Group Leader

Professor in Biology
School of Biological Sciences

PhD Students

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Sharada Paudel

Nepal | Contact Sharada

Phenological patterns in native trees

My PhD research is focused on community wide phenological patterns of native bird-pollinated and bird-dispersed plant species of New Zealand. The phenological seasons, their patterns and plant trait correlations of the some bird-pollinated and dispersed plant species is analysed in the context of their relationship to climate, pollinator and frugivore availability and leaf, flower and fruit abundances. The leaf trait characteristics of plants are also tested for correlation with several reproductive traits on the basis of theory put forward by worldwide leaf economics spectrum.

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Matthew Biddick

New Zealand | Contact Matt

Morphological Changes in Island Flora

Animals on islands often exhibit drastic changes in stature (gigantism or dwarfism), dispersal ability, defense, and reproductive strategies that is collective termed the 'island syndrome'. However, the effect of insularity on plant species remains unresolved. My research investigates the morphological changes in island plants, and the macroecological differences between mainland and island communities.


Dr Kirsty Yule

2016 | Tri-trophic interactions of a predator-parasite-host assemblage in New Zealand

Dr Amanda Taylor

2016 | Vascular epiphyte assemblage structure and distribution patterns in the south-temperate zone

Dr Julia Loepelt

2016 | Can You Teach an Old Parrot New Tricks? Individual Variation in the Problem-Solving Abilities of Wild Kaka (Nestor Meridionalis) 

Dr Patrick Kavanagh

2015 | Macroevolutionary Changes of Plants on Islands