Dr Mike P. Oatham

Lecturer in Plant Science

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Dr Mike P. Oatham
Contact Information

Department of Life Sciences
The University of The West Indies
St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago

Natural Sciences Building, Old Wing
, Room 222

Tel: UWI ext 83088
Fax: 1(868) 663-5241
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  • B.Sc. (Botany and Geology) University of Western Australia (1987).
  • Honours (Plant Ecophysiology) University of Queensland (1989).
  • Ph.D. (Plant Ecology) University of Kent at Canterbury (1994).
Current Graduate Students:
  • Natalie Boodram (M.Phil. Student) - The ecology and distribution of plants on Little Tobago island.
  • Nicholla Johnson (M.Phil. Student) - Population dynamics of a palm species in the Nariva swamp.
  • Nigel Austin (M.Phil. Student) - Logging and the genetic variability of tree species.
  • Sheeba Sreenivasan (M.Phil. Student) - Logging and epiphyte diversity.
  • Clare Bowen-O’Connor (M.Phil. Student) - Conservation Assessment of the Southern Watershed W.S.
  • Shane Ballah (M.Phil. Student) - Ant-Heliconia interactions.


Current Research Projects:
  • Investigating ecological aspects of data on canopy tree dynamics gathered by the Forestry Dept over the last thirteen years in the Victoria-Mayaro Forest Reserve, Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Investigating the population dynamics of Mora seedlings in the proposed Matura National Park, Trinidad W.I.
  • Investigating the tropical tree seedling, sapling and mature tree dynamics.
  • Investigating the controls on expansion of Mora exselsa into adjacent mixed forest.
  • Preparation of a GIS database for the Victoria-Mayaro Forest Reserve using geographical and Forestry Department data.
Selected Bibliography:
  • Oatham M.P. 1996. Restoration of habitats for the Houbara Bustard in Abu Dhabi. in: Desert ecology of Abu Dhabi. (Osborne P. ed) iPicses Press, Newbury.
  • Oatham M.P., Nicholls M.K. and Swingland I.R. 1995. Manipulation of vegetation communities on the Abu Dhabi rangelands. I. The effects of irrigation and release from grazing. Biodiversity and Conservation 4, 696-709.
  • Oatham M.P., Nicholls M.K. and Swingland I.R. 1995. Manipulation of vegetation communities on the Abu Dhabi rangelands. II. The effects of topsoiling and drip irrigation. Biodiversity and Conservation 4, 710-718.
  • Oatham M.P. 1997 Water Relations of Zygophyllum hamiense, Heliotropium kotschyi and Panicum turgidum and their response to rangeland management techniques in Abu Dhabi. Journal of Arid Environments. 35:95-110
  • Oatham M.P. and Beehler B.M. 1998. Richness, Taxonomic Composition, and species patchiness in three lowland rainforest treeplots in Papua New Guinea. In Proceedings of the Smithsonian/Man and the Biosphere Biodiversity program International Symposium. Measuring and Monitoring Forest Biological Diversity: The International Network of Biodiversity Plots. Washington
  • Wood B.C., Clubbe, C., Gillman, M.P., Hosie L., Kauffmann J.L.D. and Oatham M. 1999. A sustainable tropical forest management system in Trinidad. Conference Proceedings of the International Sustainable Development Conference at Leeds, March 25th-26th 1999. Pp 428-434

Revised: 24 October 2011