Our research focuses on the population dynamics of plants and how they are influenced by impacts of natural disturbances and global environmental change. We are particularly interested in the interactive effects of fire, grazing and drought in grasslands and woodlands in southern Australia, and how climate change, fragmentation and shrub encroachment affect ecosystems.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Lab Publications in 2015

Here's a list of publications that the Morgan Plant Ecology Lab has been associated with in 2015. I'm happy to provide PDF copies if you can't access them (email me at J.Morgan@latrobe.edu.au).

NutNet papers (global studies on bottom-up vs. top-down regulation of diversity in grasslands)

Fay et al. (2015) Grassland productivity limited by multiple nutrients. Nature Plants 10.1038/nplants.2015.80
Seabloom et al. (2015) Plant species’ origin predicts dominance and response to nutrient enrichment and herbivores in global grasslands. Nature CommunicationsVolume: 6, 7710, DOI:doi:10.1038/ncomms8710

Stevens et al. (2015) Anthropogenic nitrogen deposition predicts local grassland primary production worldwide. Ecology 96, 1459-1465.

Alpine ecology and conservation

Mark et al. (2015) Ecological responses to 52 years of experimental snow manipulation in high-alpine cushionfield, Old Man Range, south central New Zealand. Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research 47, 751-772.
Williams et al. (2015) An International Union for the Conservation of Nature Red List ecosystems risk assessment for alpine snow patch herbfields, south-eastern Australia. Austral Ecology 40, 433–443.

Grassy ecosystems coexistence and change

Cross et al. (2015) A plant strategy approach to understand multidecadal change in community assembly processes in Australian grassy woodlands. Journal of Ecology, 103, 1300–1307.
O'Loughlin et al. (2015) The rise and fall of Leptospermum laevigatum: plant community change associated with the invasion and senescence of a range-expanding native species. Applied Vegetation Science 18, 323–331.

Wong et al. (2015) The incorporation of fungal to bacterial ratios and plant ecosystem effect traits into a state-and-transition model of land-use change in semi-arid grasslands. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 210, 11-19.

Plant ecology

Meehan et al. (2015) Premature opening and dimorphism in Hakea decurrens (Proteaceae) follicles: a bet-hedging regeneration strategy? The Victorian Naturalist 132, 139-146.

And of course, there was the launch of the book Land of Sweeping Plains by Nick Williams, Adrian Marshall & John Morgan (CSIRO Publishing), a synthesis of 40 yrs of temperate grassland ecology, restoration and conservation.

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