My current research centres on the mechanisms involved in the maintenance or loss of biodiversity on different scales – from genes and populations to species and landscapes. Much of my work focuses on semi-natural grassland ecosystems and the cultural landscape on the Baltic island of Öland (The Jordtorp project), and I am also involved in a project in Skåne that is evaluating relationships between prescribed management regimes (linked to subsidies) and species diversity in agricultural landscapes with differing land-use intensities. I have a long-standing interest in patterns of differentiation, evolution and systematics within the genus Silene.
Prentice, H.C., Lönn, M., Rosquist, G., Ihse, M. & Kindström, M. 2006. Gene diversity in a fragmented population of Briza media: grassland continuity in a landscape context. Journal of Ecology 94: 87-97.
Johansson, L.J., Hall, K., Prentice, H.C., Ihse, M., Reitalu, T., Sykes, M.T., & Kindström, M. 2008. Semi-natural grassland continuity, long-term land-use change and plant species richness in an agricultural landscape on Öland, Sweden. Landscape and Urban Planning 84: 200-211.
Andersson, S.A., Månsby, E. & Prentice, H.C. 2008. Paternal effects on seed germination: a barrier to the genetic assimilation of an endemic plant taxon? Journal of Evolutionary Biology 21: 1408-1417.
Rautenberg, A., Hathaway, L., Oxelman, B. & Prentice, H.C. 2010. Geographic and phylogenetic patterns in Silene section Melandrium (Caryophyllaceae) as inferred from chloroplast and nuclear DNA sequences. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 57: 978-991.