For a complete list of team publications, including PDF copies, please see the external profile links at Google Scholar, ResearchGate and ResearcherID provided for team members on the people page.  You can also read about our team publications between 2009 and 2019 at this post.


Upcoming publications to look out for:

Cámara-Leret, R., and 98 others, including Webber, B.L. (2020) New Guinea has the world’s richest flora. Nature, Online early (DOI: 10.1038/s41586-020-2549-5) [View Article]

• Ridsdill‐Smith, T.J. (2020) Dance of the Dung Beetles: Their Role in a Changing World by Marcus Byrne and Helen Lunn. Wits University Press, 2019. pp. 228. ISBN‐13: 978‐1776142347. Paperback. Austral Entomology, Online early (DOI: 10.1111/aen.12461) [View Article]

• Abrams, K.M., Huey, J., Hillyer, M.J., Didham, R.K. and Harvey, M.S. (2020). A systematic revision of Draculoides (Schizomida: Hubbardiidae) of the Pilbara, Western Australia, Part I: the Western Pilbara. Zootaxa (Accepted).

• Shokirov, S., Levick, S., Jucker, T., Yeoh, P. and Youngentob, K. (2020) Comparison of TLS and ULS data for wildlife habitat assessments in temperate woodlands.  IEEE 2020 International Geoscience & Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS 2020, a virtual conference 26 Sep- 2 Oct 2020) [Abstract]

• Sramek, P. and Somaweera, R. (2020) Record of Limnonectes macrodon from Bali, Indonesia. Taprobanica. (Accepted) 

• Barr, J., Somaweera, R., Godfrey, S.S., Gardner, M.G. and Bateman, P.W. (2020). When one tail isn’t enough: abnormal caudal regeneration in non-serpent Squamates and Rhynchocephalia and their potential ecological impacts. Biological Reviews Online early (DOI: 10.1111/brv.12625). [View Article] 


Selected recent publications (2020):

• Somaweera, R., Nifong, J., Rosenblatt, A., Brien, M.L., Combrink, X., Elsey, R.M., Grigg, G., Magnusson, W.E., Mazzotti, F.J., Pearcy, A., Platt, S.G., Shirley, M.H., Tellez, M., van der Ploeg, J., Webb, G., Whitaker, R., and Webber, B.L. (2020) The ecological importance of crocodylians: towards evidence-based justification for their conservation. Biological Reviews 95, 936-959 [View Article]

• Jucker, T., Long, V., Pozzari, D., Fitzpatrick, B., Yeoh, P.B. and Webber B.L. (2020) Developing effective management solutions for controlling stinking passionflower (Passiflora foetida) and promoting the recovery of native biodiversity in Northern Australia. Biological Invasions. 22, 2737–2748. [View Article]

• Liu, J., Zhong, Y., Zhong, L., Wei, B., Zheng, S., Xie, Y., Jin, Y. & Yu, M. (2020) The asymmetric relationships of the distribution of conspecific saplings and adults in forest fragments. Journal of Plant Ecology. 13, 398-404 [View Article]

• Somaweera, R. (2020). A naturalists’ guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Bali. 2nd Edition. John Beaufoy Publishing, Oxford, UK. [View Book]

• Somaweera, R., Yeoh, P.B., Jucker, T., Clarke, R.H. and Webber, B.L. (2020) Historical context, current status and management priorities for introduced Asian house geckos at Ashmore Reef, north-western Australia. Bioinvasion Records 9, 408-420 [View Article]

• Muga, K., Robillard, A.J. and Somaweera, R. (2020) Eretmochelys imbricata (hawksbill sea turtle): predation. Herpetological Review 51, 313 [View Article].

• Cao, R., Somaweera, R., Brittain, K., FitzSimmons, N.N., Georges, A. and Gongora, J. (2020) Genetic structure and diversity of Australian freshwater crocodiles (Crocodylus johnstoni) from the Kimberley, Western Australia. Conservation Genetics. 21, 421–429 [View Article]

• Didham, R.K., Barbero, F., Collins, C.M., Forister, M.L., Hassall, C., Leather, S.R., Packer, L., Saunders, M.E. and Stewart, A.J.A. (2020). Spotlight on insects: trends, threats and conservation challenges. Insect Conservation and Diversity 13, 99-102. [View Article]

• Didham, R. K., Basset, Y., Collins, C.M., Leather, S.R., Littlewood, N.A, Menz, M.H.M., Müller, J., Packer, L., Saunders, M.E., Schönrogge, K., Stewart, A.J.A., Yanoviak, S.P. and Hassall, C. (2020). Interpreting insect declines: seven challenges and a way forward. Insect Conservation and Diversity 13, 103-114. [View Article]

