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Durham University

Department of Biosciences


Dr Wayne Dawson

Associate Professor in the Department of Biosciences

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Research Focus

I am a plant ecologist, and my research is currently focused on the ecology of plant invasions at global, community and individual plant scales. I am particularly interested in understanding how soil biota might drive and also respond to plant invasions.

International Collaboration

  • Global Naturalized Alien Flora (GloNAF) core team member (with Mark van Kleunen, Konstanz; Petr Pysek and Jan Pergl, Czech Academy of Sciences; Holger Kreft and Patrick Weigelt, Goettingen; Franz Essl, Vienna; Marten Winter, iDiv Leipzig)
  • WhoIsNext: Climate change and escaping ornamentals. Predicting the next generation of European plant invaders (with Mark van Kleunen, Konstanz; Oliver Bossdorf, Tuebingen; Wilfried Thuiller, Grenoble; and Franz Essl and Stefan Dullinger , Vienna)

Research Groups

Indicators of Esteem

  • Editor-in-Chief: Plant-Environment Interactions
  • Member: British Ecological Society