Owen Petchey

Research Interests

Predictive ecology, population, community, and ecosystem ecology; effects of environmental change; modelling biological systems; statistical computing


Education and Professional Positions

2017 - present Full Professor, Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2017 - present Representative of the IEU within the faculty assembly for the Fachbereich (specialist division) V, Geography, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2014 - present Guest Researcher at EAWAG
2017 - present Director of the Global Change and Biodiversity URPP
2014 - present Director of the Ecology PhD Programme
2011 - present Director of the Biology Masters in Ecology
2011 - 2017 Associate Professor, Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Visiting Researcher, University of Sheffield, UK
2013 - 2016 Co-Director of the Global Change and Biodiversity URPP
2003 - 2011 Royal Society University Research Fellow, Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield, UK
2000 - 2003 NERC Research Fellow, Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield, UK
1997 - 2000 Postdoctoral researcher, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources, Rutgers University, NJ, USA
1994 - 1997 Ph.D., Imperial College, London, UK
1991 - 1994 B.A. (Hons) Natural Sciences, King’s College, University of Cambridge, UK
To 1991 General education at Sherard Primary School, Sarson High School, King Edward VII Upper School, Melton Mowbray, UK

Selected Publications

  • Schneider F., Morsdorf F, Schmid B., Petchey OL., Hueni A., Schimel D., Schaepman M. (2017) Mapping functional diversity from remotely sensed morphological and physiological forest traits. Nature Communications, 8, 1441. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-017-01530-3
  • Garnier A., Pennekamp F., Lemoine M., Petchey OL. (2017) Temporal scale dependent interactions between multiple environmental disturbances in microcosm ecosystems. Global Change Biology, 12, 5237-5248. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.13786
  • Pennekamp F., Griffiths J.I., Fronhofer E.A., Garnier A., Seymour M., Altermatt F., Petchey OL. (2017) Dynamic species classification of microorganisms across time, abiotic and biotic environments-A sliding window approach. PLOS ONE, 12, e0176682. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0176682
  • Pontarp M., Brannestorm A., Petchey OL. (2017) Inferring processes of community assembly from macroscopic patterns: the case for inclusive and mechanistic approaches. bioRxiv 195008. DOI: 110.1101/195008
  • Pennekamp F., Adamson M. W., Petchey OL., Poggiale J-C., Aguiar M., Kooi B. W., Botkin D. B., DeAngelis D. L. (2017) The practice of prediction: What can ecologists learn from applied, ecology-related fields? Ecological Complexity, 32, 156-167 DOI: 10.1016/j.ecocom.2016.12.005
  • Braun D., Damm A., Paul-Limoges E., Revill A., Buchmann N., Petchey OL., Hein L., Schaepman ME. (2017) From instantaneous to continuous: Using imaging spectroscopy and in situ data to map two productivity-related ecosystem services. Ecological Indicators, 82, 409-419. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2017.06.045
  • Donohue I., Petchey OL., Kefi S., Génin A., Jackson AL., Yang Q., O’Connor N. E. (2017) Loss of predator species, not intermediate consumers, triggers rapid and dramatic extinction cascades. Global Change Biology, 23, 2962-2972. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.13703
  • Oliviera Hagen E., Hagen O., Ibáñez-Álamo JD., Petchey OL. , Evans KL. (2017) Impacts of urban areas and their characteristics on avian functional diversity. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 5, 84. DOI: 10.3389/fevo.2017.00084
  • Rougier N.P., Hinsen K., Alexandre F. et al. (2017), Sustainable computational science: the ReScience initiative. arXiv:1707.04393 [cs.DL]
  • Donohue I., Hillebrand H., Montoya JM., Petchey OL., Pimm SL., Fowler MS., Healy K., Jackson AL., Lurgi M., McClean D., O'Connor NE. O'Gorman EJ., Yang Q. (2016) Navigating the complexity of ecological stability. Ecology Letters, 19(9):1172-1185. DOI: 10.1111/ele.12648
  • Petchey OL., Plebani M., Pennecamp F. (2016) [Re] Chaos in a long-term experiment with a plankton community. ReScience, 2(1):1-8. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.50213
  • Pontarp M., Petchey OL. (2016) Community trait overdispersion due to trophic interactions: concerns for assembly process inference. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B: Biological Sciences, 283(1840):20161729. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2016.1729