Dr Markus Eichhorn

Research Interests

Trees are the matrix upon which forest communities are built, with their characteristics and distribution shaping the environment for the organisms which live on and around them. My research tackles this from an explicitly spatial perspective, identifying patterns formed by trees within forests and the processes that underpin them. Research is being conducted in a range of locations, from boreal to tropical. This includes forest ecology, spatial community ecology and insect-plant interactions.

                                                  Yes, I’m a tree-hugger, though strictly for measurement purposes only. This is a Larix cajanderi close to the Bystrya river in Central Kamchatka.

I am interested in all aspects of the spatial organisation of natural systems, and would welcome suggestions for research collaborations or applications from graduate students wishing to work in this area.

Other jobs

Current Secretary of the British Forest Ecology Group.

Book reviews editor for Frontiers of Biogeography.

Co-ordinate activities of Ecology Club, the forum for all ecology-related researchers in University of Nottingham.

Expedition to Kamchatka

In summer 2008, I led an expedition to Far East Russia to work with a group of academics and students from Russia and the UK. For details of what we found see my research pages. For more about the expedition see the website. A full description of the forests of Kamchatka and the plots can be found here:

Eichhorn M.P. (2010). Boreal Forests of Kamchatka: Structure and Composition. Forests 1, 154-176. PDF

A bit of fun

Recently, I recorded a series of short films about British trees. There are a number of other films on the site related to my work in Kamchatka and Kirton (equally glamorous field sites).

Current students

Syarifah Kamariah's (PhD) project is titled Spatial Patterning and Structural Stability of Tropical Rain Forest.

Saifon Sittimongkol (PhD).

Joe Ryding (PhD).

Edward Tripp (PhD) is studying the conservation of heathland vegetation.

Former students

Danielle Richard (MRes, 2011) investigated dispersal of endemic beetles on Lundy cabbage.

Abdlrahman Ibr. Fitori (PhD, 2011) studied plant-insect interactions in Libya.

Lauren Gough (PhD, 2010) was studying spatial patterns in desert shrubs in Tenerife.

Joe Ryding (MRes, 2009) was studying the use of laser scanners to visualise forests in three dimensions.

Stine Marie Simensen (MRes, 2009) was studying conservation of Lundy cabbage.

Visit my official University webpage