My name is Tom Fayle. I am an ecologist, with interests in community ecology, conservation biology and behavioural ecology. My work focuses on tropical ants, but I also study a range of other groups. I am currently a Principal Investigator at the Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic and a postdoctoral researcher at Imperial College London. My fieldwork takes me to Malaysian Borneo and Papua New Guinea.


Some recent publications

Fayle T.M., Turner E.C., Bassett Y., Ewers R.M., Reynolds G. & Novotny V. (2015) Whole-ecosystem experimental manipulations of tropical forests. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 30: 334–346 [PDF]

Fayle T.M., Eggleton P., Manica A., Yusah K.M. & Foster W.A. (2015) Experimentally testing and assessing the predictive power of species assembly rules for tropical canopy ants. Ecology Letters 18: 254-262 [PDF]

Ewers R.M., Boyle M.J.W., Gleave R., Plowman N.S., Benedick S., Bernard H., Bishop T.R., Bakhtiar E.Y., Chey V.K., Chung A.Y.C., Davies R.G., Edwards D.P., Eggleton P., Fayle T.M., Hardwick S.R., Homathevi H., Kitching R.L., Khoo M.S., Luke S.H., March J.J., Nilus R., Pfeifer M., Rao S.V., Sharp A.C. Snaddon J.L., Stork N.E., Struebig M.J., Wearn O.R., Yusah K.M., and Turner E.C. (2015) Logging cuts the functional contribution of invertebrates in tropical rainforest. Nature Communications 6: 6836 [PDF]

Fayle T.M., Scholtz O., Dumbrell A.J., Russell S., Segar S.T. & Eggleton P. (2015) Detection of mitochondrial COII DNA sequences in ant guts as a method for assessing termite predation by ants. PLOS ONE 10(4): e0122533 [PDF]

Fayle T.M., Edwards D.P., Foster W.A., Yusah K.M. & Turner E.C. (2015) An ant-plant by-product mutualism is robust to selective logging of rain forest and conversion to oil palm plantation.178:441–450 Oecologia [PDF]

Gray C., Lewis O., Chung A.Y. & Fayle T.M. (2015) Riparian reserves within oil palm plantations conserve logged forest leaf litter ant communities and maintain associated scavenging rates. Journal of Applied Ecology 52: 31-40 [PDF] [Earth Times]

Yusah K.M. & Fayle T.M. (2014) The first record of fly of the family Milichiidae interacting with an ant of the genus Polyrhachis. Biodiversity Data Journal 2: e4168 [PDF]

Fayle T.M., Turner E.C. & Foster W.A (2013) Ant mosaics occur in SE Asian oil palm plantation but not rain forest and are influenced by the presence of nest-sites and non-native species. Ecography 36: 1051-1057 [PDF] [Suppl. Mat.] [NERC Planet Earth] [Mongabay]