• Queen Mary University of London, UK: Senior Lecturer in Ecology (2021-present)

Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic: Senior Research Scientist (2020-present)

• University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic: Research Scientist (2016-2018)

Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic: Research Scientist (2014-2019)

• Imperial College London, UK: Research Associate (2014-2017)

Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Malaysia: Affiliated Research Fellow (2014-2021)

University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic: Postdoctoral Researcher (2011-2014)

Imperial College London, UK: Postdoctoral Researcher (2011-2014)

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama: Visiting Fellow (2012)

Natural History Museum, London, UK: Postdoctoral Researcher (2010-2011)

University of Cambridge, UK: Affiliated Researcher (2010-2011)


2005-2009 PhD
Insect Ecology Group, University Museum of Zoology, University of Cambridge, UK

2004-2005 MPhil
Conservation Biology Group, Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, UK

2000-2003 MA (Hons) Natural Sciences (Zoology)
Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge, UK 1st (Rank 5/87)


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2024 & in press

Asmah S., Soo C.L., Fayle T.M. & Yusah, K.M. (in press) Diversity and composition of arboreal ants (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) in relation to experimental forest fragmentation in Kalabakan, Sabah. Malayan Nature Journal

Bouchard E., GFBI consortium of 100 authors (including Fayle T.M.) & Paquette A. (In press). Global patterns and environmental drivers of forest functional composition. Global Ecology and Biogeography

Granville N.R., Barclay M.V.L., Boyle M.J.W., Chung A.Y.C., Coomes D., Dalponte M., Fayle T.M., Hardwick J.L., Jucker T., Kinneen L., Kitching R.L., Manusell S.C., Miller J.A., Milodowski D.T., Sharp A.C., Stork; N.E., Swinfield T., Yusah K.M, Ewers R.M. (In press) Stochastic dispersal assembly dominates tropical invertebrate community assembly regardless of land use intensity. Oikos


Flynn T., Tuma J., Fayle T.M., Veselá H. & Frouz J. (2023) Changes in soil chemical properties and their spatial distribution after logging and conversion to oil palm plantation in Sabah (Borneo) Journal of Tropical Ecology 39: E36 [PDF]

Ma H., Crowther T.W., GFBI consortium of 230 co-authors (including Fayle T.M.) & Zohner C.M. (2023) The global biogeography of tree leaf form and habit. Nature Plants 6: 1795–1809 [PDF]

Mo L., Zohner C.M. et al, GFBI consortium of 231 co-authors (including Fayle T.M) & Crowther T.W. (2023) A comprehensive global assessment of the natural forest carbon potential Nature: 624: 92-101 [PDF]

Moses L., Peters MK, Tiede Y, Mottl O, Donoso D.A., Farwig N, Fayle TM, Novotny V, Sanders NJ, & Klimes P. (2023) Nutrient use by tropical ant communities varies among three extensive elevational gradients: a cross-continental comparison. Global Ecology and Biogeography 32: 2212-2229 [PDF]

Delavaux C.S., Crowther T.W., GFBI consortium of 223 co-authors (including Fayle T.M.) & Maynard D.S. (2023b) Author Correction: Native diversity buffers against severity of non-native tree invasions. Nature 622, E2 [PDF]

Delavaux C.S., Crowther T.W., GFBI consortium of 223 co-authors (including Fayle T.M.) & Maynard D.S. (2023) Native diversity buffers against severity of non-native tree invasions Nature 621: 773–781 [PDF]

Hordijk I., Manard D.S., GFBI consortium of 218 co-authors (including Fayle T.M.) & Crowther T.W. et al (2023) Evenness mediates the global relationship between forest productivity and richness. Journal of Ecology 111:1308–1326 [PDF]

Houadria M.Y.I., Barone G., Fayle T.M., Schmidt T., Konik P., & Feldhaar H. (2023) An experimental, behavioral, and chemical analysis of food limitations in mutualistic Crematogaster ant symbionts inhabiting Macaranga host plants. Ecology and Evolution 13: e9760 [PDF]


Fayle T.M. & Klimes P. (2022) Improving global estimates of ant biomass and abundance. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 119: e2214825119 [PDF]

Advento AD, Yusah KM, Naim M, Caliman J-P & Fayle TM (2022) Which protein source is best for mass-rearing of Asian weaver ants? Journal of Tropical Biology and Conservation 19: 93-107 [PDF]

Liang, J. et al, GFBI consortium of 164 co-authors including Fayle T.M., & Hui C. (2022) Co-limitation towards lower latitudes shapes global forest diversity gradients Nature Ecology and Evolution 6: 1423–1437 [PDF]

Xing S., Hood A.S.C., Dial R. J. & Fayle T.M. (2022). Species turnover in ant assemblages is greater horizontally than vertically in the world's tallest tropical forest. Ecology and Evolution 12: e9158 [PDF]

