APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN FOR A MALAYSIAN PHD STUDENTSHIP! "Impacts of experimental forest fragmentation and land-use change on ant
communities in tropical rainforest" Deadline for applications June 14th 2018 [further details]

My name is Tom Fayle. I am an ecologist, with interests in community ecology, conservation biology and behavioural ecology. I study how interactions between species build up to form networks, and the manner in which those networks then respond to variation in the environment. My work focuses on tropical ants, but I also study a range of other groups. I am currently a Principal Investigator at the Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic. My fieldwork takes me to Malaysian Borneo and Papua New Guinea.


Some recent publications

Plowman N., Hood A., Moses J., Redmond C., Novotny V., Klimes P. & Fayle T.M. (2017) Network reorganisation and breakdown of an ant-plant protection mutualism with elevation. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 284: 20162564 [PDF]

Nakamura A., Kitching R.L., Cao M., Creedy T.J., Fayle T.M., Freiberg M., Hewitt C.N., Itioka T., Koh L.P., Ma K., Mahli Y., Mitchell A., Novotny V., Ozanne C.M.P., Song L., Wang H., & Ashton L. (2017) Forests and their canopies: achievements and horizons in canopy science. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 32: 438–451 [PDF]

Colwell R.K., Gotelli N.J., Ashton L.A., Beck J., Brehm G., Fayle T.M., Fiedler K., Forister M.L., Kessler M., Kitching R.L., Klimes P., Klugen J., Longino J.T., Maunsell S.C., McCain C.M., Moses J., Noben S., Sam K., Sam L., Shapiro A.M., Wang X., and Novotny V. (2016) Midpoint attractors and species richness: Modelling the interaction between environmental drivers and geometric constraints. Ecology Letters 19: 1009–1022 [PDF]

Fayle T.M., Turner E.C., Bassett Y., Ewers R.M., Reynolds G. & Novotny V. (2015) Whole-ecosystem experimental manipulations of tropical forests. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 30: 334–346 [PDF]

Fayle T.M., Eggleton P., Manica A., Yusah K.M. & Foster W.A. (2015) Experimentally testing and assessing the predictive power of species assembly rules for tropical canopy ants. Ecology Letters 18: 254-262 [PDF]