Dr Laura Graham

Dr Laura Graham

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Birmingham Fellow
IIASA-NERC Research Fellow

Contact details

Address
School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

Laura Graham is a computational and spatial ecologist interested in understanding how anthropogenic changes such as climate and land-use change affect global ecosystems, and how this in turn affects human well-being. Read more about Laura’s research at laurajanegraham.github.io. 

Laura is currently working on the IIASA-NERC funded fellowship A complex-systems approach to improve understanding of the biodiversity-landscape structure relationship.

Qualifications

  • PhD Geography, University of Nottingham
  • MSc Environmental Management, University of Nottingham (Distinction)
  • BSc Mathematics, University of Southampton (First)

Research

I am a computational/spatial ecologist interested in understanding how anthropogenic changes such as climate and land-use change affect global ecosystems, and how this in turn affects human well-being.

I am particularly interested in using novel statistical methods and heterogeneous sources of data to answer applied and theoretical questions. I was previously a mathematician and database developer, and apply skills learned there to answer ecological questions.

I am currently working at the University of Birmingham in the role of Birmingham Fellow. The first three years of this will be spent working on the IIASA-NERC funded project A complex-systems approach to improve understanding of the biodiversity-landscape structure relationship.

Other activities

  • BES Publications Committee – Committee Member
  • BES Events Committee – Chair
  • BES Quantitative Ecology Group – Secretary
  • Methods in Ecology & Evolution – Associate Editor
  • People & Nature – Associate Editor
  • Fellow of the Turing Institute

Publications

Recent publications

Article

Lewis, CHM, Little, K, Graham, LJ, Kettridge, N & Ivison, K 2024, 'Diurnal fuel moisture content variations of live and dead Calluna vegetation in a temperate peatland', Scientific Reports, vol. 14, no. 1, 4815. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-024-55322-z

Little, K, Graham, LJ, Flannigan, M, Belcher, CM & Kettridge, N 2024, 'Landscape controls on fuel moisture variability in fire-prone heathland and peatland landscapes', Fire Ecology, vol. 20, no. 1, 14. https://doi.org/10.1186/s42408-024-00248-0

Little, K, Graham, LJ & Kettridge, N 2023, 'Accounting for among-sampler variability improves confidence in fuel moisture content field measurements', International Journal of Wildland Fire, vol. 33, no. 1, WF23078. https://doi.org/10.1071/WF23078

Graham, LJ, Watts, K & Eigenbrod, F 2023, 'Teasing apart fine- and coarse-scale effects of environmental heterogeneity on tree species richness in Europe', Basic and Applied Ecology, vol. 66, pp. 78-84. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.baae.2022.12.002

Nogué, S, Nascimento, LD, Graham, L, Brown, LA, González, LAG, Castilla‐Beltrán, A, Peñuelas, J, Fernández‐Palacios, JM & Willis, KJ 2022, 'The spatiotemporal distribution of pollen traits related to dispersal and desiccation tolerance in Canarian laurel forest', Journal of Vegetation Science, vol. 33, no. 5, e13147. https://doi.org/10.1111/jvs.13147

Novella‐Fernandez, R, Juste, J, Ibáñez, C, Rebelo, H, Russo, D, Alberdi, A, Kiefer, A, Graham, L, Paul, H, Doncaster, CP, Razgour, O & Capinha, C (ed.) 2021, 'Broad‐scale patterns of geographic avoidance between species emerge in the absence of fine‐scale mechanisms of coexistence', Diversity and Distributions, vol. 27, no. 9, pp. 1606-1618. https://doi.org/10.1111/ddi.13375

Fox, N, Graham, L, Eigenbrod, F, Bullock, JM & Parks, KE 2021, 'Enriching social media data allows a more robust representation of cultural ecosystem services', Ecosystem Services, vol. 50, 101328. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2021.101328

Hesselbarth, MHK, Nowosad, J, Signer, J & Graham, LJ 2021, 'Open-source tools in R for landscape ecology', Current Landscape Ecology Reports. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40823-021-00067-y

Fox, N, Graham, L, Eigenbrod, F, Bullock, JM & Parks, KE 2021, 'Reddit: a novel data source for cultural ecosystem service studies', Ecosystem Services, vol. 50, 101331. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2021.101331

Graham, L 2020, 'Identifying Agricultural Frontiers for Modeling Global Cropland Expansion', One Earth, vol. 3, no. 4, pp. 504-514. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.oneear.2020.09.006

Fox, N, Graham, LJ, Eigenbrod, F, Bullock, JM & Parks, KE 2020, 'Incorporating geodiversity in ecosystem service decisions', Ecosystems and People, vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 151-159. https://doi.org/10.1080/26395916.2020.1758214

Fox, N, August, T, Mancini, F, Parks, KE, Eigenbrod, F, Bullock, JM, Graham, L & Sutter, L 2020, '“photosearcher” package in R: An accessible and reproducible method for harvesting large datasets from Flickr', SoftwareX. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.softx.2020.100624

Spake, R, Bellamy, C, Graham, LJ, Watts, K, Wilson, T, Norton, LR, Wood, CM, Schmucki, R, Bullock, JM & Eigenbrod, F 2019, 'An analytical framework for spatially targeted management of natural capital', Nature Sustainability, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 90-97. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41893-019-0223-4

Calderon-Aguilera, LE, Graham, LJ & Eigenbrod, F 2019, 'Ignoring the spatial structure of the sea cucumber Isostichopus fuscus distribution when granting quotas can be costly', Ocean and Coastal Management, vol. 178, 104859. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2019.104859

Editorial

McCrea, R, King, R, Graham, L & Börger, L 2023, 'Realising the promise of large data and complex models', Methods in Ecology and Evolution, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 4-11. https://doi.org/10.1111/2041-210X.14050

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