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Hufbauer RA, Szűcs M, Kasyon E, Youngberg C, Koontz MJ, Richards C, Tuff T, Melbourne BA (in press). Reply to Wootton: The search for general context should include synthesis with laboratory model systems. PNAS.

Nemergut DR, Knelman JE, Ferrenberg S, Bilinski T, Melbourne BA, Jiang L, Violle C, Darcy JL, Prest T, Schmidt SK, Townsend AR (in press). Decreases in average bacterial community rRNA operon copy number during succession. ISME Journal.

Tucker CM, Shoemaker LG, Davies KF, Nemergut DR, Melbourne BA (in press). Differentiating between niche and neutral assembly in metacommunities using null models of β-diversity. Oikos. Online early. Code in supplementary material.

Fay PA et al. (Nutnet) (2015). Grassland productivity limited by multiple nutrients. Nature Plants 1:15080.

Haddad NM et al. (2015), Habitat fragmentation and its lasting impact on Earth’s ecosystems. Science Advances 1:e1500052.

Hufbauer RA, Szűcs M, Kasyon E, Youngberg C, Koontz MJ, Richards C, Tuff T, Melbourne BA (2015). Three types of rescue can avert extinction in a changing environment. PNAS 112:10557–10562. Data at Dryad.

Orrock JL, Borer ET, Brudvig LA, Firn J, MacDougall AS, Melbourne BA, Yang LH, Baker DV, Bar-Massada A, Crawley MJ, Damschen EI, Davies KF, Gruner DS, Kay AD, Lind E, McCulley RL, Seabloom EW (2015) A continent-wide study reveals clear relationships between regional abiotic conditions and post-dispersal seed predation. Journal of Biogeography 42:662-670.

Seabloom EW et al. (Nutnet) (2015). Plant species' origin predicts dominance and response to nutrient enrichment and herbivores in global grasslands. Nature Communications 6:7710. pdf.

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

Basey JM, Maines AP, Francis CD, Melbourne BA (2014). Impacts of digital imaging versus drawing on student learning in undergraduate biodiversity labs. Bioscene Journal of College Biology Teaching 40(2):15-21. pdf.

Basey JM, Maines AP, Francis CD, Melbourne BA (2014). An evaluation of two hands-on lab styles for plant biodiversity in undergraduate biology. CBE-Life Sciences Education 13:493-503.

Basey JM, Maines AP, Francis CD, Melbourne BA, Wise S, Safran RJ, Johnson PTJ (2014). Impact of a pre-lab, a write-to-learn post lab, and content reduction on evolution-based learning in an undergraduate plant biodiversity lab. Evolution: Education and Outreach 7:10-18. pdf.

Borer ET, et al. (Nutnet) (2014). Herbivores and nutrients control grassland plant diversity via light limitation. Nature 508:517-520. pdf.

Farmilo BJ, Melbourne BA, Camac JS, Morgan JW (2014). Changes in plant species density in an experimentally fragmented forest landscape: Are the effects scale-dependent? Austral Ecology 39:416-423.

Hautier Y, et al. (Nutnet) (2014). Eutrophication weakens stabilizing effects of diversity in natural grasslands. Nature 508:521-525. pdf.

Johnson P, Koprivnikar J, Orlofske S, Melbourne B, LaFonte B (2014). Making the right choice: testing the drivers of asymmetric infections within hosts and their consequences for pathology. Oikos 123:875-885.

MacDougall A, et al. (Nutnet) (2014). Anthropogenic-based regional-scale factors most consistently explain plot-level exotic diversity in grasslands. Global Ecology and Biogeography 23:802-810.

Szucs M, Melbourne BA, Tuff T, Hufbauer RA (2014). The roles of demography and genetics in the early stages of colonization. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 281:20141073. Data at Dryad.

Ferrenberg S, O’Neill S, Knelman J, Todd B, Duggana S, Bradley D, Robinson T, Schmidt SK, Townsend AR, Williams M, Cleveland CC, Melbourne BA, Jiang L, and Nemergut DR (2013). Changes in assembly processes in soil bacterial communities following a wildfire disturbance. ISME Journal 7:1102-1111.

Lind E et al. (Nutnet) (2013). Life history constraints in grassland plant species: a growth-defense tradeoff is the norm. Ecology Letters 16:513-521.

O’Halloran LR, et al. (Nutnet) (2013). Regional contingencies in the relationship between aboveground biomass and litter in the world’s grasslands. PLoS ONE 8:e54988.

Seabloom EW et al. (Nutnet) (2013) Predicting invasion in grassland ecosystems: is exotic dominance the real embarrassment of richness? Global Change Biology 19:3677-3687.

Melbourne BA (2012). Demographic Stochasticity. In A. Hastings and L. J. Gross eds. Sourcebook in Theoretical Ecology. Berkeley, University of California Press. Preprint (pdf).

Grace JB et al. (Nutnet) (2012). Response to comments on “Productivity is a poor predictor of plant species richness”: Towards a multivariate representation of the multiple mechanisms controlling productivity and diversity. Science 335:1441.

Adler PB et al. (Nutnet) (2011). Productivity is a poor predictor of plant species richness. Science 333:1750-1753. Related press.

Firn J, et al. (Nutnet) (2011). Abundance of introduced species at home predicts abundance away in herbaceous communities. Ecology Letters 14: 274-281.

Davies KF, Melbourne BA, McClenahan JL, Tuff T (2010). Statistical models for monitoring and predicting effects of climate change and invasion on the free-living insects and a spider from sub-Antarctic Heard Island. Polar Biology 34:119-125.

