Professor Mark Emmerson

Professor Mark Emmerson

Queen’s University, Belfast

Professor Emmerson's research combines theoretical and empirical approaches in the study of ecological systems.  He is a broad based community ecologist studying the consequences of biodiversity loss for the provision of ecosystem services.  He has worked in marine, freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems with a unifying focus on food webs and biodiversity at multiple trophic levels. 

His research aims to combine classic and novel food web theory with the study of diversity, stability and ecosystem functioning.  His research ranges from the applied to the fundamental, from the role of farming in wildlife conservation through to the effects of species body size on food web structure and functioning.

Selected Publications

Donohue, I., Petchey, O. L., Montoya, J. M., Jackson, A. L., McNally, L., Viana, M., Healy, K., Lurgi, M., O'Connor, N. & Emmerson, M. (2013). On the dimensionality of ecological stability.  Ecology Letters, 16(4): 421-429.

O'Connor, N., Emmerson, M., Crowe, T. P. & Donohue, I. (2013). Distinguishing between direct and indirect effects of predators in complex ecosystems.  Journal of Animal Ecology, 82(2): p. 438-448. doi: 10.1111/1365-2656.12001.

Barrios-O'Neill, D., Dick, J., Emmerson, M., Ricciardi, A., MacIsaac, H., Alexander, M. & Bovy, H. (2013). Fortune favours the bold: a higher predator reduces the impact of a native but not an invasive intermediate predator.  Journal of Animal Ecology, doi: 10.1111/1365-2656.12155.

Vye, S., Emmerson, M., Arenas, F., Dick, J. & O'Connor, N. (2013). Interactions among invasion and other anthropogenic stressors are context dependent. Oikos. (IN FINAL PREP).

Other project scientists who share the same area of expertise:


Dr Angus Atkinson

Plymouth Marine Laboratory

Danny Barrios-O'Neill

Queen’s University, Belfast

Francis Daunt

CEH - Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Dr Peter Evans

Sea Watch Foundation & School of Ocean Sciences, University of Bangor

Elaine Fileman

Plymouth Marine Laboratory

Dr Jan Geert Hiddink

School of Ocean Sciences, Bangor University

Jessica Heard

Plymouth Marine Laboratory