This project focuses on understanding the current and future risks and responses of invasive species in the Wet Tropics. The aim is to develop a strategic approach to pest management that considers the complexity of ecological processes involved with establishment and spread and takes account of the values and assets in the region. The project will contribute to the management of invasive plants and animals by providing prioritisation tools that align with existing regional pest management frameworks.


Murphy, H.T., Sydes, T.A. (2014) Pest Adaptation Response Strategies: Process and Metadata.



Diversity and Distributions


Bateman, B.L., Murphy, H.T., Reside, A.E., Mokany, K., VanDerWal, J. (2013) Appropriateness of full-, partial- and no-dispersal scenarios in climate change impact modellingDiversity and Distributions. 19 (10), 1224-1234 [doi:10.1111/ddi.12107].

GCB Bioenergy


Kriticos, D.J., Murphy, H.T., Jovanovic, T., Taylor, J., Herr, A., Raison, J. (2013) Balancing bioenergy and biosecurity policies: estimating current and future climate suitability patterns for a bioenergy crop. GCB Bioenergy. [doi:10.1011/gcbb.12068].

Acta Oecologica


Westcott, D.A., Fletcher, C.S. (2011) Biological invasions and the study of vertebrate dispersal of plants: Opportunities and integration. Acta Oecologica. 37 (6), 650-656 [doi:10.1016/j.actao.2011.04.007].

Austral Ecology


Murphy, H.T., Metcalfe, D.J., Bradford, M.G., Ford, A.J. (2014) Community divergence in a tropical forest following a severe cyclone. Austral Ecology. [doi:10.1111/aec.12133].

Ecological Society of America


Fletcher, C.S., Westcott, D. (2013) Dispersal and the design of effective management strategies for plant invasions: matching scales for success. Ecological Society of America. [doi:10.1890/12-2059.1].

Journal of Applied Ecology


Fletcher, C.S., Westcott, D.A., Murphy, H.T., Grice, A.C., Clarkson, J.R. (2014) Managing breaches of containment and eradication of invasive plant populations. Journal of Applied Ecology. [doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.12361].

Journal of Ecology


Murphy, H.T., Bradford, M.G., Dalongeville, A., Ford, A.J., Metcalfe, D.J. (2013) No evidence for long-term increases in biomass and stem density in the tropical rain forests of Australia. Journal of Ecology. 101 (6), 1589-1597 [doi: 10.1111/1365-2745.12163].

Acta Oecologica


Hardesty, B.D., Westcott, D.A. (2011) Persistence and spread in a new landscape: Dispersal ecology and genetics of Miconia invasions in Australia. Acta Oecologica. 37 (6), 657-665 [doi:10.1016/j.actao.2011.06.006].



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