I am a transdisciplinary ecologist interested in the sustainable development and understanding where we as humans fit into the big ecological picture. My current work focusses on identifying, assessing and mapping ecosystem services in the newly designated UNESCO Nordhordland Biosphere. I am using co-creation methods incorporating both expert scientific knowledge and local participation.
I have a background in various research fields including macroecology and ecophysiology. In addition, I have worked for local government and consultancy during which I was involved in ecological restoration projects, ecological management and restoration planning for private clients and protected areas.
Donnellan Barraclough, A. M., R. Zweifel, J. Cusens, S. Leuzinger. Disentangling the net: concomitant xylem and over-bark measurements reveal the phloem-generated osmotic adjustment behind daytime stem swelling in the mangrove Avicennia marina (Forssk.) Vierh. Functional Plant Biology, 46:5, 393-406. doi: https://doi.org/10.1071/FP18155
Donnellan Barraclough, A. M., R. Zweifel, J. Cusens, S. Leuzinger. (2018). Daytime stem swelling and seasonal reversal in the peristaltic depletion of stored water along the stem of Avicennia marina (Forssk.) Vierh. Tree Physiology, 38:7, 965–978. https://doi.org/10.1093/treephys/tpy021
Tran, P., I. Gritcan, J. Cusens, A. C. Alfaro, S. Leuzinger. (2017). Biomass and nutrient composition of temperate mangroves (Avicennia marina var. australasica) in New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, 51:3, 427-442. doi: 10.1080/00288330.2016.1260604
Leuzinger, S., S. Fatichi, J. Cusens, C. Körner and P. Niklaus. (2015).The ‘island effect’ in terrestrial global change experiments - a problem with no solution? Special issue ‘Scaling effects regulating plant response to global change’ in AOB Plants. doi:10.1093/aobpla/plv092. (Open access)
Gillman, L.N., S.D. Wright, J. Cusens, P.D. McBride, Y. Malhi and R.J. Whittaker. (2015). Latitude, productivity and species richness. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 24, 107–117. doi: 10.1111/geb.12245. (Open access)
McBride P.D., J. Cusens and L.N. Gillman. (2014). Revisiting spatial scale in the productivity–species richness relationship: fundamental issues and global change implications. Special issue ‘Scaling effects regulating plant response to global change’ in AOB Plants. 6. doi: 10.1093/aobpla/plu057. (Open access)
Cusens, J., S.D. Wright, P.D. McBride and L.N. Gillman. (2012). What is the form of the productivity–animal species richness relationship? A critical review and meta-analysis. Ecology, 93:10, 2241–2252. doi: 10.1890/11-1861.1