Professor Mark Rees

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Tel: +44 (0)114 222 4378


Room C214, Alfred Denny Building


Lecturer, then Reader Imperial College, London (1995-2004)

Professor, Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield (2004-present)

Key Research Interests

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  • Evolution of plant reproductive strategies - when and at what size to flower
  • Evolution of seed size and dormancy
  • Modelling management strategies for weed populations
  • Physiology and life history consequences of growth-survival trade-offs
  • Population biology of invasive plants
  • Modelling structured populations using integral projection models

Professional Activities

Member of BES

Editorial role: Journal of Evolutionary Biology


ACRE (Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment, 1999-2003, 2003-2005, 2005-present)

NERC Peer Review College (2003-present)

Faculty of 1000 Biology.

Publications (2001-05)

Rose, K.E., S. Louda, & M. Rees (2005). Demographic and evolutionary impacts of native and invasive insect herbivores: A case study with Platte thistle, Cirsium canescens. Ecology, 86, 453-465.

Levine, J.M. & M. Rees (2004). Effects of temporal variability on rare plant persistence in annual systems. American Naturalist 164, 350-363.

Rees, M., Childs, D.Z., Rose, K.E. & P.J. Grubb (2004). Evolution of size dependent flowering in a variable environment: Partitioning the effects of fluctuating selection. Proceedings of the Royal Society, 271, 471-475.

Childs, D.Z., Rees, M., Rose, K.E., Grubb, P.J. & S.P. Ellner (2004). Evolution of size dependent flowering in a variable environment: Construction and analysis of a stochastic integral projection model. Proceedings of the Royal Society, 271, 425-434.

Childs, D.Z., Rees, M., Rose, K.E., Grubb, P.J. & S.P. Ellner (2003). Evolution of Complex Flowering Strategies: An Age and Size-Structured Integral Projection Model. Proceedings of the Royal Society 270, 1829-1839.

Metcalf, J.C., Rose, K.E. & M. Rees (2003). Evolutionary Demography of Monocarpic Perennials. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 18, 471-480.

Buckley, Y.M., Downey, P., Fowler, S.V., Hill, R., Memmott, J., Norambuena, H., Pitcairn, M., Shaw, R., Sheppard, A.W., Winks, C., Wittenberg, R. & M. Rees. (2003) Global patterns of seed size variation in invasive plants. Ecology 84, 1434-1440.

Levine, J.M. & M. Rees (2002). Coexistence and relative abundance in annual plant assemblages: The roles of competition and colonisation. American Naturalist 160, 452-467.


APS122 Biodiversity

APS262 Biology Projects practical

APS306 Tropical Biology Rain Forest Field Course

APS342 Evolutionary Biology

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