Davies KF, Melbourne BA, James CG, Cunningham RB (2010). Using traits of species to understand responses to land use change: birds and livestock grazing in the Australian arid zone. Biological Conservation 143:78-85. pdf.

Melbourne BA & Hastings A (2009). Highly variable spread rates in replicated biological invasions: fundamental limits to predictability. Science 325:1536-1539. pdf. Most of the math is in the Supplementary Information (free to download).

Melbourne BA & Hastings A (2008). Extinction risk depends strongly on factors contributing to stochasticity. Nature 454:100-103. Most of the math is in the Supplementary Information (free to download).

Haddad NM, Holyoak M, Mata TM, Davies KF, Melbourne BA, Preston K (2008). Species' traits predict the effects of disturbance and productivity on diversity. Ecology Letters 11:348-356. Abstract. Available online at Ecology Letters.

Greenslade P, Melbourne BA, Davies KF, Stevens MI (2008). The status of two exotic terrestrial crustacea on sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island. Polar Record 44:15-23. Abstract. Reprint (pdf). Available online at Polar Record.

Melbourne BA, Cornell HV, Davies KF, Dugaw CJ, Elmendorf S, Freestone AL, Hall RJ, Harrison S, Hastings A, Holland M, Holyoak M, Lambrinos J, Moore K, Yokomizo H (2007). Invasion in a heterogeneous world: resistance, coexistence or hostile takeover? Ecology Letters 10:77-94. Abstract. Reprint (pdf). Available online at Ecology Letters. A top 20 Ecology Letters most read paper in 2007.

Davies KF & Melbourne BA (2007). The tails of two geckos tell the story of dispersal in a fragmented landscape. Molecular Ecology 16:3289–3291. Abstract. Reprint (pdf). Available online at Molecular Ecology.

Melbourne BA & Chesson P (2006). The scale transition: scaling up population dynamics with field data. Ecology 87:1478-1488. Abstract. Reprint (pdf). Appendices.

Melbourne BA & Chesson P (2005). Scaling up population dynamics: integrating theory and data. Oecologia 145:179-187. Special issue: scaling up in ecology. Abstract. Reprint. Available online at Oecologia. C code.

Melbourne BA, Sears AL, Donahue MJ, Chesson P (2005). Applying scale transition theory to metacommunities in the field. In M. Holyoak, M. A. Leibold and R. D. Holt eds. Metacommunities: Spatial Dynamics and Ecological Communities. Chicago, University of Chicago Press. pp 307-330. Preprint. Errata. Book website.

Chesson P, Donahue MJ, Melbourne BA, Sears AL (2005). Scale transition theory for understanding mechanisms in metacommunities. In M. Holyoak, M. A. Leibold and R. D. Holt eds. Metacommunities: Spatial Dynamics and Ecological Communities. Chicago, University of Chicago Press. pp 279-306. Preprint. Book website.

Davies KF, Chesson P, Harrison S, Inouye BD, Melbourne BA, Rice KJ. (2005). Spatial heterogeneity explains the scale dependence of the native-exotic diversity relationship. Ecology 86:1602–1610. Abstract. Reprint (pdf). Available online at Ecology.

Davies KF, Melbourne BA, Margules CR, Lawrence JF (2005). Metacommunity structure influences the stability of local beetle communities. In M. Holyoak, M. A. Leibold and R. D. Holt eds. Metacommunities: Spatial Dynamics and Ecological Communities. Chicago, University of Chicago Press. pp 170-188. Book website.

Hastings A, Cuddington K, Davies KF, Dugaw CJ, Elmendorf S, Freestone A, Harrison S, Holland M, Lambrinos J, Malvadkar U, Melbourne BA, Moore K, Taylor C, Thomson D (2005). The spatial spread of invasions: new developments in theory and evidence. Ecology Letters 8:91-101. Abstract. Reprint (pdf). Available online at Ecology Letters.

Melbourne BA, Davies KF, Margules CR, Lindenmayer DB, Saunders DA, Wissel C, & Henle K (2004). Species survival in fragmented landscapes: where to from here? Biodiversity and Conservation 13:275-284. Abstract. Reprint (pdf).

Melbourne BA & Daniel PJ (2003). A low cost sensor for measuring spatio-temporal variability of light intensity on the stream bed. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 22:143-151. Abstract. Reprint (pdf).

Davies KF, Melbourne BA & Margules CR (2001). Effects of within- and between-patch processes on community dynamics in a fragmentation experiment. Ecology 82:1830-1846. Abstract. Reprint (pdf).

Melbourne BA (1999). Bias in the effect of habitat structure on pitfall traps: An experimental evaluation. Australian Journal of Ecology  24:228-239. Abstract. Reprint (pdf).

Davies KF & Melbourne BA (1999). Statistical models of invertebrate distribution on Macquarie Island: a tool to assess climate change and local human impacts. Polar Biology  21:240-250. Abstract. Reprint (pdf).

Melbourne BA, Gullan PJ & Su YN (1997). Interpreting data from pitfall-trap surveys: crickets and slugs in exotic and native grasslands of the Australian Capital Territory. Memoirs of the Museum of Victoria 56:361-367. Abstract. Reprint (pdf).

Davies KF, Greenslade P & Melbourne BA (1997). The invertebrates of sub-Antarctic Bishop Island. Polar Biology 17:455-458. Abstract. Reprint (pdf).


Christian R, Davies K, de Chazal J, Krebs E & Melbourne B (1997). PhD supervision: a guide for students and supervisors. Canberra, The Australian National University. 51 pp. We've distributed thousands of copies to universities in Australia and New Zealand. Request a pdf.