EcoTas 2017 Conference

We are coming quickly up on joint conference held by the Ecological Society of Australia and the New Zealand Ecological Society, EcoTas. It is only a couple of weeks away; I am getting excited and a bit anxious (I need to clean up my presentation)!

If anyone finds they are hanging around the conference, come check out the presentations from the Mayfield, Dwyer, and Stouffer Labs!



Barbara Rice Memorial Poster Session, 5:45-7:30pm, The Event Centre

Gabrielle Lebbink: Factors determining the spread and impact of the exotic grass Bothriochloa pertusa (Indian couch).



Ecological Modelling (1), 11:00am-12:30pm, Sugarloaf Room

 - Bernat Bramon Mora: Detecting convergent evolution in the structure of ecological communities.

 - Matthias Dehling: Assessing the functional roles of species and their contribution to functional diversity.


Ecological Modelling (Plants), 1:30-3:30pm, Sugarloaf Room

 - Daniel Stouffer: The dimensionality of competition in plant communities.

 - Trace Martyn: The importance of neighbour identity in modelling higher-order interactions in annual plant communities.


Restoration Ecology (1), 1:30-:30pm, Bimbadeen Room

 - Timothy Staples: Acacia and Eucalyptus interactions and growth in diverse planted forests.

 - John Dwyer: Intra-specific competition slows tree growth more than low rainfall in secondary brigalow forests.



Forest Ecology (1), 11:00am-1:00pm, Bimbadeen Room

 - James McCarthy: Community composition, primary productivity and metabolic theory of ecology in Australia.


Invasion Ecology (Plants), 4:00-6:00pm, Cypress #2

 - Maia Raymundo: The effects of experimental water addition and dispersal exclusion on invaded annual plant community assembly. 

 - Rongini Runghen: Exploring how different types of visitors contribute to the spread of alien species.



Ecological Modelling (3), 11:00am-1:00pm, Bimbadeen Room

 - Guadalupe Peralta: Revisiting the link between network structure and stability of mutualistic communities.


SYMPOSIUM: Changing Australia: emerging trends, trade-offs and synergies of landscape transformation in rural Australia, 11:00am-1:00pm, Wattagan Room

 - Al Healy: Mapping changes in water availability: a case study of Western Queensland.


I am excited to listen to all the upcoming research in ecology and get a chance to meet other researchers who are working in Australia, New Zealand, and around the world!