Advento AD., Yusah K.M., Salim H., Naim M., Caliman J-P. & Fayle T.M. (2022) The first record of the myrmecophilous caterpillar Liphyra brasollis in weaver ant nests in oil palm plantations Biodiversity Data Journal 10: e83842 [PDF]

Tuma J., Frouz J., Veselá H., Krivohlavý F. & Fayle T.M. (2022) The impacts of tropical mound-building social insects on soil properties vary across taxa and with habitat degradation. Applied Soil Ecology 179: 104576 [PDF]

Cazzolla Gatti R., Reich P.B., GFBI consortium of 113 co-authors including Fayle T.M., & Liang, J. (2022). The number of tree species on Earth. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 119: e2115329119 [PDF]

Cazzolla Gatti R., Reich P.B., GFBI consortium of 113 co-authors including Fayle T.M., & Liang, J. (2022). Correction for Cazzolla Gatti et al., The number of tree species on Earth. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 119: e2202784119 [PDF]


Xing S. & Fayle T.M. (2021) The rise of ecological network meta-analyses: problems and prospects. Global Ecology and Conservation 30: e01805 [PDF]

Klimes P., Bishop, T., Fayle T.M. & Xing, S. (2021) Reported climate change impacts on cloud forest ants are driven by sampling bias: a critical evaluation of Warne et al. (2020) Biotropica 53: 982-986 [PDF]

Wasti I.G., Khan F.A.A., Bernard H., Hassan NH, Fayle T.M. & Seelan J.S.S. (2021) Fungal communities in bat guano, speloethem surfaces, and cavern water in Madai cave, northern Borneo, Malaysia. Mycology 12: 188-202 [PDF]

Edwards F.A, Edwards D., Hamer K.C. & Fayle T.M. (2021) Tropical land-use change alters trait-based community assembly rules for dung beetles and birds. Oecologia 195: 705-17 [PDF]

Moses J., Fayle T.M., Novotny V. & Klimes P (2021) Elevation and leaf litter interact in determining the structure of ant communities on a tropical mountain. Biotropica 53: 906-919 [PDF]

Boyle M.J.W., Bishop T.R., Luke S.H., van Breugel M., Evans T.A., Pfeifer M., Fayle T.M., Hardwick S.R., Lane-Shaw R.I., Yusah K.M., Ashford I., Ashford O., Garnet E., Turner E.C., Wilkinson C.L., Chung A.Y. & Ewers R.E. (2021) Localised climate change defines ant communities in human-modified tropical landscapes. Functional Ecology 35: 1094-1108 [PDF]

Zahra S., Novotny V. & Fayle T.M. (2021) Do reverse Janzen-Connell effects reduce species diversity? Trends in Ecology and Evolution 36: 387-390 [PDF]

Sutton S., van der Linden C., Fayle T.M., Yusah K., Biun A., Chung A.Y. Banati L., Sepanggi N., Eting L. Yu F.T.Y. Foronda P., Taradas S. Ginsos J., Whitaker T. Jisimin & Parenti, J. (2021) Troides andromache Staudinger 1892: The natural history and conservation of the Kinabalu or Borneo birdwing butterfly past, present and future. Malayan Nature Journal 81st Anniversary Special Issue: 157-172 [PDF]

Burger H.F., Vondrácková K., Sklodowski M., Koid Q-Q., Dent D.H., Wallace K. & Fayle T.M. (2021) Protection from herbivores varies among ant genera for the myrmecophilic plant Leea aculeata in Malaysian Borneo. Asian Myrmecology 14: e014002 [PDF]

Butterill P.T., Re Jorge L., Xing S. & Fayle T.M. (2021) LifeWebs: A (global) database of bipartite ecological interaction networks. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 5: e75626 [PDF]


Fayle T.M. (2020) Varying richness need not imply non-random species co-occurrence: implications for specifying null models. bioRxiv doi: 10.1101/2020.11.04.367839 [PDF] [Suppl. Mat.] [Code]

Bladon A.J., Lewis M., Bladon E.K., Buckton S., Corbett S., Ewing S., Hayes M.P., Hitchcock G., Knock R., Lucas C., McVeigh A., Menendez-Martinez R., Walker J., Fayle T.M., Turner E.C. (2020) How butterflies keep their cool: physical and ecological traits influence thermoregulatory ability and population trends. Journal of Animal Ecology 89: 2440-2450 [PDF]

Segar S.T., Fayle T.M., Srivastava D.S., Lewinsohn T.M., Lewis O.T., Novotny V., Kitching R. L., & Maunsell S.C. (2020) On the perils of ignoring evolution in networks. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 35: 858-866 [PDF]

Hood A.S.C., Stone J., Advento A.D., Fayle T.M., Fairnie A.L.M., Waters H.S., Foster W.A., Snaddon J.L., Sudharto Ps, Caliman J-P, Naim M & Turner EC (2020) Removing understory vegetation in oil palm plantations reduces ground-foraging ant abundance but not species richness. Basic and Applied Ecology 48: 1-11 [PDF]

