Dr Tonya Lander

Research Interests

Landscape ecology, pollination, genetic conservation, land management

The global decline of pollinators, linked to the loss of native ecosystems, constitutes a serious threat to ecosystem function and human food security. There is a dearth of empirical research combining data about landscape, pollinator movement, and pollen flow, and yet this information is essential for effective management and conservation plans. I use direct insect tracking technologies to improve our understanding of movement patterns of pollinators in relation to the spatial distribution of resources. The aim is to provide guidance that will help to protect pollinators, the plants they pollinate, and pollination services in human-modified landscapes. I am also a member of the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food.

Publications
  • Impact of habitat loss and fragmentation on reproduction, dispersal and species persistence for an endangered Chilean tree

  • Using molecular markers to investigate genetic diversity, mating system and gene flow of Neotropical trees

  • Conservation of Brosimum alicastrum, an underutilized crop and keystone forest tree species; a potential win–win for conservation and development in Latin America

  • Reconstruction of a windborne insect invasion using a particle dispersal model, historical wind data, and Bayesian analysis of genetic data

  • Landscape genetics since 2003: status, challenges and future directions

  • Fragmentation, landscape functionalities and connectivity

  • Interpreting realized pollen flow in terms of pollinator travel paths and land-use resistance in heterogeneous landscapes

  • Microwave drying of plant material for herbarium specimens and genetic analysis

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