Dr Tonya Lander

Research interests

Landscape ecology, pollination, genetic conservation, land management


The global decline of pollinators, linked to the loss of native ecosystems, constitutes a serious threat to ecosystem function and human food security. There is a dearth of empirical research combining data about landscape, pollinator movement, and pollen flow, and yet this information is essential for effective management and conservation plans. I use direct insect tracking technologies to improve our understanding of movement patterns of pollinators in relation to the spatial distribution of resources. The aim is to provide guidance that will help to protect pollinators, the plants they pollinate, and pollination services in human-modified landscapes. I am also a member of the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food.



Contacts from scientists interested in applying for postdoc fellowships to join the lab are welcome. Non-UK residents wishing to apply to EMBO, European Union, FEBS, Royal Society and national funding councils are especially encouraged to get in contact. Support will be offered for qualified candidates during the application process.  Prospective students may be interested in applying through the Oxford Doctoral Training Partnership.


Contact details


+44 (0) 1865 275148


Vinson, C., E. Mangaravite, A. Sebbenn, T.A. Lander. 2018. Using molecular markers to investigate genetic diversity, mating system and gene flow of Neotropical trees. Brazilian Journal of Botany doi.org/10.1007/s40415-018-0472-x

Lander T.A., A. Monro. 2015. Conservation of Brosimum alicastrum, an underutilized crop and keystone forest tree species; a potential win-win for conservation and development in Latin America. Biodiversity and Conservation 24: 1917-1930

Lander T.A., J.N. Candau , A. Chalon, A. Roig, C. Gidoin, D. Fallour, S. Oddou-Muratorio, E.K. Klein, M.A. Auger-Rozenberg, T. Boivin. 2014. Reconstruction of the invasion of a seed chalcid wasp in south-eastern France using air flow trajectories and Bayesian analysis of genetic data. Ecology and Evolution 4(24): 4609-4625

Bolliger J., T.A. Lander, N. Balkenhol. 2014. Landscape genetics since 2003: status, challenges and future directions. Landscape Ecology 29: 361-366

Lander T.A., E.K. Klein, S. Stoeckel, B. Musch, S. Oddou-Muratorio. 2013. Interpreting realized pollen flow in terms of pollinator travel paths and land-use resistance in heterogeneous landscapes. Landscape Ecology 28: 1769-1783

Lander T.A., B. Dadonaite, A. Monro. 2013. Microwave drying of plant material for herbarium specimens and genetic analysis. TAXON 62:790-797

Lander, T.A., D. Bebber, T.L. Choy, S.A. Harris and D.H. Boshier. 2011. The Circe Principle explains how resource-rich land can waylay pollinators in fragmented landscapes. Current Biology 21: 1302-7

Lander, T.A., S. Oddou-Muratorio, H. Prouillet-Leplat, E.K. Klein. 2011. Reconstruction of a beech population bottleneck using archival demographic information and Bayesian analysis of genetic data. Molecular Ecology 20: 5182–5196

Lander, T.A., D.H. Boshier, and S.A. Harris. 2010. Fragmented but not isolated: contribution of single trees, small patches and long distance pollen flow to genetic connectivity for Gomortega keule, an endangered Chilean tree. Biological Conservation 143:2583-2590

Lander, T.A., S.A. Harris and D.H. Boshier. 2009. Flower and fruit production and insect pollination of the endangered Chilean tree, Gomortega keule in native forest, exotic pine plantation and agricultural environments. Revista Chilena de Historia Natural 82: 403-412

Lander, T.A., D.H. Boshier, and S.A. Harris. 2007. Isolation and characterization of eight polymorphic microsatellite loci for the endangered, endemic Chilean tree Gomortega keule (Gomortegaceae). Molecular Ecology Notes 7:1332-1334

VanVolkenburgh, E., D.E. Blum, T.A. Lander. 1997. Botany humour. Plant Physiology 114: 1648-1648 Suppl.S


Publications in review

Westmoreland, A., J. Ollerton, T.A. Lander. In review. Zombies, Yetis, Scarecrows, and Giants: Four reasons for research transparency. Trends in Ecology and Evolution.

Chadwick, F., A.E. Martinez Bauer, A. Westmoreland, T.A. Lander. In review. A long, strange trip: Buff-tailed bumblebees fly far, stop often, and show very low flower constancy. PLOS ONE.


Non-refereed publications

Lander T. and Boshier D. 2013. Fragmentation, landscape functionalities and connectivity. In: Bozzano M., Jalonen R., Thomas E., Boshier D., Gallo L., Cavers S., Bordacs S., Smith P., and Loo J. (eds). Genetic considerations in ecosystem restoration using native tree species. A thematic study for the State of the World’s Forest Genetic Resources. United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Rome, Italy. http://www.fao.org/3/a-i3938e.pdf

Arnold F, Sepulveda CA, J San Martin, D Boshier, P. Penailillo, T Lander, P Garrido, S Harris & W Hawthorne (2010) Propuesta de una estrategia de conservación para los bosques nativos de la subregión costera del Maule. Darwin Maule.

Brown, N., T. Lander and M. Menton. 2005. A State of Knowledge Report on Biodiversity in Iraq, with Suggested Priorities for Conservation and Management. Oxford Forestry Institute and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Post-Conflict Assessment Unit report for the Interim Government of Iraq. Oxford, UK.

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