Houadria M.Y.I, Feldhaar H, Fiala B, Lestina D, Chung A, Salleh A, Justin H, Kokorova P & Fayle T.M. (2020) Reduced benefits of ant occupation for ant-plants in oil palm compared with heavily logged forest. Symbiosis 81:79–91 [PDF]

Zohner C.M. et al, GFBI consortium of 46 co-authors including Fayle T.M. & Thomas W. Crowther (2020) Late spring-frost risk between 1959 and 2017 decreased in North America, but increased in Europe and Asia. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 117: 12192-12200 [PDF]

Dumbrell A., Turner E.C. & Fayle, T.M. – Editors (2020) Tropical Ecosystems in the 21st Century. Advances in Ecological Research. Academic Press. Volume 62. 494pp. [PDF]

Dumbrell A., Turner E.C. & Fayle, T.M. (2020) Preface: Tropical forest ecosystems in the 21st century. Advances in Ecological Research 62: xvii-xxvi. [PDF]

Segar S.T., Fayle T.M., Srivastava D.S., Lewinsohn T.M., Lewis O.T., Novotny V., Kitching R. L., & Maunsell S.C. (2020). The role of evolution in shaping ecological networks. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 35: 454-466. [PDF]

Mottl O., Yombai J., Fayle T.M., Novotný V., Klimeš P. (2020) Experiments with artificial nests provide evidence for ant community stratification and nest site limitation in a tropical forest. Biotropica 52: 277-287. [PDF]

Lamarre G.P.A., Fayle T.M., Segar S., Laird-Hopkins B., Nakamura A., Souto D., Watanabe S. & Basset Y. (2020) Monitoring tropical insects in the 21st century. Advances in Ecological Research 62: 295-330. [PDF]

Tuma J., Eggleton P & Fayle T.M. (2020) Ant-termite interactions: an important but under-explored ecological linkage Biological Reviews 95: 555-572 [PDF]


Tuma J., Fleiss S., Eggleton P., Frouz J., Klimes P., Lewis O., Yusah K.M. & Fayle T.M. (2019). Logging of rainforest and conversion to oil palm reduces bioturbator diversity but not levels of bioturbation. Applied Soil Ecology 144: 123-133 [PDF]

Steidinger B.S, Crowther T.W., Liang J., Van Nuland M.E., Werner G.D.A., Reich P.B., Nabuurs G., de-Miguel S., Zhou M., Picard N., Herault B., Zhao X., Zhang C., Routh D., GFBI consortium of 206 authors including Fayle T.M., & Peay K.G. (2019) Climatic controls of decomposition drive the global biogeography of forest-tree symbioses. Nature 569: 404-408 [PDF]


Philip A.J., Fayle T.M. & Yusah K.M. (2018) Selectively logging old growth rain forest twice changes canopy ant species composition, while conversion to oil palm changes composition and reduces species richness and diversity. Journal of Tropical Biology and Conservation 15: 139–154 [PDF]

Arnan X., Andersen A.N., Gibb, H. Parr C.L., Sanders N.J., Dunn R.R., Angulo E., Baccaro F.B., Bishop T.R., Boulay R., Castracani C., Del Toro I., Delsinne T., Donoso D.A., Elten E.K., Enriquez M.L., Fayle T.M., Fitzpatrick M.C., Gómez C., Gove A., Groc S., Grossman B.F., Guenard B., Gunawardene N., Heterick B., Hoffmann B., Janda M., Jenkins C., Klimes P., Lach L., Laeger T., Leponce M., Lucky A., Menke S., Mezger D., Moses J., Munyai T.C., Paknia O., Pearce-Duvet J., Pfeiffer M., Philpott S.M., Souza J., Tista M., Vasconcelos H.L. & Retana J. (2018) Dominance-diversity relationships in ant communities differ with invasion. Global Change Biology 24: 4614–4625 [PDF]

Houadria M.Y.I., Klimes P., Fayle T.M. & Gullan P.J. (2018) Host-plant dissections reveal contrasting distributions of Crematogaster ants and their symbionts in two myrmecophytic Macaranga species Ecological Entomology 43: 601–611 [PDF]

Yusah K.M., Foster W.A., Reynolds G. & Fayle T.M. (2018) Ant mosaics in Bornean primary rain forest high canopy depend on spatial scale, time of day, and sampling method. PeerJ 6:e4231 [PDF] [Suppl. Mat.] [Peer review history] [Data]


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] [Suppl. Mat.] [Data] [Vojtech Jarošík prize]

