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Dr Fredric Windsor

Dr Fredric Windsor

Lecturer - Ecology/Zoology

Email
windsorfm@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2251 4554
Campuses
C/6.09, Sir Martin Evans Building, Museum Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3AX
Users
Available for postgraduate supervision

Overview

I am a network ecologist interested in how ecosystems respond to natural and anthropogenic changes. My work primarily focuses on inter-specific interactions, from pollination through to predation. I aim to combine these interactions into complex networks that represent the structure and function of real-world systems - this is often very difficult!

The reason for undertaking this research is to provide predictions for a variety of different applications, including biocontrol, restoration and conservation. Moving towards predictive ecology, which hinges on a detailed understanding of direct and indirect interactions within ecosystems, is the ultimate goal of my research.

Biography

I have been lucky enough to work at some great instutions and with some great people! 

My pathway to date is as follows:

  • Geography BSc (2011-2014, University of Birmingham)
  • River Environments and their Management MSc (2014-2015, University of Birmingham) 
  • PhD (2015-2019, Cardiff University)
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate (2019-2022, Newcastle University)
  • Lecturer in Ecology (2022-present, Cardiff University) 

Publications

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2021

2020

2019

2018

2016

Teaching

I am currently teaching on the following modules: 

  • BI2135 - Ecology Part A
  • BI4002 - Advanced Research Methods
  • BI9999 - Professional Training Year
  • BIT050 - Field Skills for Ecology and Conservation 
  • BIT056 - Science Communication
  • BIT107 - Big Data Science

Summary

I am a network ecologist interested in how ecosystems respond to natural and anthropogenic changes. My work primarily focuses on inter-specific interactions, from pollination through to predation. I aim to combine these interactions into complex networks that represent the structure and function of real-world systems - this is often very difficult!

The reason for undertaking this research is to provide predictions for a variety of different applications, including biocontrol, restoration and conservation. Moving towards predictive ecology, which hinges on a detailed understanding of direct and indirect interactions within ecosystems, is the ultimate goal of my research.

I have been lucky enough to work in some amazing places, and I am always interested in expanding into new study systems that might exhibit unique characteristics (e.g., alpine stream systems) or that have particularly complex and interconnected challenges. So far I have worked, or I am currently working, in: 

  • Denali National Park and Glacier Bay National Park (Alaska, USA) 
  • Taff, Usk and Wye River Catchments (Wales, UK)
  • Llyn Brianne Experimental Observatory (Wales, UK)
  • The Pampas (Buenos Aires Province, Argentina)
  • Japanese Alps (Kamikochi, Japan)

Grants

My work has been supported by the following funders: 

  • NERC
  • The Royal Society 
  • British Ecological Society

Supervision

I am interested in supervising students or collaborating more generally on the following areas of research: 

  • Freshwater ecology
  • Ecological networks 
  • Ecosystem modelling 
  • Chemical pollution