Adham Ashton-Butt

Post-doctoral Research Associate

Adham is part of the new avian migration and disease group at the University of Hull. In addition to his research in avian ecology and migration, he is interested in biodiversity/ecosystem function relationships and sustainable land management.

He particularly values multi-institutional and cross-disciplinary research and welcomes contact from other researchers/organisations who wish to collaborate.



Research Interests

  • State-of-the-art methods in aeroecology
  • Bird migration and ecosystem functioning
  • Wildlife and habitat conservation in Southeast Asia
  • Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in oil palm landscapes


Ashton-Butt, A., Aryawan, A. A. K., Hood, A., Naim, M., Purnomo, D., Suhardi, … Snaddon, J. L. (2018). Understory vegetation in oil palm plantations benefits soil biodiversity and decomposition rates. Frontiers in Forests and Global Change, 1, 10.

Ashraf, M., Zulkifli, R., Sanusi, R., Tohiran, K. A., Terhem, Ashton-Butt, A., R., … Azhar, B. (2018). Alley-cropping system can boost arthropod biodiversity and ecosystem functions in oil palm plantations. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 260, 19–26.

Jamhuri, J., Samantha, L. D., Tee, S. L., Kamarudin, N., Ashton-Butt, A., Zubaid, Ashton-Butt, A., Azhar, B. (2018). Selective logging causes the decline of large-sized mammals including those in unlogged patches surrounded by logged and agricultural areas. Biological Conservation, 227, 40–47.

Tee, S. L., Samantha, L. D., Kamarudin, N., Akbar, Z., Lechner, A. M., Ashton‐Butt, A., & Azhar, B. (2018). Urban forest fragmentation impoverishes native mammalian biodiversity in the tropics. Ecology and Evolution, 8(24), 12506–12521.

Tohiran, K. A., Nobilly, F., Maxwell, T., Puan, C. L., Zakaria, M., Ashton-Butt, A., … Azhar, B. (2019). Cattle Grazing Benefits Farmland Bird Community Composition in Oil Palm Plantations. ORNITHOLOGICAL SCIENCE, 18(1), 81–94.