• Assessing the relative efficiency of termite sampling methods along a rainfall gradient in African savannas 

      Davies, A.B.; Eggleton, P.; Janse van Rensburg, B.; Parr, C.L. (The Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation, 2013)
      Although termites are ecosystem engineers in tropical and sub-tropical environments, the study of termite ecology is often constrained by sampling difficulties and a lack of established sampling protocols, particularly for ...
    • Interactive effects on fire, rainfall, and litter quality on decomposition in savannas: frequent fire leads to contrasting effects 

      Davies, A.B.; Janse van Rensburg, B.; Eggleton, P.; Parr, C.L. (Springer Science+Business Media New York, 2013)
      One of the many ecological processes expected to undergo alteration due to global change is the decomposition of organic matter, with little known concerning the effects that changing disturbance regimes may have. Fire, a ...
    • Logging cuts the functional importance of invertebrates in tropical rainforest 

      Ewers, R.M.; Boyle, M.J.W.; Gleave, R.A.; Plowman, N.S.; Benedick, S.; Bernard, H.; Bishop, T.R.; Bakhtiar, E.Y.; Chey, V.K.; Chung, A.Y.C.; Davies, R.G.; Edwards, D.P.; Eggleton, P.; Fayle, T.M.; Hardwick, S.R.; Homathevi, R.; Kitching, R.L.; Khoo, M.S.; Luke, S.H.; March, J.J.; Nilus, R.; Pfeifer, M.; Rao, S.V.; Sharp, A.C.; Snaddon, J.L.; Stork, N.E.; Struebig, M.J.; Wearn, O.R.; Yusah, K.M.; Turner, E.C. (Macmillan Publishers Limited, 2015)
      Invertebrates are dominant species in primary tropical rainforests, where their abundance and diversity contributes to the functioning and resilience of these globally important ecosystems. However, more than one-third of ...
    • The pyrodiversity-biodiversity hypothesis: A test with savanna termite assemblages 

      Davies, A.B.; Eggleton, P.; van Rensburg, B.J.; Parr, C.L. (British Ecological Society, 2012)
      1. Fire is an important disturbance in African savannas where it is generally assumed that high levels of pyrodiversity (variation in aspects of the fire regime) are necessary to maintain high levels of biodiversity. ...
    • Seasonal activity patterns of African savannah termites vary across a rainfall gradient 

      Davies, A.B.; Eggleton, P.; Jansen van Rensburg, B.; Parr, C.L. (Springer, 2015)
      Seasonal variations in temperature and moisture are strong drivers of biological activity and diversity. Termites are an important insect group previously shown to respond to seasonal variation, but results are mixed with ...
    • Woody encroachment slows decomposition and termite activity in an African savannah 

      Leitner, M.; Davies, A.B.; Parr, C.L.; Eggleton, P.; Robertson, M.P. (John Wiley & Sons Ltd, 2018)
      Woody encroachment can lead to a complete switch from open habitats to dense thickets, and has the potential to greatly alter the biodiversity and ecological functioning of grassy ecosystems across the globe. Plant litter ...