Professor Philip H Warren

P H Warren - staff picture

Tel: +44 (0)114 222 0031

Email: p.warren@sheffield.ac.uk

Room E213, Alfred Denny Building



Career

  • BSc  University of Wales at Aberystwyth (1985)
  • DPhil  University of York (1985-1988)
  • Postdoctoral Research Assistant, University of York (1988-1989)
  • Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Imperial College London (1989)
  • Lecturer & Senior Lecturer, Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield (1989-2007)
  • Reader in Ecology, Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield (2008-2012)
  • Professor of Ecology, Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield (2012-present)

Professional Activities

  • Member of the editorial board of Journal of Animal Ecology (1999-2006) and Associate Editor (2006-2012)
  • Advisory Editor for Environmental Conservation
  • Series Editor for the Ecological Reviews book series (British Ecol. Soc & Cambridge Univ. Press)
  • Editorial Board Landscape Research
  • Member of the Council of the British Ecological Society (2003-2006
  • Member of BES Publications Committee (2003-present)
  • Member of the ESF Network: International Advancement of Community Ecology Theory (2001-2004)
  • Member of the Freshwater Biological Association Data and Information Services Advisory Group

Research Interests

Research images (landscape, protists and urban river)


My research is concerned with understanding the structure and function of communities and ecosystems, and the interactions humans have with them. This research considers fundamental questions about biodiversity and how it is maintained, including:

  • What determines how food webs function?
  • How is local diversity affected by environmental factors such as habitat structure and energy input?
  • What are the assembly rules which determine community development? How is local community structure affected by dispersal between communities?

... and more 'applied' questions to do with the ways in humans affect, and are affected by, the environments in which we live and the ecosystem processes upon which we depend. For example:

  • How can we enhance the biodiversity of urban systems, and what are the benefits to doing so?
  • Can provision of more, diverse, or specific types of, greenspace in urban areas enhance human wellbeing and increase environmental sustainability?
  • How can we most effectively maintain, or increase, wetland habitats in agricultural and urban areas to support biodiversity and provide better ecosystem services?

These questions are all are broadly concerned with how, and if, we can make a more sustainable future for humans, and the remarkable ecosystems of which we are part and upon which we depend.  As with most of the major environmental challenges we face, tackling such questions does not just involve ecology, but requires interdisciplinary collaboration with disciplines such as engineering, social science, economics, planning and psychology.

My particular research focus is on urban systems, wetlands, and sometimes both together.  Websites for some of these projects (past and present) can be found here:


Teaching

Positions

  • Programme director for the Ecology degree
  • Senate Award Fellow (2010)
  • Faculty of Science representative - CICS Teaching and Learning Advisory Group; Digital Engagement Group, 301 Student Support Centre

Courses

Development

I am interested in the development and use of IT to support teaching and assessment in ways that increase the scope and effectiveness of teaching. This includes development of online course material to enable independent study and distance learning, and online assessment methods to support large classes and asynchronous study. This work has been supported by grants from the University Learning and Teaching Development Fund (2002, 2008).


Current Research Group

Postdoctoral researcher

Briony Norton: F3UES - Fragments, Functions and Flows: Urban Ecosystem Services

Current Research Students

  • Olivia Richardson: Living highways: biodiversity and ecosystem services in urban roadside greenspace (jointly with Dr Karl Evans, and Amey)
  • Ian Hough: Meeting ecological flow objectives for the WFD in heavily modified water bodies (jointly with Dr James Shucksmith (Civil and Structural Engineering, Dr Helen Moggridge (Geography) and United Utilities)
  • Cat Stokowska: Habitat and landscape influences on community assembly in newly created ponds (Jointly with Professor Lorraine Maltby and the Freshwater Habitats Trust)
  • Kate Orgill: Ecological priorities and real-world governance in the restoration of wetlands in the Humberhead Levels landscape (jointly with Dr Helen Moggridge (Geography) Prof Lorraine Maltby, and Dr Liz Sharp (Urban Studies and Planning))
  • David Anderson: Ecological and hydrological effects of microhydropower installations in the Peak District National Park (Jointly with Dr Helen Moggridge (Geography) and Dr James Shucksmith (Engineering))
  • Miriam Dobson

Technical Staff

Paul Richards: F3UES - Fragments, Functions and Flows: Urban Ecosystem Services


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