Dave Kelly

Dave Kelly

Retired November 2021 Ecology
Julius von Haast 339
Internal Phone: 95182


Research Interests

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.

Recent Publications

  • 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 24(8): 2547-2559. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10530-022-02789-4.
  • Rossignaud L., Kelly D., Spurr EB., Flaspohler DJ., Allen RB. and Brockerhoff EG. (2022) Trends in bird counts 1978–2020 in a New Zealand Nothofagus forest with variable control of mammalian predators. Avian Conservation and Ecology 17(2) http://dx.doi.org/10.5751/ACE-02176-170204.
  • 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.