Publications

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.


Upcoming publications to look out for:

Barr, J.I., Somaweera, R., Godfrey, S.S. and Bateman, P.W. Increased tail length in the King’s skink, Egernia kingii (Reptilia: Scincidae): an anti-predation tactic for juveniles? Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, Online Early (doi: 10.1093/biolinnean/bly196). [View article]

Somaweera R., Brien M.L., Platt S.G., Manolis C. and Webber B.L. Direct and indirect interactions with vegetation shape crocodylian ecology at multiple scales. Freshwater Biology Online Early (doi: 10.1111/fwb.13221). [View article]

• Bell K.L., Burgess K.S., Botsch J.C., Dobbs E.K., Read T.D. and Brosi B.J. Quantitative and qualitative assessment of pollen DNA metabarcoding using constructed species mixtures. Molecular Ecology, Online Early (doi: 10.1111/mec.14840) [View Article]


Selected recent publications (2018-2019):

• 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.

• Lee-Yaw, J.A., Zenni, R.D., Hodgins, K.A., Larson, B.M.H., Cousens, R. & Webber, B.L. (2019) Range shifts and local adaptation: integrating data and theory towards a new understanding of species’ distributions in the Anthropocene. New Phytologist, 221, 644-647. [View Article]

• Jucker, T., Hardwick, S.R., Both, S., Elias, D.M.O., Ewers, R.M., Milodowski, D.T., Swinfield, T. & Coomes, D.A. (2018) Canopy structure and topography jointly constrain the microclimate of human-modified tropical landscapes. Global Change Biology, 24, 5243–5258 [View Article]

• Jucker, T., Wintle, B., Shackelford, G., Bocquillon, P., Geffert, J.L., Kasoar, T., Kovacs, E., Mumby, H.S., Orland, C., Schleicher, J., Tew, E.,R., Zabala, A., Amano, T., Bell, A., Bongalov, B., Chambers, J.M., Corrigan, C., Durán, A.P., Duvic-Paoli, L.A., Emilson, C., Fonseca da Silva, J., Garnett, E.E., Green, E.J., Guth, M.K., Hacket-Pain, A., Hinsley, A., Igea, J., Kunz, M., Luke, S.H., Lynam, W., Martin, P.A., Nunes, M.H., Ockendon, N., Pavitt, A., Payne, C.L.R., Plutshack, V., Rademacher, T.T., Robertson, R.J., Rose, D.C., Serban, A., Simmons, B.I., Szkokan-Emilson, E.J., Tayleur, C., Wordley C.F.R. and Mukherjee, N. (2018) Ten-year assessment of the 100 priority questions for global biodiversity conservation. Conservation Biology, 32,
1457-1463 [View Article]

Jucker, T., Asner, G.P., Dalponte, M., Brodrick, P., Philipson, C.D., Vaughn, N., Brelsford, C., Burslem, D.F.R.P., Deere, N.J., Ewers, R.M., Kvasnica, J., Lewis, S.L., Malhi, Y., Milne, S., Nilus, R., Pfeifer, M., Phillips, O., Qie, L., Renneboog, N., Reynolds, G., Riutta, T., Struebig, M.J., Svátek, M., Arn Teh, Y., Turner E.C. and Coomes, D.A. (2018) Estimating aboveground carbon density and its uncertainty in Borneo’s structurally complex tropical forests using airborne laser scanning. Biogeosciences 15, 3811–3830 [View Article]

Jucker, T., Bongalov, B., Dalponte, M., Burslem, D.F.R.P., Lewis, S.L., Nilus, R., Phillips, O., Qie, L. and Coomes, D.A. (2018) Topography shapes the structure, composition and function of tropical forest landscapes. Ecology Letters, 21, 989–1000 [View Article]

• Dormontt, E.E., van Dijk, K.-j., Bell, K.L., Biffin, E., Breed, M.F., Byrne, M., Caddy-Retalic, S., Encinas-Viso, F., Nevill, P.G., Shapcott, A., Young, J.M., Waycott, M. & Lowe, A.J. (2018) Advancing DNA barcoding and metabarcoding applications for plants requires systematic analysis of herbarium collections – an Australian perspective. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 6, 134 [View Article]

• Asner, G.P., Brodrick, P., Philipson, C.D., Vaughn, N., Martin, R.E., Knapp, D.E., Heckler, J., Evans, L., Jucker, T., Goossens, B., Stark, D.J., Reynolds, G., Ong, R., Renneboog, N., Kugan, F. and Coomes, D.A. (2018) Mapping imprints of forest use on carbon stocks to advance ecosystem protection and recovery in Malaysian Borneo. Biological Conservation, 217, 289-310. [View Article]

