Nicholas Kurti Junior Research Fellow, Brasenose College

Royal Society Research Fellow, Department of Zoology


MSc, PhD

Academic background

I obtained my PhD degree from the University of Helsinki in 2007. Between 2008 and 2013 I was a postdoctoral research fellow in Oxford, at the University of Turku (Finland) and at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (Panama), before taking up my current position as a Royal Society University Research Fellow at the Department of Zoology.

Research interests

Community ecology, ecology and evolution of plant-enemy interactions, insect ecology, tropical forest ecology.


I provide tutorials in ecology, evolution and conservation biology and supervise student projects related to areas of my research.

Selected publications

Bagchi, R., Gallery, R. E., Gripenberg, S., Gurr, S. E., Narayan, L., Addis, C. E., Freckleton, R. P. & Lewis, O. T. (2014)  Fungal pathogens and insect herbivores modify rainforest plant diversity and composition. Nature, 506: 85-88.

Morris, R. J., Gripenberg, S., Lewis, O. T. & Roslin, T. (2014) Antagonistic interaction networks are structured independently of latitude and host guild. Ecology Letters, 17: 340-349.

Gripenberg, S., Bagchi, R., Gallery, R. E., Freckleton, R. P., Narayan, L. & Lewis, O. T. (2014) Testing for enemy-mediated density-dependence in the mortality of seedlings: Field experiments with five Neotropical tree species. Oikos, 123: 185-193.

Tack, A. J., Gripenberg, S. & Roslin, T. (2012). Cross-kingdom interactions matter: fungal-mediated interactions structure an insect community on oak. Ecology Letters 15: 177-185.

Gripenberg, S., Mayhew, P. J., Parnell, M. & Roslin, T. (2010). A meta-analysis of host plant selection in phytophagous insects. Ecology Letters, 13: 383-393.

Gripenberg, S., Ovaskainen, O., Morriën, E. & Roslin, T. (2008). Spatial population structure of a specialist leaf-mining moth. Journal of Animal Ecology 77: 757-767.


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