Fayle T.M., Wanji, C, Turner E.C. & Yusah K.M. (2017) Living together in novel habitats: A review of land-use change impacts on mutualistic ant-plant symbioses in tropical forests. Chapter 3, pp 52-72. In Ant-Plant Interactions: Impacts of Humans on Terrestrial Ecosystems. Ed. Oliveira, P.S. & Koptur S. Cambridge University Press [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]

Gibb H. [71 co-authors including Fayle T.M.] & Parr C.L. (2017) A global database of ant species abundances Ecology [PDF]

Parr C.L., Dunn R.R., Sanders N.J., Weiser M., Photakis M., FitzPatrick M., Arnan X., Baccaro F., Bishop T.R., Brandão C., Chick L., Donoso D., Fayle T.M., Gómez C., Grossman B., Pacheco R., Retana J., Sagata K., Silva L.S.R., Silva R.R., Tista M., Vasconcelos H., Yates M., & Gibb H. (2017) GlobalAnts: a new database on the geography of ant traits (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) Insect Conservation and Diversity 10, 5–20 [PDF]

Hudson L.N., Newbold T., [100s of co-authors including Fayle T.M.] & Purvis A. (2017) The database of the PREDICTS (Projecting Responses of Ecological Diversity In Changing Terrestrial Systems) project. Ecology and Evolution 7: 145–188 [PDF]


Fayle T.M., Sam K. Humlova A., Cagnolo L. & Novotny V. (2016) The LifeWebs project: A call for data describing plant-herbivore interaction networks. Frontiers of Biogeography 8.4: e31122 [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] [Suppl. Mat.]

Leponce M., Novotny N., Pascal O., Robillard T., Legendre F., Villemant C., Munzinger J., Molino J., Drew R., Odegaard F., Schmidl J., Tishechkin A., Sam K., Bickel D., Dahl C., Damas K., Fayle T.M., Gewa B., Jacquemin J., Keltim M., Klimes P., Koane B., Kua J., Mantilleri A., Mogia M., Molem K., Moses J., Nowatuo H., Orivel J., Pintaud J., Roisin Y., Sam L., Siki B., Soldati L., Soulier-Perkins A., Tulai S., Yombai J., Wardhaugh C., Basset Y. (2016) Land module of Our Planet Reviewed - Papua New Guinea: aims, methods and first taxonomical results. In Robillard T., Legendre F., Villemant C. & Leponce M. (eds), Insects of Mount Wilhelm, Papua New Guinea. Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, Paris : 11-48 (Mémoires du Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle; 209) [PDF]

Ellwood M.D.F., Blüthgen N., Fayle T.M., Foster W.A. & Menzel F. (2016) Analysis of pairwise interactions reveals unexpected patterns in tropical ant communities Acta Oecologica 75: 24-34 [PDF] [Suppl. Mat.]

Gray C.L. Simmons B.I., Fayle T.M., Mann D.J. & Slade, E.M. (2016) Are riparian forest reserves sources of invertebrate biodiversity spillover and associated ecosystem functions in oil palm landscapes? Biological Conservation 194: 176–183 [PDF] [Suppl. Mat.] [Conservation Corridor]


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] [Inst. Entomology]

Gibb H., Sanders N.J., Dunn R.R., Photakis M., Abril S., Andersen A.N., Angulo E., Armbrecht I., Arnan X., Baccaro F.B., Boulay R., Castracani C., Del Toro I., Delsinne T., Diaz M., Donoso D.A., Enríquez M.L., Fayle T.M., Feener Jr. D.H., Fitzpatrick M., Gómez C., Grasso D.A., Groc S., Heterick B., Hoffmann B., Lach L., Lattke J., Leponce M., Lessard J-P., Longino J., Lucky A., Majer J., Menke S.B., Mezger D., Mori A., Paknia O., Pearce-Duvet J., Pfeiffer M., Philpott S., de Souza J.P.L, Tista M., Vonshak M., Parr C.L. (2015) Climate regulates the effects of anthropogenic disturbance on ant assemblage structure. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 282: 20150418 [PDF] [Data]

Fayle T.M., Edwards D.P., Foster W.A., Yusah K.M. & Turner E.C. (2015) An ant-plant by-product mutualism is robust to selective logging of rain forest and conversion to oil palm plantation. Oecologia 178: 441–450 [PDF]

Ewers R.M., Boyle M.J.W., Gleave R., Plowman N.S., Benedick S., Bernard H., Bishop T.R., Bakhtiar E.Y., Chey V.K., Chung A.Y.C., Davies R.G., Edwards D.P., Eggleton P., Fayle T.M., Hardwick S.R., Homathevi H., Kitching R.L., Khoo M.S., Luke S.H., March J.J., Nilus R., Pfeifer M., Rao S.V., Sharp A.C. Snaddon J.L., Stork N.E., Struebig M.J., Wearn O.R., Yusah K.M., and Turner E.C. (2015) Logging cuts the functional contribution of invertebrates in tropical rainforest. Nature Communications 6: 6836 [PDF] [Imperial College] [Felix online]

