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.
- Harris HAL., Kelly D., Innes J. and Allen RB. (2022) Invasive species and thermal squeeze: distribution of two invasive predators and drivers of ship rat (Rattus rattus) invasion in mid-elevation Fuscospora forest. Biological Invasions http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10530-022-02789-4.
- Rossignaud L., Kimberley MO., Kelly D., Fei S. and Brockerhoff EG. (2022) Effects of competition and habitat heterogeneity on native-exotic plant richness relationships across spatial scales. Diversity and Distributions 28(5): 1093-1104. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ddi.13516.
- Samarth., Lee R., Kelly D., Turnbull MH., Macknight R., Poole AM. and Jameson PE. (2022) A novel TFL1 gene induces flowering in the mast seeding alpine snow tussock, Chionochloa pallens (Poaceae). Molecular Ecology 31(3): 822-838. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/mec.16273.
- Anderson SH., Ladley JJ., Robertson AW. and Kelly D. (2021) Effects of changes in bird community composition and species abundance on plant reproduction, through pollination and seed dispersal. Ibis 163(3): 875-889. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ibi.12938.
- Bogdziewicz M., Hacket-Pain A., Kelly D., Thomas PA., Lageard J. and Tanentzap AJ. (2021) Climate warming causes mast seeding to break down by reducing sensitivity to weather cues. Global Change Biology 27(9): 1952-1961. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/gcb.15560.