Qualifications & Awards
Research interests are plant ecology especially plant-animal interactions (seed predation, seed dispersal, pollination, herbivory), plant demography and life histories, conservation biology. Specific interests are:- 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- 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 mistletoes- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Harper GA., Joice N., Kelly D., Toft R. and Clapperton BK. (2016) Effective distances of wasp (Vespula vulgaris) poisoning using clustered bait stations in beech forest. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 40(early access online) http://newzealandecology.org/nzje/3257.
- Burge, O., Kelly, D. and Wilmshurst, J. (2016) Interspecies interference and monitoring duration affect detection rates in chew cards. Australian Journal of Ecology http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/aec.12471.