Fayle T.M., Scholtz O., Dumbrell A.J., Russell S., Segar S.T. & Eggleton P. (2015) Detection of mitochondrial COII DNA sequences in ant guts as a method for assessing termite predation by ants. PLOS ONE 10(4): e0122533 [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] [New Scientist] [Blog with cartoons!] [Imperial College] [Inst. Entomology] [iScience]

Gray C., Lewis O., Chung A.Y. & Fayle T.M. (2015) Riparian reserves within oil palm plantations conserve logged forest leaf litter ant communities and maintain associated scavenging rates. Journal of Applied Ecology 52: 31-40 [PDF] [Earth Times]

Fayle T.M. (2015) Moral hazard in ecology. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 3: 3 [PDF]


Hudson L., Newbold T., [100s of co-authors including Fayle T.M.] & Purvis, A. (2014) The PREDICTS database: a global database of how local terrestrial biodiversity responds to human impacts. Ecology and Evolution 4: 4701–4735 [PDF]

Fayle T.M., Yusah K.M. & Hashimoto Y. (2014) Key to the Ant Genera of Borneo in English and Malay [link].

Konopik O., Gray C., Grafe T.U., Steffan-Dewenter I. & Fayle T.M. (2014) From rain forest to oil palm plantations: shifts in predator population and prey communities, but resilient interactions. Global Ecology and Conservation 2: 385–394 [PDF]

Yusah K.M. & Fayle T. M. (2014) The first record of a fly of the family Milichiidae (Diptera) interacting with an ant of the genus Polyrhachis Smith, 1857 (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Biodiversity Data Journal 2: e4168 [PDF]

Luke S.H., Fayle T.M., Eggleton P., Turner E.C. & Davies R.G. (2014) Abundance and functional structure of ant and termite assemblages along a tropical forest disturbance gradient in Sabah, Malaysia. Biodiversity and Conservation 23: 2817–2832 [PDF] [Mongabay]

Miller J.A., Schilthuizen M., Burmester J.L., van der Graaf L., Merckx V., Jocqué M., Kessler P.J.A., Fayle T.M., Breeschoten T., Broeren R., Bouman R., Chua W., Feijen F., Fermont T., Groen K., Groen M., Kil N.J.C., de Laat H.A., Moerland M.S., Moncoquet C., Panjang E., Philip A.J., Roca-Eriksen R., Rooduijn B., van Santen M., Swakman V., Evans M.N., Evans L.J., Love K., Joscelyne S.H., Tober A.V., Wilson H.F., Ambu L.N., Goossens B. (2014) Dispatch from the field: ecology of ground-web-building spiders with description of a new species (Araneae, Symphytognathidae). Biodiversity Data Journal 2: e1076 [PDF] [NBC News] [The Borneo Post]


Fayle T.M., Turner E.C. & Foster W.A. (2013) Ant mosaics occur in SE Asian oil palm plantation but not rain forest and are influenced by the presence of nest-sites and non-native species. Ecography 36: 1051-1057 [PDF] [Suppl. Mat.] [NERC Planet Earth] [Mongabay]

Fayle T.M. & Polaszek A. (2013) Wallace's legacy: from biogeography to conservation biology. Antenna 37: 172-175 [PDF]

Senior M.J.M., Hamer K.C., Bottrell S., Edwards D.P., Fayle T.M., Lucey J.M., Mayhew P.J., Newton R., Peh K. S.-H., Sheldon F.H., Stewart C., Styring A.R., Thom M.D.F., Woodcock P. & Hill J.K. (2013) Trait-dependent declines of species following conversion of rain forest to oil palm plantations. Biodiversity and Conservation 22: 253-268 [PDF]


Yusah K.M., Turner E.C., Yahya B.E. & Fayle T.M. (2012) An elevational gradient in litter-dwelling ant communities in Imbak Canyon, Sabah, Malaysia. Journal of Tropical Biology and Conservation 9: 192-199 [PDF]

Turner E.C., Abidin Y.Z., Barlow H., Fayle T.M., Jaafar M.H.H.J., Khen, C.V., Larenus J., Nainar A., Reynolds G., Yusof B.Y., Khoo M.S. & Ewers R.M. (2012) The Stability of Altered Forest Ecosystems Project: Investigating the design of human-modified landscapes for productivity and conservation. The Planter 88: 453-468 [PDF]

Klimeš P., Idigel C., Rimandai M., Fayle T.M., Janda M. & Weiblen G.D. & Novotný V. (2012). Why are there more arboreal ant species in primary than secondary tropical forests? Journal of Animal Ecology 81: 1103–1112 [PDF] [Suppl. Mat.] [In focus article in JAE]

Fayle T.M., Edwards D.P., Turner, E.C., Dumbrell A.J., Eggleton P. & Foster W.A. (2012). Public goods, public services, and by-product mutualism in an ant-fern symbiosis. Oikos 121: 1279–1286 [PDF] [Suppl. Mat.] [Commentary in PLoS ONE]

