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Research Statement

I develop approaches to understand and predict species' dynamics in a world of continuous change: temperature rise, land-use get intensified in some areas while others are abandoned, species are moved from one continent to another. 
To achieve this, I use a combination of modelling and data analysis to reveal how species’ life-histories interact with environmental conditions and human intervention, to produce large-scale ecological patterns. I favour models as tools to address these questions for theoretical or applied studies. I juggle between modelling techniques to best approach the problem at hand, but I like those emphasizing mechanisms

My work has a strong theoretical component, but is dedicated to providing tools to understand, predict, and manage the ecological aspects of global change. As a consequence my research is developed along two themes: 1) linking local processes to large-scale patterns, and 2) help manage species and landscapes.

For instance, I try to predict how species distributions will change with climate change; how farming or forestry practices impact biodiversity; how biodiversity contributes to ecosystem services.

Research Interests

Spatial ecology; Macroecology; Landscape ecology; Invasion biology; Population biology; Bayesian Inference; Individual-based models; trees; birds;


BIO3206 "Conservation biology" - I developed this module to offer third year students an opportunity to deepen their understanding of ecological concepts and methods relevant for conservation, through interactive lectures, workshops and group work.

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Research Output

Land cover drives large scale productivity-diversity relationships in Irish vascular plants

White, H. J., Gaul, W., Sadykova, D., León-Sánchez, L., Caplat, P., Emmerson, M. C. & Yearsley, J. M., 31 May 2019, In : PeerJ. 7, 5, 21 p., e7035.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    76 Downloads (Pure)

    Simulation model suggests that fire promotes lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta) invasion in Patagonia

    Davis, K. T., Maxwell, B. D., Caplat, P., Pauchard, A. & Nuñez, M. A., 23 Mar 2019, In : Biological Invasions.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    4 Downloads (Pure)

    Status, trends and future dynamics of bio diversity and ecosystems under pinning nature’s contributions to people

    Visconti, P., Elias, V., Sousa Pinto, I., Fischer, M., Ali-Zade, V., Baldi, A., Brucet, S., Bukvareva, E., Byrne, K., Caplat, P., Feest, A., Gozlan, R., Jelic, D., Kikvidze, Z., Lavrillier, A., Le Roux, X., Lipka, O., Petrik, P., Shatz, B., Smelansky, I. & 1 others, Viard, F., 2018, The IPBES Regional Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services for Europe and Central Asia. Rounsevell, M., Fischer, M., Torre-Marin Rando, A. & Mader, A. (eds.). Bonn, 892 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

    Equipped to cope with climate change: Traits associated with range filling across European taxa

    Estrada, A., Morales-Castilla, I., Meireles, C., Caplat, P. & Early, R., 21 Aug 2017, In : Ecography. 40, 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    134 Downloads (Pure)


    Best Poster at the British Ecological Society Annual Meeting

    Kerri-Ann Armstrong (Recipient) & Paul Caplat (Recipient), Dec 2019

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    Best student poster at British Ecological Society meeting 2019

    Kerri-Ann Armstrong (Recipient), Eimear Rooney (Recipient), Sarah Helyar (Recipient), Mark Emmerson (Recipient) & Paul Caplat (Recipient), 2019

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • ResTeach: teaching grant for postdoctoral fellows

    Paul Caplat (Recipient), 2011

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


    PhD Internal Examiner

    Paul Caplat (Examiner)
    Jan 2020

    Activity: Examination typesOther examination

    REF peer review process (Event)

    Paul Caplat (Reviewer)
    Jan 2020

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of peer review panel or committee

    Agence Nationale De La Recherche (External organisation)

    Paul Caplat (Board Member)
    Jan 2020

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of peer review panel or committee

    SBS Assessment Working Group (External organisation)

    Paul Caplat (Advisor)
    2020 → …

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of national or international committees and working groups

    School of Biological Sciences (Organisational unit)

    Paul Caplat (Member)
    01 Sep 2019 → …

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of board