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
2020 - present Vice Dean, Faculty of Science, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2017 - present Director of the Global Change and Biodiversity URPP
2014 - present Guest Researcher at EAWAG
2014 - 2020 Director of the Ecology PhD Programme
2011 - 2020 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

See full publication list on Google Scholar.

  • Simmons, B.I., Blyth, P.S.A., Blanchard, J.L., Clegg, T., Delmas, E., Garnier, A., Griffiths, C.A., Jacob, U., Pennekamp, F., Petchey OL,Poisot, T., Webb, T.J. & Beckerman, A.P. (2021) Refocusing multiple stressor research around the targets and scales of ecological impacts. Nature Ecology & Evolution 5, 1478–1489. DOI: 10.1038/s41559-021-01547-4
  • Suleiman, M., Choffat, Y., Daugaard, U. & Petchey OL (2021) Large and interacting effects of temperature and nutrient addition on stratified microbial ecosystems in a small, replicated, and liquid-dominated Winogradsky column approach. Microbiology Open, 10, e1189. DOI: 10.1002/mbo3.1189
  • Parreño, M.A., Schmid, B. & Petchey OL (2021) Comparative study of the most tested hypotheses on relationships between biodiversity, productivity, light and nutrients. Basic and Applied Ecology, 53, 175-190. DOI: 10.1016/j.baae.2021.03.012
  • Hordley, L.A., Gillings, S., Petchey OL, Tobias, J.A. & Oliver, T.H. (2021). Diversity of response and effect traits provides complementary information about avian community dynamics linked to ecological function. Functional Ecology, 35, 19381950. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2435.13865
  • Garnier, A., Hulot, F.D. & Petchey OL. (2020) Manipulating the strength of organism–environment feedback increases nonlinearity and apparent hysteresis of ecosystem response to environmental change. Ecology and Evolution, 10, 5527-5543. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.6294
  • Weber de Melo, V., Lowe, R., Hurd, P.J. & Petchey OL. (2020) Phenotypic responses to temperature in the ciliate Tetrahymena thermophilia. Ecology and Evolution, 10, 7616-7626. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.6486
  • van Moorsel, S.J., Hahl, T.,Petchey OL., Ebeling, A., Eisenhauer, N., Schmid, B. & Wagg, C.(2020). Co‐occurrence history increases ecosystem stability and resilience in experimental plant communities. Ecology, 102, e03205. DOI: 10.1002/ecy.3205
  • van Moorsel, S.J., Marleau, J.N., Negrin Dastis J.O., Bazerghi, C., Fugère V., Petchey OL. & Gonzalez, A. (2020). Prior selection prevents the loss of an ecosystem cycle during acidification. bioRxiv, 2020.01.27.921437. DOI: 10.1101/2020.01.27.921437
  • Tabi, A., Pennekamp, F., Altermatt, F., Alther, R., Fronhofer, E. A., Horgan, K., Mächler, E., Pontarp, M., Petchey OL. & Saavedra, S. (2020). Species multidimensional effects explain idiosyncratic responses of communities to environmental change. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 4, 1036-1043. DOI: 10.1038/s41559-020-1206-6
  • Pennekamp F., Iles AC., Garland J., Brennan G., Brose U., Gaedke U., Jacob U., Kratina P., Matthews B., Munch S., Novak M., Palamara GM., Rall BC., Rosenbaum B., Tabi A., Ward C., Williams R., Ye H. & Petchey OL. (2019). The intrinsic predictability of ecological time series and its potential to guide forecasting. Ecological Monographs, 89, e01359. DOI: 10.1002/ecm.1359