Theme D - Ecological Theory and Processes

Theme leader: Assoc Prof Peter Vesk

Theme D publication output

Theme D focuses on the ecology of novel ecosystems, fragmented landscapes, and disturbances by looking at various patterns and processes for determining species abundance, distribution and interactions between them and the environment. This theme focuses on four main research directions:

(i) population ecology;
(ii) species traits;
(iii) multi-species interactions; and
(iv) ecosystem resilience and effective ecosystem interventions.

The theme’s research provides a critical understanding for managers and policy makers who are involved in the decision-making process.

Our research will address these four major areas:

I. Population ecology, including the definition of invasive species, the effects of urban development on populations and the study of general patterns in population dynamics;

2. Species traits, with community assembly and model validation as foci;

3. Multi-species interactions, particularly in relation to invasive species and assisted colonisation management in the face of climate change.

4. Ecosystem resilience and effective ecosystem interventions, including a major metaanalysis on how resilience has been measured in ecological studies in a range of ecosystems worldwide.