Brussaard L., Aanen D.K., Briones M., Decaëns T, De Deyn G.B., Fayle T.M. & James S.W. (2012). Biogeography and phylogenetic community structure of soil invertebrate ecosystem engineers: global to local patterns and implications for ecosystem functioning and global environmental change impacts. In Wall D. (Ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Soil Ecology and Ecosystem Services. Oxford University Press [PDF]

Snaddon J.L., Turner E.C., Fayle T.M., Chey V.K., Eggleton P.E. & Foster W.A. (2012). Biodiversity hanging by a thread: the importance of fungal-litter trapping systems in tropical rainforests. Biology Letters 8: 397-400 [PDF] [Suppl. Mat.] [NERC Planet Earth] [Discover Magazine] [National Geographic]

Yusah K.M., Fayle T.M., Harris G. & Foster W.A. (2012). Optimising diversity assessment protocols for high canopy ants in tropical rain forest. Biotropica 44: 73-81. [PDF] [Suppl. Mat.]


Fayle T.M., Bakker L., Cheah C., Ching T.M., Davey A., Dem F., Earl A., Huaimei Y., Hyland S., Johansson B., Ligtermoet E., Lim R., Lin L.K., Luangyotha P., Herlander Martins B., Palmeirim A.F., Paninhuan S., Kepfer Rojas S., Sam L., Sam P.T.T., Susanto D., Wahyudi A., Walsh J., Weigl S., Craze P.G., Jehle R., Metcalfe D. & Trevelyan T. (2011). A positive relationship between ant biodiversity (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) and rate of scavenger-mediated nutrient redistribution along a disturbance gradient in a south-east Asian rain forest. Myrmecological News 14: 5-12. [PDF] [Suppl. Mat.]

Turner E.C., Snaddon J.L., Ewers R.M., Fayle T.M. and Foster W.A. (2011). The Impact of Oil Palm Expansion on Environmental Change: Putting Conservation Research in Context. In Bernardes M.A.S. (Ed.) Environmental Impact of Biofuels. InTech Press. [PDF]

Foster W.A., Snaddon J.L., Turner E.C., Fayle T.M., Cockerill T.D., Ellwood M.D.F., Broad G.R., Chung A.Y.C., Eggleton E., Chey V.K., Yusah K.M. (2011). Establishing the evidence base for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem function in the oil palm landscapes of South East Asia. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 366: 3277-3291. [PDF] [NERC Planet Earth]

Fayle T.M. & Manica A. (2011). Bias in null model analyses of species co-occurrence: a response to Gotelli and Ulrich (2010). Ecological Modelling 222: 1340-1341. [PDF]

Woodcock P., Edwards D.P., Fayle T.M., Newton R.J., Chey V.K.. Bottrell S.H. & Hamer K.C. (2011) The conservation value of Southeast Asia’s highly degraded forests: evidence from leaf-litter ants. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 366: 3256-3264. [PDF] [Suppl. Mat.] [Commentary in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment] [Science Daily]

Fayle T.M., Dumbrell A.J., Turner E.C & Foster W.A. (2011). Distributional patterns of epiphytic ferns are explained by the presence of cryptic species. Biotropica 43: 6-7. [PDF]


Fayle T.M. & Manica A. (2010). Reducing over-reporting of deterministic co-occurrence patterns in biotic communities. Ecological Modelling 221: 2237-2242 [PDF] [Suppl. Mat.] [Response from Gotelli and Ulrich] [Commentary on Lavender et al. paper in PLOS ONE]

Fayle T.M. (2010) Go to the ant thou sluggard... Trends in Ecology and Evolution 25: 431-432 [PDF]

Fayle T.M., Turner E.C., Snaddon J.L., Chey V.K., Chung A.Y., Eggleton P.E. & Foster W.A. (2010). Oil palm expansion into rain forest greatly reduces ant biodiversity in canopy, epiphytes and leaf litter. Basic and Applied Ecology 11: 337-345. [PDF] [Suppl. Mat.] [NERC Planet Earth] [Mongabay]

Edwards D.P., Ansell F.A., Woodcock P, Fayle T.M., Chey V.K. & Hamer K.C. (2010) Can the failure to punish promote cheating in mutualism? Oikos 119: 45-52. [PDF]


Fayle T.M., Chung A.Y.C., Dumbrell A.J., Eggleton P. & Foster W.A. (2009). The Effect of Rain Forest Canopy Architecture on the Distribution of Epiphytic Ferns (Asplenium spp.) in Sabah, Malaysia. Biotropica 41: 676-681. [PDF] [Cover] [Suppl. Mat.]

Fayle T.M. (2009). Ant community structure in a rain forest microcosm. PhD thesis. University of Cambridge, UK [PDF].


