My research interests are plant ecology, especially plant-animal interactions (seed predation, seed dispersal, pollination, herbivory), plant demography and life histories, and conservation biology. Specific interests include:- Mast seeding: the description of variable among-year flowering patterns (mast seeding) and inter-species synchrony in New Zealand, the evolutionary benefits of masting, modelling the resource dynamics within plants that create masting (see Masting research group pages)- Bird-plant mutualisms: the importance and resilience of bird pollination and bird seed dispersal systems in the New Zealand flora; the regeneration, distribution and conservation of native bird- pollinated and bird-dispersed plants, especially mistletoes (see Mistletoe group pages)- Effects of herbivory: use of biological control agents for control of thistles; impact of sap-sucking scale insects on photosynthesis of Nothofagus trees- Mechanisms of plant competition: use of long term monitoring studies and modelling to measure the process of competition among plants- Conservation biology: demography of rare plants, effects of weeds in reserves, use of bioindicators for habitat quality, impacts of mammalian herbivores.
- Bennett D., Kelly D. and Clemens J. (2018) Food plants and foraging distances for the native bee Lasioglossum sordidum in Christchurch Botanic Gardens. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 42(1) http://dx.doi.org/10.20417/nzjecol.42.1.
- Carpenter JK., Kelly D., Clout MN., Karl BJ. and Ladley JJ. (2017) Trends in the detections of a large frugivore (Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae) and fleshy-fruited seed dispersal over three decades. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 41(1): 41-46. http://dx.doi.org/10.20417/nzjecol.41.17.
- Chase KD., Kelly D., Liebhold AM., Bader MKF. and Brockerhoff EG. (2017) Long-distance dispersal of non-native pine bark beetles from host resources. Ecological Entomology 42(2): 173-183. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/een.12371.
- Kerr JL., Kelly D., Bader MKF. and Brockerhoff EG. (2017) Olfactory Cues, Visual Cues, and Semiochemical Diversity Interact During Host Location by Invasive Forest Beetles. Journal of Chemical Ecology 43(1): 17-25. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10886-016-0792-x.
- Wyman T. and Kelly D. (2017) Quantifying seed dispersal by birds and possums in a lowland New Zealand forest. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 41(1) http://dx.doi.org/10.20417/nzjecol.41.4.