• Ratcliffe, S., Wirth, C., Jucker, T., van der Plas, F., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Verheyen, K., Allan, E., Benavides, R., Bruelheide, H., Ohse, B., Paquette, A., Ampoorter, E., Bastias, C.C., Bauhus, J., Bonal, D., Bouriaud, O., Bussotti, F., Carnol, M., Castagneyrol, B., Checko, E., Muhie Dawud, S., De Wandeler, H., Domisch, T., Finér,. L., Fischer, M., Fotelli, M., Gessler, A., Granier, A., Grossiord, C., Guyot, V., Haase, J., Hättenschwiler, S., Jactel, H., Jaroszewicz, B., Joly, F-X., Kambach, S., Kolb, S., Koricheva, J., Liebersgesell, M., Milligan, H., Müller, S., Muys, B., Nguyen, D., Nock, C., Pollastrini, M., Purschke, O., Radoglou, K., Raulund-Rasmussen, K., Roger, F., Ruiz-Benito, P., Seidl, R., Selvi, F., Seiferling, I., Stenlid, J., Valladares, F., Vesterdal, L. and Baeten, L. (2017) Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning relations in European forests depend on environmental context. Ecology Letters 20, 1414-1426 [View Article]

• Döbert, T.F., Webber, B.L., Sugau, J.B., Dickinson, K.J.M. and Didham, R.K. (2018) Logging, exotic plant invasions, and native plant reassembly in a lowland tropical rain forest. Biotropica 50, 254-265 [View Article]

• Tomlinson, S., Webber, B.L., Bradshaw, S.D., Dixon, K.W. and Renton, M. (2018) Incorporating biophysical ecology into high-resolution restoration targets: insect pollinator habitat suitability models. Restoration Ecology 26, 338-347. [View Article]


Selected earlier publications:

Liang, J., Crowther, T.W., Picard, N., Wiser, S., Zhou, M., Alberti, G., Schulze, E.-D., McGuire, D., Bozzato, F., Pretzsch, H., De-Miguel, S., Paquette, A., Hérault, B., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Barrett, C.B., Glick, H.B., Hengeveld, G.M., Nabuurs, G.J., Pfautsch, S., Viana, H., Vibrans, A.C., Ammer, C., Schall, P., Verbyla, D., Tchebakova, N., Fischer, M., Watson, J. V., Chen, H.Y.H., Lei, X., Schelhaas, M.-J., Lu, H., Gianelle, D., Parfenova, E.I., Salas, C., Lee, E., Lee, B., Kim, H.S., Bruelheide, H., Coomes, D.A., Piotto, D., Sunderland, T., Schmid, B., Gourlet-Fleury, S., Sonké, B., Tavani, R., Zhu, J., Brandl, S., Vayreda, J., Kitahara, F., Searle, E.B., Neldner, V.J., Ngugi, M.R., Baraloto, C., Frizzera, L., Bałazy, R., Oleksyn, J., Zawiła-Niedźwiecki, T., Bouriaud, O., Bussotti, F., Finér, L., Jaroszewicz, B., Jucker, T., Valladares, F., Jagodzinski, A.M., Peri, P.L., Gonmadje, C., Marthy, W., O’Brien, T., Martin, E.H., Marshall, A., Rovero, F., Bitariho, R., Niklaus, P.A., Alvarez-Loayza, P., Chamuya, N., Valencia, R., Mortier, F., Wortel, V., Engone-Obiang, N.L., Ferreira, L. V., Odeke, D.E., Vasquez, R.M., Lewis, S.L. and Reich, P.B. (2016) Positive biodiversity–productivity relationship predominant in global forests. Science, 354, 6309 [View Article]

Global synthesis showing that positive biodiversity – productivity relationships are pervasive across the world’s forests. The paper was the first output of the Global Biodiversity Forest Initiative (GFBI) and ranks among the top 5% of all research papers ever scored by Altmetric.

Webber, B.L., Raghu, S. & 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]

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

Jucker, T., Bouriaud, O. and Coomes, D.A. (2015) Crown plasticity enables trees to optimize canopy packing in mixed-species forests. Functional Ecology, 29, 1078–1086 [View Article]

Thomson Reuters ‘Highly Cited Paper’. This paper shows how species mixing promotes the use of aboveground canopy space in forests, thereby providing a key ecological mechanism to explain why diverse forests are often more productive than species-poor ones. The paper was accompanied by an Editorial Spotlight piece in Functional Ecology.

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.

Jucker, T., Bouriaud, O., Avacaritei, D. and Coomes, D.A. (2014) Stabilizing effects of diversity on aboveground wood production in forest ecosystems: linking patterns and processes. Ecology Letters, 17, 1560–1569 [View Article]

First paper to show that diverse forests are not only more productive than species-poor ones, but are also more resilient to temporal fluctuations in climate. Underpinning this stabilizing effect of diversity on productivity is the high degree of asynchrony in species responses to temporal variability in climate.

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]

The 3rd most cited manuscript in 2012 from Diversity and Distributions papers published in 2011, 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.