Andrew Hector

Research Interests

Community ecology; Biodiversity, ecosystem functioning and ecological services; Statistical analysis (courses in linear, general, generalised and mixed-effects models)


Education and Professional Positions

2009 - 2013 Associate Professor, Deputy director, Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2003 - 2009 Assistant Professor, Institute of Environmental Sciences, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2002 Royal Society University Research Fellow, Imperial College London
1999 - 2001 Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, NERC Centre for Population Biology
1996 - 1999 Scientific co-ordinator and Post-Doctoral Research Assistant for the BIODEPTH Project
1992 - 1995 Ph.D. and Diploma, Imperial College London, UK
1988 - 1991 B.Sc. (Hons) Natural Environmental Science, First Class, University of Sheffield, UK
To 1988 3 GCE A-levels, 9 GCE O-levels at Whitchurch High School, Cardiff, Wales, UK

Selected Publications

  • James B. Grace et al. (2012) Response to Comments on "Productivity Is a Poor Predictor of Plant Species Richness". Science 335(6075):1441. DOI: 10.1126/science.1214939
  • Paine CET., Marthews TR., Vogt DR., Purves D., Rees M., Hector A., Turnbull LA. (2012) How to fit nonlinear plant growth models and calculate growth rates: an update for ecologists. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 3(2):245-256. DOI: 10.1111/j.2041-210X.2011.00155.x
  • Adler PB., Seabloom EW., Borer ET., Hillebrand H., Hautier Y., Hector A., et al. (2011) Productivity is a poor predictor of plant species richness. Science, 333(6050):1750-1753. DOI: 10.1126/science.1204498
  • Hector A., Bell T., Hautier Y., Isbell F., Kéry M., Reich PB., van Ruijven J., Schmid B. (2011) BUGS in the analysis of biodiversity experiments: species richness and composition are of similar importance for grassland productivity. PLoS ONE, 6(3):e17434. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0017434
  • Hector A., Philipson C., Saner P., Chamagne J., Dzulkifli D., O'Brien M., Snaddon JL., Ulok P., Weilenmann M., Reynolds G., Godfray HCJ. (2011) The Sabah biodiversity experiment: a long-term test of the role of tree diversity in restoring tropical forest structure and functioning. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 366(1582):3303-3315. DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2011.0094
  • Isbell F., Calcagno V., Hector A., Connolly J., Harpole WS., Reich PB., Scherer-Lorenzen M., Schmid B., Tilman D., van Ruijven J., Weigelt A., Wilsey BJ., Zavaleta ES., Loreau M. (2011) High plant diversity is needed to maintain ecosystem services. Nature, 477(7363):199-202. DOI: 10.1038/nature10282
  • Hautier Y., Hector A., Vojtech E., Purves D., Turnbull LA. (2010) Modelling the growth of parasitic plants. Journal of Ecology, 98(4):857-866. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2745.2010.01657.x
  • Hautier Y., Niklaus PA., Hector A. (2009) Competition for light causes plant biodiversity loss after eutrophication. Science, 324(5927):636-638. DOI: 10.1126/science.1169640
  • Hector A., Bagchi R. (2007) Biodiversity and ecosystem multifunctionality. Nature, 448(7150):188-190. DOI: 10.1038/nature05947
  • Loreau M., Hector A. (2001) Partitioning selection and complementarity in biodiversity experiments. Nature, 412, 72-76. DOI: 10.1038/35083573
  • Purvis A., Hector A. (2000) Getting the measure of biodiversity. Nature, 405, 212-219. DOI: 10.1038/35012221
  • Hector A., et. al. [33 co-authors] (1999) Plant diversity and productivity experiments in European grasslands. Science, 286(5442):1123-7