2009 in review

2009 has been a big year for the Buckley Lab with several great achievements. Here are some of the highlights:

Graduation –

  • Dr. Jennifer Firn, Dr. Gunnar Keppel and Jessica Schoeman graduated.

Thesis submissions –

  • Threes PhD graduates submitted.

Publications (in order of publication date) –

Metcalf, C.J.E.; Rees, M.; Buckley, Y.M. & Sheppard, A.W. (2009) Seed predators and the evolutionarily stable flowering strategy in the invasive plant, Carduus nutans EVOLUTIONARY ECOLOGY Volume: 23 Issue: 6 Pages: 893-906.

Dwyer, J.M.; Fensham, R.J.; Butler, D.W. & Buckley, Y.M. (2009) Carbon for conservation: Assessing the potential for win-win investment in an extensive Australian regrowth ecosystem AGRICULTURE ECOSYSTEMS & ENVIRONMENT Volume: 134 Issue: 1-2 Pages: 1-7.   

Morin, L.; Reid, A. M.; Sims-Chilton, N. M.; Buckley, Y.M.; Dhileepan, K.: Hastwell, G.T.; Nordblom, T.L. & Raghu, S. (2009) Review of approaches to evaluate the effectiveness of weed biological control agents.  BIOLOGICAL CONTROL Volume: 51 Issue: 1 Pages: 1-15.  

Ramula, S.; Rees, M. & Buckley, Y.M. (2009). Integral projection models perform better for small demographic data sets than matrix population models: a case study of two perennial herbs JOURNAL OF APPLIED ECOLOGY Volume: 46 Issue: 5 Pages: 1048-1053.   

Ramula, S. & Buckley, Y.M. (2009). Multiple life stages with multiple replicated density levels are required to estimate density dependence for plants  OIKOS Volume: 118 Issue: 8 Pages: 1164-1173.   

Fox, J.C.; Buckley, Y.M.; Panetta, F.D.; Bourgoin, J. & Pullar, D. (2009). Surveillance protocols for management of invasive plants: modelling Chilean needle grass (Nassella neesiana) in Australia  DIVERSITY AND DISTRIBUTIONS Volume: 15 Issue: 4 Pages: 577-589.   

Sims-Chilton, N.M.; Zalucki, M.P. & Buckley, Y.M. (2009) Patchy herbivore and pathogen damage throughout the introduced Australian range of groundsel bush, Baccharis halimifolia, is influenced by rainfall, elevation, temperature, plant density and size  BIOLOGICAL CONTROL Volume: 50 Issue: 1 Pages: 13-20.   

Yokomizo, H.; Possingham, H.P.; Thomas, M.B. & Buckley, Y.M. (2009) Managing the impact of invasive species: the value of knowing the density-impact curve  ECOLOGICAL APPLICATIONS Volume: 19 Issue: 2 Pages: 376-386.   

Other highlights –

  • Post-docs Paul Caplat, Jennifer Firn, Dongwook Ko & Iadine Chades joined us.
  • Co-supervised PhD students Min Hahn (Switzerland, primary supervisor Heinz Muller-Scharer) & Bluey Donaldson (primary supervisor Diana Fisher) joined the group.
  • Massive field season in NZ – Fellowship of the 4 Towers which included Aragon, aka Dr. Paul Caplat, Legolas, aka Shaun Coutts, & Gimli, aka Katrina Cousins (Editor Note – I could tell you why I’m Gimli but then I would have to kill you) who battled wind, rain, snow, lots of seeds, tower collapses and Christchurch in the winter to bring home data on wind speeds and how high seeds go.
  • Two Awards to Dr. Yvonne Buckley from Women in Technology & Our Women, Our State.
  • Dr. Jennifer Firn accepted to be associate editor of Journal of Applied Ecology

2010 looks to be another productive year with Min Hahn visiting us in late January (hopefully the weather will be milder and he likes to watch cricket!) and several publications already in review.

To conclude, the Buckleteers would like to wish everyone a swashbuckling and safe festive season.  See you in the new year 🙂


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