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
2011 - 2017 Associate Professor, Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Visiting Researcher, University of Sheffield, UK
2014 - present Guest Researcher at EAWAG
2017 - present Director of the Global Change and Biodiversity URPP
2013 - 2016 Co-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
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

  • 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
  • Pennekamp F., Griffiths JI., Fronhofer EA., 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
  • 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
  • Garnier A., Pennekamp F., Lemoine M., Petchey OL. (2017) Temporal scale dependent interactions between multiple environmental disturbances in microcosm ecosystems. Global Change Biology, DOI: 10.1111/gcb.13786
  • Pennekamp F., Adamson MW., Petchey OL., Poggiale J-C., Aguiar M., Kooi BW., Botkin DB., DeAngelis DL. (2016) The practice of prediction: What can ecologists learn from applied, ecology-related fields? Ecological Complexity:Epub ahead of print. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecocom.2016.12.005
  • 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
  • Oliver T., Heard M., Isaac N., Roy D., Procter D., Eigenbrod F. et al. (2016) A synthesis is emerging between biodiversity –ecosystem function and ecological resilience research: reply to Mori. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 31: 89-92. DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2015.12.008
  • 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
  • Hao YQ., Brockhurst MA., Petchey OL., Zhang QG. (2015) Evolutionary rescue can be impeded by temporary environmental amelioration. Ecology Letters, 18(9):892-898. DOI: 10.1111/ele.12465
  • Petchey OL., Pontarp M., Massie TM., Kéfi S., Ozgul A., Weilenmann M., Palamara GM., Altermatt F., Matthews B., Levine JM., Childs DZ., McGill BJ., Schaepman ME., Schmid B., Spaak P., Beckerman AP., Pennekamp F., Pearse IS. (2015) The ecological forecast horizon, and examples of its uses and determinants. Ecology Letters, 18(7):597-611. DOI: 10.1111/ele.12443