Dr Martin Dallimer
Associate Professor in Environmental Change
+44(0) 113 34
Email address: M.Dallimer@leeds.ac.uk
Affiliation: Sustainability Research Institute
I am interested in applying and integrating research techniques from across different disciplines to better understand the sustainable management of natural environments, biodiversity and ecosystems in a human-dominated world.
Currently my research falls into three broad areas (i) biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services; (ii) sustainable agriculture, land-use and development; and (iii) urban greenspaces and sustainable cities. My work centres on applying and developing methods to capture the value (both in monetary and non-monetary terms, as well as metrics of ecological 'quality') of catchments, ecosystems and natural environments. I am particularly interested in how these values might be linked both to biodiversity and underlying ecosystem functions, as well as to human health, well-being and life chances.
Prior to starting my current lectureship at the Sustainability Research Institute at the University of Leeds I held a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship at the University of Copenhagen. Between 2006 and 2011, I was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Sheffield. Initially I worked on the Rural Economy and Land Use (RELU) project “A Landscape-Scale Analysis of the Sustainability of the Hill Farming Economy on Upland Landscapes and Biodiversity”. From 2009, my focus shifted to the EPSRC-funded Sustainable Urban Environments project “UrbanRivers and Sustainable Living Agendas”. Both represented quite a shift from my NERC-CASE funded PhD “Understanding Migration Patterns of the Red-Billed Quelea in Southern Africa”, which centred on using molecular ecology and behavioural techniques and was based at the University of Edinburgh. Recently I have picked up my interest in the red-billed quelea, but now with a focus on their role as crop pests.
Peatland Tipping Points. This Valuing Nature Programme project is led by Mark Reed at Newcastle University and involves several of us at Leeds, including Dr Julia Martin-Ortega. Other partners include the Scottish Association for Marine Science, CEH Bangor, Scotland's Rural College and the BTO. We will investigate how changes in climate and how we manage land might lead to abrupt changes, or "tipping points", in the benefits that peatlands provide to UK society. We will identify early warning signs (such as changes in common insects) and provide evidence about the likely economic and social impacts of reaching tipping points. Our intention is that this information will be used to develop options for policy and practice that can help prevent tipping points being reached and facilitate restoration and sustainable management of peatlands across the UK. I've taken this summary from the project's website, where you can also find out more about the team and follow our progress over the next three years.
ADVENT: Addressing the value of energy and nature together. As part of the UKERC funded consortium we are investigating the public preference barriers to increased uptake of renewable and unconventional energy sources in the UK landscape. Our team, which includes Guy Ziv and Steve Carver in Geography is now fully up and running as we welcome Dr Cheng Wen as our post-doc on the project and Pip Roddis who will be undertaking her PhD as part of ADVENT.
Self-repairing Cities: Balancing the impact of city infrastructure engineering on natural systems using robots. My role in this EPSRC Grand Challenge research programme is to explore how changes in pollution (noise, air, light) and increased automation might impact biodiversity and urban ecosystem function.
Scientific backstopping support for the Economics of Land Degradation in India study. In a follow on to our project in western Kenya (see below), we are working with ICRISAT and GIZ to share knowledge and experiences of implementing the "6+1" methodology in across different global contexts.
Advancing knowledge on the costs, benefits, trade-offs of sustainable land management in Western and Northern Kenya. Funded by GIZ, the German government development agency, this project will apply the Economics of Land Degradation "6+1" methodology to assessing the costs and benefits of sustainable land management practices for smallholder farmers.
My Marie Curie Fellowship (2011-2013) TREUEVALUE - TRans-national EUropean Ecosystem VALUEs of grasslands was based at the Department of Food and Resource Economics (IFRO) and the Center for Macroecology, Climate and Evolution (CMEC) at the University of Copenhagen.
I have an ongoing research interest in biodiversity conservation on the islands of São Tomé and Príncipe. Currently I am a supervisor on an FCT-Portugal post-doctoral fellowship to Ricardo Lima who is working on a project aiming to disentangle the impact of multiple forms of anthropogenic disturbance on the islands’ biodiversity. Finally, I have been running a project in Zimbabwe, where we are examining how recent changes in farming practice and land ownership have impacted upon avian communities and natural resources. This work has been supported by a Rufford Foundation Small Grant and local land owners.
Capturing the benefits that people gain from the natural world, using monetary and non-monetary assessments of value
Urbanisation & urban ecosystems
The use of stated preference techniques for valuing biodiversity & ecosystem services
Non-monetary approaches to quantifying preferences for, and well-being gains from, biodiversity & the natural world
Agriculture, land management & land use change
- Hudson LN; Newbold T; Contu S; Hill SLL; Lysenko I; De Palma A; Phillips HRP; Alhusseini TI; Bedford FE; Bennett DJ; Booth H; Burton VJ; Chng CWT; Choimes A; Correia DLP; Day J; Echeverría-Londoño S; Emerson SR; Gao D; Garon M; Harrison MLK; Ingram DJ; Jung M; Kemp V; Kirkpatrick L; Martin CD; Pan Y; Pask-Hale GD; Pynegar EL; Robinson AN; Sanchez-Ortiz K; Senior RA; Simmons BI; White HJ; Zhang H; Aben J; Abrahamczyk S; Adum GB; Aguilar-Barquero V; Aizen MA; Albertos B; Alcala EL; del Mar Alguacil M; Alignier A; Ancrenaz M; Andersen AN; Arbeláez-Cortés E; Armbrecht I; Arroyo-Rodríguez V; Aumann T; Axmacher JC; Azhar B; Azpiroz AB; Baeten L; Bakayoko A; Báldi A; Banks JE; Baral SK; Barlow J; Barratt BIP; Barrico L; Bartolommei P; Barton DM; Basset Y; Batáry P; Bates AJ; Baur B; Bayne EM; Beja P; Benedick S; Berg Å; Bernard H; Berry NJ; Bhatt D; Bicknell JE; Bihn JH; Blake RJ; Bobo KS; Bóçon R; Boekhout T; Böhning-Gaese K; Bonham KJ; Borges PAV; Borges SH; Boutin C; Bouyer J; Bragagnolo C; Brandt JS; Brearley FQ; Brito I; Bros V; Brunet J; Buczkowski G; Buddle CM; Bugter R; Buscardo E; Buse J; Cabra-García J; Cáceres NC; Cagle NL; and 416 other authors (2017) The database of the PREDICTS (Projecting Responses of Ecological Diversity In Changing Terrestrial Systems) project, Ecology and Evolution, 7, pp.145-188. doi: 10.1002/ece3.2579
- Rendon OR; Dallimer M; Paavola J (2016) Flow and rent-based opportunity costs of water ecosystem service provsion in a complex farming system, Ecology and Society, 21, . doi: 10.5751/ES-08787-210436
- Pett TJ; Shwartz A; Irvine KN; Dallimer M; Davies ZG (2016) Unpacking the People-Biodiversity Paradox: A Conceptual Framework, BioScience, 66, pp.576-583. doi: 10.1093/biosci/biw036
- Dallimer M; Tang Z; Gaston KJ; Davies ZG (2016) The extent of shifts in vegetation phenology between rural and urban areas within a human-dominated region, Ecology and Evolution, 6, pp.1942-1953. doi: 10.1002/ece3.1990
- Zheng Y; Dallimer M (2016) What motivates rural households to adapt to climate change?, Climate and Development, 8, pp.110-121. doi: 10.1080/17565529.2015.1005037
- Favretto N; Stringer LC; Dougill AJ; Dallimer M; Perkins JS; Reed MS; Atlhopheng JR; Mulale K (2016) Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis to identify dryland ecosystem service trade-offs under different rangeland land uses, Ecosystem Services, 17, pp.142-151. doi: 10.1016/j.ecoser.2015.12.005
- Whitfield S; Benton TG; Dallimer M; Firbank LG; Poppy GM; Sallu SM; Stringer LC (2015) Sustainability spaces for complex agri-food systems, Food Security, 7, pp.1291-1297. doi: 10.1007/s12571-015-0512-3
- Dallimer M; Strange N (2015) Why socio-political borders and boundaries matter in conservation., Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 30, pp.132-139. doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2014.12.004
- Dallimer M; Jacobsen JB; Lundhede TH; Takkis K; Giergiczny M; Thorsen BJ (2015) Patriotic values for public goods: transnational trade-offs for biodiversity and ecosystem services?, Bioscience, 65, pp.33-42. doi: 10.1093/biosci/biu187
- Dallimer M; Davies ZG; Diaz-Porras DF; Irvine KN; Maltby L; Warren PH; Armsworth PR; Gaston KJ (2015) Historical influences on the current provision of multiple ecosystem services, Global Environmental Change, 31, pp.307-317. doi: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2015.01.015
- Dallimer M; Davies ZG; Irvine KN; Maltby L; Warren PH; Gaston KJ; Armsworth PR (2014) What personal and environmental factors determine frequency of urban greenspace use?, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 11, pp.7977-7992. doi: 10.3390/ijerph110807977
- Dallimer M; Tinch D; Hanley N; Irvine KN; Rouquette JR; Warren PH; Maltby L; Gaston KJ; Armsworth PR (2014) Quantifying preferences for the natural world using monetary and nonmonetary assessments of value, Conservation Biology, 28, pp.404-413. doi: 10.1111/cobi.12215
- De Lima RF; Barlow J; Viegas L; Solé N; Soares E; Dallimer M; Atkinson PW (2014) Can management improve the value of shade plantations for the endemic species of são tomé island?, Biotropica, 46, pp.238-247. doi: 10.1111/btp.12092
- Davies ZG; Dallimer M; Edmondson JL; Leake JR; Gaston KJ (2013) Identifying potential sources of variability between vegetation carbon storage estimates for urban areas, Environmental Pollution, 183, pp.133-142. doi: 10.1016/j.envpol.2013.06.005
- Rouquette JR; Dallimer M; Armsworth PR; Gaston KJ; Maltby L; Warren PH (2013) Species turnover and geographic distance in an urban river network, Diversity and Distributions, 19, pp.1429-1439. doi: 10.1111/ddi.12120
- de Lima RF; Olmos F; Dallimer M; Atkinson PW; Barlow J (2013) Can REDD+ help the conservation of restricted-range island species? Insights from the endemism hotspot of São Tomé., PLoS One, 8, . doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0074148
- Lennox GD; Gaston KJ; Acs S; Dallimer M; Hanley N; Armsworth PR (2013) Conservation when landowners have bargaining power: Continuous conservation investments and cost uncertainty, Ecological Economics, 93, pp.69-78. doi: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2013.04.016
- de Lima RF; Dallimer M; Atkinson PW; Barlow J (2013) Biodiversity and land-use change: Understanding the complex responses of an endemic-rich bird assemblage, Diversity and Distributions, 19, pp.411-422. doi: 10.1111/ddi.12015
- Dallimer M; Rouquette JR; Skinner AMJ; Armsworth PR; Maltby LM; Warren PH; Gaston KJ (2012) Contrasting patterns in species richness of birds, butterflies and plants along riparian corridors in an urban landscape, Diversity and Distributions, 18, pp.742-753. doi: 10.1111/j.1472-4642.2012.00891.x
- Dallimer M; Parnell M; Bicknell JE; Melo M (2012) The importance of novel and agricultural habitats for the avifauna of an oceanic island, Journal for Nature Conservation, 20, pp.191-199. doi: 10.1016/j.jnc.2012.04.001
- Hanley N; Acs S; Dallimer M; Gaston KJ; Graves A; Morris J; Armsworth PR (2012) Farm-scale ecological and economic impacts of agricultural change in the uplands, Land Use Policy, 29, pp.587-597. doi: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2011.10.001
- Davies ZG; Fuller RA; Dallimer M; Loram A; Gaston KJ (2012) Household factors influencing participation in bird feeding activity: a national scale analysis., PLoS ONE, 7, . doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0039692
- Armsworth PR; Acs S; Dallimer M; Gaston KJ; Hanley N; Wilson P (2012) The cost of policy simplification in conservation incentive programs., Ecol Lett, 15, pp.406-414. doi: 10.1111/j.1461-0248.2012.01747.x
- Lennox GD; Dallimer M; Armsworth PR (2012) Landowners' ability to leverage in negotiations over habitat conservation, Theoretical Ecology, 5, pp.115-128. doi: 10.1007/s12080-010-0103-z
- Dallimer M; Skinner AMJ; Davies ZG; Armsworth PR; Gaston KJ (2012) Multiple habitat associations: The role of offsite habitat in determining onsite avian density and species richness, Ecography, 35, pp.134-145. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0587.2011.07040.x
- Dallimer M; Irvine KN; Skinner AMJ; Davies ZG; Rouquette JR; Maltby LL; Warren PH; Armsworth PR; Gaston KJ (2012) Biodiversity and the feel-good factor: Understanding associations between self-reported human well-being and species richness, BioScience, 62, pp.47-55. doi: 10.1525/bio.2012.62.1.9
- Tinch D; Hanley N; Dallimer M; Posen P; Acs S; Gaston KJ; Armsworth PR (2012) Historical perspectives on the development of multifunctional landscapes: A case study from the uk uplands, Multifunctional Rural Land Management Economics and Policies, pp.277-294. doi: 10.4324/9781849772020
- Dallimer M; Tang Z; Bibby PR; Brindley P; Gaston KJ; Davies ZG (2011) Temporal changes in greenspace in a highly urbanized region., Biol Lett, 7, pp.763-766. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2011.0025
- Greve M; Chown SL; van Rensburg BJ; Dallimer M; Gaston KJ (2011) The ecological effectiveness of protected areas: A case study for South African birds, Animal Conservation, 14, pp.295-305. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-1795.2010.00429.x
- Dallimer M; Marini L; Skinner AMJ; Hanley N; Armsworth PR; Gaston KJ (2010) Agricultural land-use in the surrounding landscape affects moorland bird diversity, Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 139, pp.578-583. doi: 10.1016/j.agee.2010.09.019
- Dallimer M; Melo M; Collar NJ; Jones PJ (2010) The Príncipe Thrush Turdus xanthorhynchus: A newly split, 'Critically Endangered', forest flagship species, Bird Conservation International, 20, pp.375-381. doi: 10.1017/S0959270910000390
- Dallimer M; Gaston KJ; Skinner AM; Hanley N; Acs S; Armsworth PR (2010) Field-level bird abundances are enhanced by landscape-scale agri-environment scheme uptake., Biol Lett, 6, pp.643-646. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2010.0228
- Melo M; Bowie RCK; Voelker G; Dallimer M; Collar NJ; Jones PJ (2010) Multiple lines of evidence support the recognition of a very rare bird species: The Príncipe thrush, Journal of Zoology, 282, pp.120-129. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7998.2010.00720.x
- Acs S; Hanley N; Dallimer M; Gaston KJ; Robertson P; Wilson P; Armsworth PR (2010) The effect of decoupling on marginal agricultural systems: Implications for farm incomes, land use and upland ecology, Land Use Policy, 27, pp.550-563. doi: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2009.07.009
- Dallimer M; Melo M (2010) Rapid decline of the endemic giant land snail Archachatina bicarinata on the island of Príncipe, Gulf of Guinea, ORYX, 44, pp.213-218. doi: 10.1017/S0030605309990834
