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Christopher Lavers

Associate Professor of Ecology and Biogeography, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Teaching Summary

Ecology, biogeography, evolution, palaeontology, geology, Earth history.

Research Summary

Interests include: Evolution, ecology and biogeography of metabolism in vertebrates. Global patterns of biodiversity. Habitat ecology of birds and carabid beetles. Ecology and history of Sherwood… read more

Selected Publications

  • BOURKE, B, FRANTZ, A, LAVERS, C, DAVISON, A and DAWSON, D. AND BURKE, T., 2010. Genetic signatures of population change in the British golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos). Conservation Genetics. 11,
  • LAVERS, C., 2009. The Natural History of Unicorns Granta (UK); Morrow (USA); forthcoming in Italian and German. (In Press.)
  • LAVERS, C., 2008. Why Elephants Have Big Ears (Chinese translation) Jiangsu science and Technology: Beijing..
  • LAVERS, C. AND KNAPP, M., 2008. On the origin of khutu Archives of Natural History. 35(2), 306-318

Current Research

Interests include: Evolution, ecology and biogeography of metabolism in vertebrates. Global patterns of biodiversity. Habitat ecology of birds and carabid beetles. Ecology and history of Sherwood Forest. Classical and Medieval natural history writing.

  • BOURKE, B, FRANTZ, A, LAVERS, C, DAVISON, A and DAWSON, D. AND BURKE, T., 2010. Genetic signatures of population change in the British golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos). Conservation Genetics. 11,
  • LAVERS, C., 2009. The Natural History of Unicorns Granta (UK); Morrow (USA); forthcoming in Italian and German. (In Press.)
  • LAVERS, C. AND KNAPP, M., 2008. On the origin of khutu Archives of Natural History. 35(2), 306-318
  • LAVERS, C., 2008. Why Elephants Have Big Ears (Chinese translation) Jiangsu science and Technology: Beijing..
  • FIELD, R., O BRIEN, E. M. and LAVERS, C. P., 2007. Global models for predicting woody plant richness from climate: reply Ecology. VOL 88(NUMB 1), 259-262
  • KOTTLER, D., WATKINS, C. and LAVERS, C., 2005. The transformation of Sherwood Forest in the Twentieth Century: the role of private estate forestry Rural History. 16(1), 95-110
  • WATKINS, C., LAVERS, C. and HOWARD, R., 2004. The use of dendrochronology to evaluate dead wood habitats and management priorities for the ancient oaks of Sherwood Forest.. In: HONNAY, O., VERHEYEN, K., BOSSUYT, B. and HERMY, M., eds., Forest biodiversity: lessons from history for conservation. Wallingford: CABI Publishing. 247-267
  • LAVERS, C., 2003. Proc Maiji Sloni Velke Usi (Czechoslovakian translation of Why Elephants Have Big Ears) Dokoran: Prague.
  • LAVERS, C., 2003. Warum haben Elefanten so grobe Ohren? (German translation of Why Elephants Have Big Ears) Luebbe: Gladbach (hbk and pbk).
  • WATKINS, C., LAVERS, C. and HOWARD, R., 2003. Veteran tree management and dendrochronology, Birklands and Bilhaugh cSAC, Nottinghamshire English Nature. (489)
  • WATKINS, C., LAVERS, C. and HOWARD, R., 2002. Dendrochronology and Ancient Oak Trees: preliminary results from Sherwood Forest, UK and the Val di Vara, Italy Archeologia Postmedievale. 6, 35-48
  • WATKINS, C. and LAVERS, C., 2002. Veteran tree management and dendrochronology. Research report to English Nature.
  • LAVERS, C., 2002. Zou-No Mimi-Wa Naze Ookii? (Japanese translation of Why Elephants Have Big Ears) Hayakawa Publishing: Tokyo.
  • LAVERS, C., 2002. Is the past the key to the future? Mercian Geologist. 15(3), 183
  • LAVERS, C., 2001. Why Elephants Have Big Ears. Understanding Paterns of Life on Earth. St Martin's Press: New York (hbk and pbk).
  • LAVERS, C., 2001. The Ancients' One-Horned Ass: accuracy and consistency Greek, Roman and Byzantine Studies. 40, 327-352
  • LAVERS, C., 2000. Why Elephants Have Big Ears: Nature's Engines and the Order of Life Gollancz: London (hbk and pbk).
  • LAVERS, C., 2000. The Pangean Catastrophe New Statesman. 29/5/2000, 25-27 (In Press.)
  • LAVERS, C., 1999. Grasslands. In: , ed., Encarta Encyclopedia Encarta: London. (In Press.)
  • LAVERS, C., 1999. Tunda. In: Encarta Encyclopedia Encarta: London.
  • LAVERS, C., 1999. Savannahs. In: Encarta Encyclopedia Encarta: London.
  • WALTINS, C. AND LAVERS C., 1998. Losing one's head in Sherwood Forest: the deadwood resource of the ancient oaks.. In: M. ATHERDEN AND R. BUTLIN, ed., Woodland in the Landscape. Leeds University Press: Leeds. (In Press.)
  • LAVERS, C. and HAINES-YOUNG, R., 1997. The use of satellite imagery to estimate Dunlin Calidris alpina abundance in Caithness and Sutherland and in the Shetland Islands Bird Study. VOL 44(NUMBER 2), 220-226
  • LAVERS, C. P., HAINES-YOUNG, R. H. and AVERY, M. I., 1996. The habitat associations of dunlin (Calidris alpina) in the Flow Country of northern Scotland and an improved model for predicting habitat quality Journal of Applied Ecology. VOL 33(NUMB 2), 279-290
  • LAVERS, C. P. and HAINES-YOUNG, R. H., 1996. The pattern of Dunlin Calidris alpina distribution and abundance in relation to habitat variation in the Flow Country of northern Scotland Bird Study. VOL 43(NUMBER 2), 231-239
  • WATKINS, C. AND LAVERS, C., 1996. Veteran oak tree survey of Birklands and Bilhaugh SSSI. English Nature Research Report: Peterborough.
  • HAINES-YONG, R. WATKINS, C. AND LAVERS, C., 1995. Assessing the impacts of agriculture on the countryside: Environmenta and the quality of life in Central Europe: problems of transition: Prague. (In Press.)
  • LAVERS, C. AND HAIES-YOUNG, R., 1994. Prediction of habitat quality for dunlin in the Flow Country of Caithness and Sutherland, northern Scotland Report to RSPB. (In Press.)
  • LAVERS, C. AND HAINES-YOUNG, R., 1993. The use of landscape models for prediction of the environmental impact of forestry. In: R. HAINES-YOUNG, S. COUSINS AND D. GREEN, ed., Landscape Ecology and GIS Taylor and Francis: London. 273-281
  • LAVERS, C. AND HAINES-YOUNG, R., 1993. The impact of afforestation on upland birds in Britain. In: C. WATKINS, ed., Ecological Effects of Afforestation CAB International: Oxford. 127-152

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