My passion as a researcher lies with attempting to understand the intricate mechanisms that give rise to the complexity of ecosystems. My research takes a holistic perspective of the ecosystem and the philosophy that underlies my research, is that by understanding the mechanisms that operate at the ecosystem level, one can synthesise the often-idiosyncratic processes that typically preclude generality among lower levels of ecological organisation. I am profoundly interested in the mechanisms that link the structure of communities of organisms to the cycling of the key elements – carbon, nitrogen and phosphorous – through the biosphere, and how these linkages may be disrupted by global change. My research is multidisciplinary in its nature, drawing heavily from the fields of theoretical modelling, and empirical and experimental science. I am currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Queen Mary University of London.