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., Eggleton P., Manica A., Yusah K.M. & Foster W.A. (In press) Experimentally testing and assessing the predictive power of species assembly rules for tropical canopy ants. Ecology Letters [PDF]

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

Fayle T.M. (2015) Moral hazard in ecology. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 3: 3 [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]

Konopik O., Gray C., Grafe T.U., Steffan-Dewenter I. & Fayle T.M. (2014) From rain forest to oil palm plantations: shifts in predator population and prey communities, but resilient interactions. Global Ecology and Conservation 2: 385–394 [PDF]

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]

Fayle T.M., Edwards D.P., Turner, E.C., Dumbrell A.J., Eggleton P. & Foster W.A. (2012). Public goods, public services, and by-product mutualism in an ant-fern symbiosis. Oikos 121: 1279–1286 [PDF] [Suppl. Mat.] [Commentary in PLoS ONE]