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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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Projects 2019 2019

Research Output 2006 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)

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
land cover
vascular plants
Blood Vessels
species diversity
2 Citations (Scopus)

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

Pinus contorta
Pinus contorta var. latifolia
simulation models

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 othersViard, 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)

1 Citation (Scopus)

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
climate change


ResTeach: teaching grant for postdoctoral fellows

Paul Caplat (Recipient), 2011

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2009 2019

Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (External organisation)

Paul Caplat (Reviewer)
Mar 2019

Activity: Membership typesMembership of peer review panel or committee

School of Biological Sciences (Organisational unit)

Paul Caplat (Member)
01 Sep 2019 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership of board

2nd Irish Ecological Association Conference

Paul Caplat (Presenter)
11 Jan 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

The Leverhulme Trust (External organisation)

Paul Caplat (Reviewer)
28 Aug 2019

Activity: Membership typesMembership of peer review panel or committee

Umea University

Paul Caplat (Visiting researcher)
15 Jul 201922 Jul 2019

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution