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Anne Oxbrough


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 Dr. Anne Oxbrough Post-doctoral Researcher

 School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences, University College Cork,

 353 (0)21 4904663


Anne Oxbrough worked on the BIOFOREST project at University College Cork (2001-06), during which time she completed a PhD thesis ‘The effect of plantation forests on ground-dwelling spiders’ before beginning a postdoctoral position (2007-09) on the PLANFORBIO programme examining spiders and Carabid beetles in plantation forests and native woodlands. Anne is currently on a two year secondment at the Department of Renewable Resources at the University of Alberta. This research is jointly supervised by Professor John Spence (UofA) and Prof. John O'Halloran and will examine the influence of structural and functional habitat features on a range of ground-dwelling invertebrate taxa in Albertan mixedwood forests. This will be proceeded by a third year at University College Cork examining invertebrates diversity mixed plantation forests and will include linkages with the PLANFORBIO projects. Anne's general research interests include forest ecology and the sustainable management of forested and agricultural ecosystems with a focus on entomology and arachnology.


  • Oxbrough, A., French, V., Irwin, S., Kelly, T.C., Smiddy, P. & O'Halloran, J. 2012. Can mixed species stands enhance arthropod diversity in plantation forests? Forest Ecology and Management, 270: 11-18. Oxbrough et al 2012
  • Oxbrough, A., Irwin, S., Kelly, T.C. & O'Halloran. 2010. Ground-dwelling invertebrates in reforested conifer plantations. Forest Ecology & Management, 259: 2111-2121Oxbrough et al. 2010
  • Oxbrough, A., Gittings, T., Kelly, T.C., O'Halloran, J. 2009. Can Malaise traps be used to sample spiders for biodiversity assessment? Journal of Insect Conservation, 14 (2): 169-179.
  • Smith, G.F., Gittings, T., Wilson, M., French, L., Oxbrough, A., O'Donoghue, S., O'Halloran, J., Kelly, D. L., Mitchell, F. J. G., Kelly, T., Iremonger, S., McKee, A-M., Giller, P. 2008. Identifying practical indicators of biodiversity for stand-level management of plantation forests. Biodiversity Conservation, 17: 991-1015.
  • Oxbrough, A., Gittings T., O’Halloran J., Giller P.S., Kelly T. C. 2007. Biodiversity of the ground-dwelling spider fauna of afforestation habitats. Agriculture Ecosystems and Environment,120: 433-441. Oxbrough et al., 2007
  • Oxbrough, A., Gittings T., O’Halloran J., Giller P.S., Kelly T. C. 2006. The influence of open space on ground-dwelling spider assemblages within plantation forests. Forest Ecology and Management, 237: 478-491. Oxbrough et al., 2006a
  • Oxbrough, A., Gittings T., O’Halloran J., Giller P.S 2006. The initial effects of afforestation on ground-dwelling spider fauna among several habitat types. Forest Ecology and Management, 237: 404-417. Oxbrough et al., 2006b
  • Oxbrough, A, Gittings, T.,  O'Halloran, J.,  Giller, P.S., Smith, G.F. 2005. Structural indicators of spider communities across the forest plantation cycle. Forest, Ecology and Management, 213: 171-183. Oxbrough et al., 2005
  • Oxbrough, A., & Ramsay, P., M. 1999. Páramo spiders of Volcán Chiles, Ecuador In: The Ecology of Volcán Chiles, Ramsay, P., M. (Ed). Pebble & Shell.





Planning and Management Tools for Biodiversity in a Range of Irish Forests

PLANFORBIO Research Programme, Dept. of Zoology, Ecology & Plant Science, University College Cork, Distillery Fields,North Mall, Cork, Ireland