Mark Ledger


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Mark Ledger’s research in freshwater systems encompasses community ecology, biodiversity and environmental change. His research group works at a range of spatial and temporal scales, utilising laboratory microcosms, field mesocosms and natural environmental gradients in real ecosystems. Their current research has four overlapping foci: disturbance ecology; food webs, species interactions, particularly plant-herbivore dynamics, and stressor effects on biodiversity and ecosystem function. Ongoing research includes:

Disturbance, biological legacies and community development
Disturbance and dynamic stability
Environmental change and freshwater food webs
Model food webs: replicability and realism
Interaction strengths within the algae-herbivore sub-web
Environmental change, aquatic biodiversity and species interactions

He welcomes enquiries from prospective students in these areas.

1998 …2024

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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