Fayle T.M., Ellwood M.D.F., Turner E.C., Snaddon J.L., Yusah K.M. & Foster W.A. (2008). Bird’s nest ferns: islands of biodiversity in the rainforest canopy. Antenna 32: 34-37. [PDF]

Turner E.C., Snaddon J.L., Fayle T.M. & Foster W.A. (2008). Oil Palm Research in Context: Identifying the Need for Biodiversity Assessment. PLoS ONE 3: e1572. [PDF]

Fayle T.M. (2008). Book Review of Ants of North America: A Guide to the Genera by Brian Fisher & Stefan Cover. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 152: 847. [PDF]

Disney R.H.L. & Fayle T.M. (2008). A New Species of Scuttle Fly (Diptera: Phoridae) Parasitizing an Ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Borneo. Sociobiology 51: 327-332. [PDF]


Field J., Turner E., Fayle T.M. & Foster W.A. (2007). Costs of egg-laying and offspring provisioning: multifaceted parental investment in a digger wasp. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 274: 445-451. [PDF]

Fayle T.M., Sharp R.E. & Majerus M.E.N. (2007). The effect of moth trap type on size and composition in British Lepidoptera. British Journal of Entomology and Natural History 20: 221-232. [PDF] [Data]

Aldridge D.C., Fayle T.M. & Jackson N. (2007). Freshwater mussel abundance predicts biodiversity in UK lowland rivers. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 17: 554-564. [PDF]


Fayle T.M. (2005) The biodiversity of abandoned farmland. MPhil thesis. University of Cambridge, UK. [PDF]


Editor for: European Journal of Entomology (Associate Editor 2014-present, 63 decisions made on 27 different manuscripts), Biotropica (Subject Editor 2014-present, 35 decisions made on 24 manuscripts), Asian Myrmecology (English Language Editor 2014-2015, 4 manuscripts). Editor with Alex Dumbrell and Ed Turner for thematic issue of the journal Advances in Ecological Research “Tropical Ecosystems in the 21st Century” (6 decisions on 3 manuscripts). Total of 104 decisions made on 54 manuscripts.

Grant Reviewer for: The UK National Environment Research Council (NERC); The French National Research Agency (ANR); The Estonian Research Council; The National Science Center Poland (NCN); The Wildlife Reserves Singapore Conservation Fund.

Journal Reviewer for: Basic and Applied Ecology, Biological Conservation, Biotropica, Bulletin of Insectology, Current Biology, Ecological Entomology, Ecology, Ecology Letters, European Journal of Entomology, Global Change Biology Bioenergy, Global Ecology and Conservation, Insect Conservation and Diversity, Journal of Insect Conservation, Journal of Insect Science, Journal of Tropical Biology and Conservation, Landscape Ecology, Myrmecological News, Natural Areas Journal, Oecologia, Oikos, PLoS ONE, Tropical Conservation Science (55 manuscripts in total, Publons verified reviews profile and statistics).


Otto Wichterle Award 2015 from the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic for “exceptionally outstanding, promising young scientists for their remarkable contributions to the advancement of scientific knowledge” (translated from Czech) [website]

Varley Gradwell Travelling Fellowship in Insect Ecology 2011 from the University of Oxford. [website]

• Thomas Henry Huxley Award and Marsh Prize from the Zoological Society of London for "the best zoological doctoral thesis produced in Great Britain or Northern Ireland". [website]

Alfred Russel Wallace Award from the Royal Entomological Society “for postgraduate research leading to a PhD degree awarded by a UK university and judged to make the most significant contribution to entomology in the year”. [website]

Student Talk Prizes from the Royal Entomological Society (1st 2008, 2nd 2006) and the International Union for the Study of Social Insects (1st 2008).

Swann Prize for Biology, Legg Scholarship (2005, 2006) and election to Senior and College Scholarships, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.


• Czech Science Foundation (GACR) Standard Grant (PI – sole Principal Investigator; £336,000) Do entomopathogenic fungi drive arthropod diversity gradients via host negative density dependence? (2021-2023)

• Czech Science Foundation (GACR) Standard Grant (team member on grant led by Petr Klimes; £328,000) Does competition really structure ant communities in tropical forest canopies? (2021-2023)

• Czech Science Foundation (GACR) EXPRO consortium grant (Work package leader; £68,000). Leader of team exploring reverse Janzen-Connell effects in Papua New Guinea ant plants. Grant name: Testing mechanisms that maintain high species diversity in food webs by experimental manipulation of trophic cascades in a tropical forest 19-28126X (2019-2023)

• Universiti Malaysia Sabah SKIM DANA NIC Grant (Co-PI; £14,900) Incorporating weaver ants (Oecophylla smaragdina) into oil palm plantation integrated pest management to improve ongoing plantation sustainability (2019-2021)

• Czech Science Foundation (GACR) Standard Grant (PI – sole Principal Investigator; £208,000) Network ecology in the big data age: understanding changes in species interaction specificity along environmental gradients (2019-2021)

• South East Asian Rainforest Research Partnership (SEARRP) (supervisor of students; £5,600). Co-funding of Malaysian graduate studentships (2018-2020) 1. Impacts of experimental forest fragmentation and land-use change on ant communities in tropical rainforest (PhD; 2018-2020). 2. Impacts of urban tropical habitat fragmentation on mutualistic ant-plant interactions (MSc; 2021-2022).

