats (DICE, co-supervised with M. Struebig, University of Kent)
Impacts of selective logging on climate microrefugia (NERC)
Habitat loss, economics and biodiversity protection in the Indochina biodiversity hotspot (NERC, co-supervised with P. Dolman, University of East Anglia)
Does land sharing or land sparing farming best protect ants in the Tropical Andes?
Spatial prioritization of Amazonian protection from selective logging
Impact of secondary forest recovery on ants in the Tropical Andes
Carlos Chan Miranda
Impact of secondary forest recovery on trees in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest
Quantifying the externalities of rubber
Key recent publications
Socolar, S.J., Gilroy, J.J., Kunin, W.E. & Edwards, D.P. (2016) How should beta-diversity inform biodiversity conservation? Trends in Ecology and Evolution 31: 67-80
Edwards, D.P., Gilroy, J.J., Thomas, G.H., Medina, C.A. & Haugaasen, T. (2015) Land-sparing agriculture best protects avian phylogenetic diversity. Current Biology 25: 2384-2391
Gilroy, J.J., Prescott G.W., Cardenas, J.S., Castaneda, P., Medina, C.A., Haugaasen, T. & Edwards, D.P. (2015) Minimizing the biodiversity impact of Neotropical oil palm development. Global Change Biology 21: 1531-1540
Lewis, S.L., Edwards, D.P. & Galbraith, D. (2015) Increasing human dominance of tropical forests. Science 349: 827-832
Magnago, L., Magrach, A., Laurance, W.F., Martins, S.V., Meira-Neto, J.A., Simonelli, M. & Edwards, D.P. (2015) Would protecting tropical forest fragments provide carbon and biodiversity co-benefits under REDD+? Global Change Biology 9: 3455-3468
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 8:230-241
Edwards, D.P., Gilroy, J.J., Woodcock, P., Edwards, F.A., Larsen, T.H., Andrews, D.J.R., Docherty, T.D.S., Hsu, W.W., Mitchell, S.L., Ota, T., Williams, L., Laurance, W.F., Hamer, K.C. & Wilcove, D.S. (2014) Land-sharing versus land-sparing logging: Reconciling timber extraction with biodiversity conservation. Global Change Biology 20: 183-191
Edwards, D.P., Tobias, J., Sheil, D., Meijaard, E. & Laurance, W.F. (2014) Maintaining ecosystem function and services in logged tropical forests. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 29: 511-520
Gilroy, J.J., Woodcock, P., Edwards, F.A., Wheeler, C.E., Baptiste, B.L.G., Medina, C.A., Haugaasen, T. & Edwards, D.P. (2014) Cheap carbon and biodiversity co-benefits from forest regeneration in a hotspot of endemism. Nature Climate Change 4: 503-507
Edwards, D.P., Larsen, T.H., Docherty, T.D.S., Ansell, F.A., Hsu, W.W., Derhé, M.A., Hamer, K.C. & Wilcove, D.S. (2011) Degraded lands worth protecting: the biological importance of Southeast Asia's repeatedly logged forests. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 278: 82-90