• Gardiner T. and Didham, R.K. (2020) Glowing, glowing, gone? Monitoring long-term trends in glow-worm numbers in south-east England. Insect Conservation and Diversity 13: 162-174. [View Article]

Udyawer, V., Somaweera, R., Nitschke, C., d’Anastasi, B., Sanders, K., Webber, B.L., Hourston, M., and Heupel, M.R. (2020) Prioritising search effort to locate previously unknown populations of endangered marine reptiles. Global Ecology and Conservation, 22, e01013. [View Article]

• Jin,Y., Didham, R.K., Yuan, J.F., Guang, H., Yu, J.J., Zheng, S., & Yu, M. (2020). Cross-scale drivers of plant trait distributions in a fragmented forest landscape. Ecography 43, 467-479 [View Article]

• Didham, R.K. (2020) Review of The Effective Scientist: A Handy Guide to a Successful Academic Career by Corey J. A. Bradshaw; illustrated by René Campbell. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge and New York. Quarterly Review of Biology 95, 96-97. [View Article]

• Kipp, M.A., Stüeken, E.E., Gehringer, M.M., Sterelny, K., Scott, J.K., Forster, P.I., Strömberg, C.A.E., and Buick, R. (2020). Exploring cycad foliage as an archive of the isotopic composition of atmospheric nitrogen. Geobiology, 18, 152-166. [View Article]


Selected earlier publications:

• Ashton, L.A., Griffiths, H.M., Parr, C.L., Evans, T.A., Didham, R.K., Hasan, F., Teh, Y.A., Tin, H.S., Vairappan, C.S. & Eggleton, P. (2019) Termites mitigate the effects of drought in tropical rainforest. Science, 363, 174-177. [View Article] [including cover image]

Fletcher, R.J., Jr., Didham, R.K., Banks-Leite, C., Barlow, J., Ewers, R.M., Rosindell, J., Holt, R.D., Gonzalez, A., Pardini, R., Damschen, E.I., Melo, F.P.L., Ries, L., Prevedello, J.A., Tscharntke, T., Laurance. W.F., Lovejoy, T., and Haddad, N.M. (2018) Is habitat fragmentation good for biodiversity? Biological Conservation 226, 9-15.  [View Article]

Tsen, E.W.J., Sitzia, T. and Webber, B.L. (2016). To core, or not to core: the impact of coring on tree health and a best-practice framework for collecting dendrochronological information from living trees. Biological Reviews, 91, 899–924. doi:10.1111/brv.12200

The first paper to synthesise evidence for the impact of tree coring on tree health.  The review also sets out a best practice framework for ensuring this dendrochronological practice does not negatively impact on conservation outcomes.

Webber, B.L., Raghu, S. and Edwards, O.R. (2015) Is CRISPR-based gene drive a biocontrol silver bullet or global conservation threat? Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 112, 10565-10567. [View Article]

The first paper to draw attention to the significant challenges of social licence when applying CRISPR-based gene drive to biological control. In the top 5% of all research papers ever scored by Altmetric.

Rangan, H., Bell, K.L. , Baum, D., Fowler, R., McConvell, P., Saunders, T., Spronck, S., Kull, C.A. and Murphy, D.J. (2015) New genetic and linguistic analyses show humans shaped baobab evolution in Australia over thousands of years. PLoS One, 10, e0119758 [View Article]

This interdisciplinary paper was a collaboration with linguists working on terms for boab trees in Aboriginal languages of the Kimberley, generating substantial interest and attention across many disciplines.

Webber, B.L. & Scott, J.K. (2012) Rapid global change: implications for defining natives and aliens. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 21, 305-311. [View Article] [Cover Image] [The Conversation article]

The most downloaded paper in 2012 for Global Ecology and Biogeography, this paper provides the basis for radical change on how we consider appropriate species movements with rapid global change and is the first paper to explicitly consider the issue of range shifts in response to rapid global change for defining native and non-native status.

Pettigrew, J.D., Bell, K.L., Bhagwandin, A., Grinan, E., Jillani, N., Meyer, J., Wabuyele, E. and Vickers, C.E. (2012) Morphology, ploidy and molecular phylogenetics reveal a new diploid species from Africa in the baobab genus Adansonia (Malvaceae: Bombacoideae). Taxon, 61, 1240-1250. [View Article]

Using multiple data sources we revealed a new species of baobab from Africa, a significant revelation, given that the baobab is such a distinctive part of the African landscape.