Ecological determinants of tropical-temperate trends in insect diversity (team member on grant led by Vojtech Novotny; £3,117,000) European Research Council (ERC) Horizon 2020 grant (2016-2020)

• Czech Science Foundation (GACR) Standard Grant (PI – sole Principal Investigator; £349,000) The impacts of tropical forest degradation and fragmentation on ant-plant mutualisms, and consequences for plant community dynamics. 16-09427S (2016-2018)

• Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project Grant (PI – Partner Investigator; £208,000) Ecosystem quality and herbivore dynamics in tropical rainforests fragmented by deforestation DP140101541 (2014-2016)

• Czech Science Foundation (GACR) Standard Grant (PI – sole Principal Investigator; £205,000) How do changes in species interaction networks affect ecosystem function when tropical forests are degraded? 14-32302S (2014-2016)

• Malaysian Department of Higher Education, Fundamental Research Grant (external collaborator; £18,000) Tropical rainforest degradation, networks of ant-plant mutualisms, and forest regeneration (2014-2015)

• Czech Science Foundation (GACR) Centre of Excellence consortium grant 14-36098G (Work package leader; £43,000) Leader of Malaysian-based team exploring vertical stratification of ant communities. Grant name: Center for Tropical Biology (2014-2018)

• Czech Science Foundation (GACR) Standard Grant (Team member on grant led by Vojtech Novotny; £510,000) Why are there more species of insect herbivores and parasitoids in tropical than temperate forests? (2014-2016)

• South East Asian Rainforest Research Programme research fellowship (Postdoctoral fellow; £34,000; 2010-2014)

• Postdoctoral Fellowship award from SENYACT (Panama) to visit Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (£1700; 2012)

• Varley Gradwell Travelling Fellowship in Insect Ecology 2011 from the University of Oxford (£2500; 2011)

• UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Small Project grant (Named postdoctoral researcher, helped to write grant, £42,000). How Important is the ant-termite interaction in African rainforests? NE/H011307/1 (2010-2011)

• Various other minor grants and awards 2005 onwards (£7450)


Taught on five two-week residential undergraduate field courses in the UK, including lectures to students, demonstration during field exercises and supervision of student projects. Taught on and helped organise a one-month Tropical Biology Association field course in Sabah, Malaysia. Demonstrated part 1A Evolution and Behaviour and Quantitative Biology undergraduate practicals. Supervisor for two PhD students (both ongoing, one University of South Bohemia, one Griffith University). Three masters students (one completed with distinction, University Papua New Guinea, two ongoing, Universiti Malaysia Sabah). Twenty-seven undergraduates including three ongoing and three completed at Universiti Malaysia Sabah (co-supervised), and 21 completed BA students, Cambridge. Invited seminars for undergraduate students of the Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Netherlands (at Danau Girang field centre, Sabah, Malaysia), and the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) workshop "Challenges to Biodiversity Conservation in Tropical Ecosystems" at Universiti Brunei Darussalam.


Presented work at international conferences in the UK, USA, Malaysia (plenary), Indonesia, Brunei and South Africa. Invited speaker at seminars in various institutions including Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanic Gardens (China), University of Plymouth (UK), University of Bristol and Imperial College London, UK, and Griffith University, Australia (63 research presentations in total). Seminars for the public in London, Teignmouth and Amsterdam, including an invited lecture at the Wallace100 celebrations at the Natural History Museum, London. Have previously provided scientific advice for Canopy Access Ltd. and the publishers Dorling Kindersley. Helped run a stand at the Royal Society Summer Exhibition. Interviews with BBC online, BBC Radio 6, The Daily Mail (UK newspaper) and Malaysian national television. My research has also been covered by NBC news, NERC Planet Earth magazine, Mongabay (an online tropical conservation news site), The Borneo Post, National Geographic, Discover Magazine, and The Brunei Times. Photography relating to my work has featured on front covers of Science, TREE, Biotropica, Journal of Experimental Biology and Biology 2 for OCR (an A-level text book). Creator of a key to the ant genera of Borneo, which is freely available online in English and Malay. Contributor to magazine “The Conversation”.


Run my own research group in the Czech Republic, with associated administrative activities. Organized symposium for the INTECOL 2013 Congress “The effects of large scale manipulations of tropical forests on arthropod assemblages”. Organised lab meetings during MPhil degree.