ARC success!

Nov 2011 – I’ve just been awarded a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award from the Australian Research Council. Over the next three years (2012-2015), I will investigate the susceptibility of native vegetation edges to alien plant invasion using quantitative and experimental approaches.  I’ll specifically be looking at the combined (and interactive) effects of species traits, resource availability and propagule pressure on invasion success.  As such, it’ll effectively be an experiment in community assembly, but one with an invasion flavour. Working with David Tilman, I’ll be conducting the experiment at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve in Minnesota.

It is all incredibly exciting!

New paper: Quantifying levels of biological invasion: towards the objective classification of invaded and invasible ecosystems

Oct 2011 – I recently published a paper in Global Change Biology with Peter Vesk, Dave Richardson and Petr Pyšek that identifies the best way to quantify the level of invasion by non-native animals and plants.

For a summary of the paper, check out this post on our lab website,

or to download a free copy of the paper, go here.

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