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Luke Bentley

School of Biological and Environmental Sciences

Faculty of Science

I am part of a research group that undertakes assessments highlighting, among other things, the best places for habitat interventions to be made and the quantitative benefits of these interventions, particularly in terms of environmental net gain and habitat connectivity. We use the tool EcoservR, a spatial mapping and ecosystem service modelling R package, and our work also involves maintenance, development and research around this tool.


2021, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, PhD, Conservation Ecology
2016, Rhodes University, South Africa, MSc, Botany


Bentley L. 2022. The evolution, ecology and conservation of Conophytum N.E.Br. (Aizoaceae) – a diverse genus of dwarf succulent plants in an arid biodiversity hotspot in southern Africa. Bourke D, Young A, Kapralov M. Public Url

Journal article

Bentley LK, Robertson MP, Barker NP. 2019. Range contraction to a higher elevation: the likely future of the montane vegetation in South Africa and Lesotho Biodiversity and Conservation, 28 :131-153 DOI Publisher Url

Bentley LK, O’Connor TG. 2018. Temperature control of the distributional range of five C3 grass species in the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa African Journal of Range & Forage Science, 35 :45-54 DOI Publisher Url

Bentley L, Barker NP, Dold AP. 2015. Genetic diversity of the endangered Faucaria tigrina (Aizoaceae) through ISSR “fingerprinting” using automated fragment detection Biochemical Systematics and Ecology, 58 :156-161 DOI Publisher Url