Tscharntke, T., Tylianakis, J.M., Rand, T.A., Didham, R.K., Fahrig, L., Batary, P., Bengtsson, J., Clough, Y., Crist, T.O., Dormann, C.F., Ewers, R.M., Fründ, J., Holt, R.D., Holzschuh, A., Klein, A.M., Kleijn, D., Kremen, C., Landis, D.A., Laurance, W.F., Lindenmayer, D.B., Scherber, C., Sodhi, N., Steffan-Dewenter. I., Thies, C., van der Putten, W. H. & Westphal, C. (2012) Landscape moderation of biodiversity patterns and processes ‐ eight hypotheses. Biological Reviews, 87, 661-685. [View Article]

Thomson Reuters ‘Highly Cited Paper’. Comprehensive synthesis of the hypotheses underpinning land use impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem services, produced with an international consortium of researchers.

Didham, R.K., Kapos, V. & Ewers, R.M.  (2012)  Rethinking the conceptual foundations of habitat fragmentation research. Oikos, 121, 161-170. [View Article]

New synthesis that challenges accepted paradigms in habitat fragmentation research, and provides the basis for much of the current international development of the discipline.

Webber, B.L., Yates, C.J., Le Maitre, D.C., Scott, J.K., Kriticos, D.J., Ota, N., McNeill, A., Le Roux, J.J. & Midgley, G.F. (2011) Modelling horses for novel climate courses: insights from projecting potential distributions of native and alien Australian acacias with correlative and mechanistic models. Diversity and Distributions, 17, 978-1000. [View Article]

One of the top cited manuscripts for 2012 from Diversity and Distributions, this paper takes an ecophysiological approach to the modelling of species distributions in regions of novel climate space. The work challenges the validity of the widespread approach of applying correlative modelling to novel climate questions and provides significant advances in obtaining meaningful model output when considering novel environments.

Webber, B.L., Scott, J.K. & Didham, R.K. (2011) Translocation or bust! A new acclimatization agenda for the 21st century? Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 26, 495-496. [View Article]

Drawing upon insight from invasion science, paper challenges the notion that managed relocation (MR) is a desirable first choice for conservation management in the face of global environmental change and frames measures of successful MR in the context of what might be considered appropriate with rapid climate change.

Webber, B.L. & Woodrow, I.E. (2009) Chemical and physical plant defence across multiple ontogenetic stages in a tropical rain forest understorey tree. Journal of Ecology, 97, 761-771. [View Article]

The most comprehensive study of ontogenetic variation in plant defence mechanisms to date, one of the few studies that adequately deals with the difference between plant-and tissue-level ontogenetic variation, and the first study to test recently proposed ontogenetic defence trajectory theory.

Didham, R.K., Tylianakis, J.M., Gemmell, N.J., Rand, T.A. & Ewers, R.M. (2007) Interactive effects of habitat modification and species invasion on native species decline. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 22, 489-496. [View Article]

Thomson Reuters ‘Highly Cited Paper’. Paradigm-shift in interpreting the net impact of multiple drivers of global environmental change through quantitative discrimination of numerically-mediated versus functionally-moderated interaction pathways.

Bell, K.L., Moussalli, A., Moritz, C. and Yeates, D.K. (2007) Comparative phylogeography and speciation of dung beetles from the Australian Wet Tropics rainforest. Molecular Ecology, 16, 4984-4998. [View Article]

This research used bioclimatic modelling and phylogeography to reveal that dung beetles with narrower ecological niches and geographic ranges have stronger patterns of geographic structure due to historical climate change.

Ewers, R.M. & Didham, R.K. (2006) Confounding factors in the detection of species responses to habitat fragmentation. Biological Reviews, 81, 117-142. [View Article]

Thomson Reuters ‘Highly Cited Paper’. Ground-breaking synthesis, and touch-stone for dissatisfaction with single-factor explanations for species responses to fragmentation. The 8th most highly-cited of all Biological Reviews articles ever published.

Didham, R.K., Tylianakis, J.M., Hutchison, M.A., Ewers, R.M. & Gemmell, N.J. (2005) Are invasive species the drivers of ecological change? Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 20, 470-474. [View Article]

Thomson Reuters ‘Highly Cited Paper’. Research-focus article highlighting experimental manipulations required to discriminate cause versus correlation in invasive species impacts, establishing interacting-drivers model for impacts of multiple drivers.

Laurance, W.F., Lovejoy, T.E., Vasconcelos, H.L., Bruna, E.M., Didham, R.K., Stouffer, P.C., Gascon, C., Bierregaard, R.O., Laurance, S.G. & Sampaio, E. (2002) Ecosystem decay of Amazonian forest fragments: a 22-year investigation. Conservation Biology 16, 605-618. [View Article]

The most significant review, and the standard reference source, for the impacts of habitat fragmentation on tropical forest fragments. The 7th most highly-cited of all Conservation Biology articles ever published.