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TESS Seminar- The ecology of common species

When Sep 13, 2017
from 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM
Where D3.054 Cairns, 145.030 Townsville
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Contact Phone 07 4232 1427
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Professor Melodie McGeochMelodie McGeoch
Monash University


Climate change and biological invasions have increased the likelihood of the establishment, growth, spread and survival of some species – in other words some species are becoming more common. Changes in the distribution and abundance of common and range expanding species deserve further attention, not only to better understand their dynamics, but also as the basis for monitoring range expansions and their consequences. The notion of essential biodiversity variables has also re-focussed attention on the value of abundance and occupancy observations for assessing conservation values, threats and targets – for both rare and common, contracting or expanding species. Closer examination of the properties and dynamics of common species is important not only because declines in their conservation status are underappreciated, but also because those species becoming more common have significant implications for biodiversity, ecosystems and society. I will talk about the measurement, dynamics and monitoring of common species, especially invasive species, and the consequences of both declines and increases in the species with a tendency to dominate our ecosystems. 


Melodie McGeoch is interested in integrating spatial ecology with understanding global change impacts on biodiversity. She is interested in methods of quantifying and predicting biodiversity patterns, and the use of these for addressing conservation problems, such as biological invasion. Her work has been influential in establishing the scientific frameworks for monitoring biodiversity policy effectiveness for the Convention on Biological Diversity’s 2010 and Aichi Targets, specifically for invasive species. She currently holds a Professorship at Monash University.

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