About Manu

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I am a community ecologist based at the University of New England, Australia. I work on a range of problems and systems to understand the links between ecological patterns and ecosystem services in multifunctional landscapes; these landscapes occur globally where nature, agriculture, and people interact. I use traditional biodiversity metrics, multivariate statistics and network approaches to understand how ecological interactions contribute to ecosystem function and associated services.

Most of my research focuses on insects, particularly how they interact with other organisms and their environment. Insects are critical to ecosystem function and are the most abundant and diverse group of animals on Earth. Yet only about 30% of the world’s insect species are known to science, and there is very little information available about most of these species.

I am passionate about natural history and interdisciplinary research, both of which are fundamental to ecological science and conservation.

I am a qualified and experienced science communicator and support a scicomm-friendly lab.

Find my blog and social media links at the top right of this page.

Project websites:

Dynamic Lagoons is a collaborative project funded by the NSW Government through a partnership between the Saving Our Species and the Environmental Trust.

I co-founded Wild Pollinator Count in 2014, Australia’s first national citizen science project focused on raising awareness about wild pollinators, and Wild Pollinators Oceania, an independent organisation focused on evidence-based wild pollinator conservation across Oceania.

Recent papers

Cavity occupancy by wild honey bees: need for evidence of ecological impacts

Saunders et al. (2021) Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment

Climate mediates roles of pollinator species in plant-pollinator networks

Saunders et al. (2023) Global Ecology and Biogeography

Limited understanding of bushfire impacts on Australian invertebrates

Saunders et al. (2021) Insect Conservation and Diversity

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