- King T; Dallimer M (2010) The fruit bats (Chiroptera: Pteropodidae) of the Lesio-Louna Reserve, Bateke Plateau, Republic of Congo, Mammalia, 74, pp.63-69. doi: 10.1515/MAMM.2009.073
- Dallimer M; Acs S; Hanley N; Wilson P; Gaston KJ; Armsworth PR (2009) What explains property-level variation in avian diversity? An inter-disciplinary approach, Journal of Applied Ecology, 46, pp.647-656. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2009.01616.x
- Dallimer M; King T; Atkinson RJ (2009) Pervasive threats within a protected area: Conserving the endemic birds of São Tomé, West Africa, Animal Conservation, 12, pp.209-219. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-1795.2009.00240.x
- Dallimer M; Tinch D; Acs S; Hanley N; Southall HR; Gaston KJ; Armsworth PR (2009) 100 years of change: Examining agricultural trends, habitat change and stakeholder perceptions through the 20th century, Journal of Applied Ecology, 46, pp.334-343. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2009.01619.x
- Dallimer M; King T (2008) Habitat preferences of the forest birds on the island of Príncipe, Gulf of Guinea, African Journal of Ecology, 46, pp.258-266. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2028.2007.00891.x
- Durrant KL; Reed JL; Jones PJ; Dallimer M; Cheke RA; McWilliam AN; Fleischer RC (2007) Variation in haematozoan parasitism at local and landscape levels in the red-billed quelea Quelea quelea, Journal of Avian Biology, 38, pp.662-671. doi: 10.1111/j.0908-8857.2007.04034.x
- Dallimer M; Jones PJ (2007) An estimation of the rate of reproductive cheating in the Red-billed Quelea Quelea quelea, Ostrich, 78, pp.637-639. doi: 10.2989/OSTRICH.2007.78.3.11.322
- Dallimer M; King T; Cope D; Jiana MB (2006) Estimation of population density of Eidolon helvum on the island of Príncipe, Gulf of Guinea, Mammalia, 70, pp.48-51. doi: 10.1515/MAMM.2006.014
- Stien A; Dallimer M; Irvine RJ; Halvorsen O; Langvatn R; Albon SD; Dallas JF (2005) Sex ratio variation in gastrointestinal nematodes of Svalbard reindeer; density dependence and implications for estimates of species composition., Parasitology, 130, pp.99-107.
- Stien A; Dallimer M; Irvine RJ; Halvorsen O; Langvatn R; Albon SD; Dallas JF (2005) Sex ratio variation in gastrointestinal nematodes of Svalbard reindeer; density dependence and implications for estimates of species composition, Parasitology, 130, pp.99-107. doi: 10.1017/S0031182004006298
- Dallimer M; Jones PJ; Pemberton JM; Cheke RA (2003) Lack of genetic and plumage differentiation in the red-billed quelea Quelea quelea across a migratory divide in southern Africa., Mol Ecol, 12, pp.345-353.
- Cheke RA; Jones PJ; Dallimer M; Green SV (2003) Armoured bush cricket attacks on nestling red-billed quelea (quelea quelea), Ostrich, 74, pp.135. doi: 10.2989/00306520309485382
- Dallimer M; Jones PJ (2002) Migration orientation behaviour of the red-billed quelea Quelea quelea, Journal of Avian Biology, 33, pp.89-94. doi: 10.1034/j.1600-048X.2002.330114.x
- Dallimer M; Blackburn C; Jones PJ; Pemberton JM (2002) Genetic evidence for male biased dispersal in the red-billed quelea Quelea quelea., Mol Ecol, 11, pp.529-533.
- Jones PJ; Dallimer M; Cheke RA; Mundy PJ (2002) Are there two subspecies of red-billed quelea, quelea quelea, in southern Africa?, Ostrich, 73, pp.36-42. doi: 10.2989/00306520209485349
- Dallimer M (1999) Cross-species amplification success of avian microsatellites in the redbilled quelea Quelea quelea, Molecular Ecology, 8, pp.695-698.