Dave Kelly

ProfessorDave Kelly

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

  • Kelly D. (2021) Mast seeding: the devil (and the delight) is in the detail. New Phytologist 229(4): 1829-1831. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/nph.16990.
  • Atkinson CL., Parr TB., van Ee BC., Knapp DD., Winebarger M., Madoni KJ. and Haag WR. (2020) Length-mass equations for freshwater unionid mussel assemblages: Implications for estimating ecosystem function. Freshwater Science 39(3): 377-390. http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/708950.
  • Boddy NC., Fraley KM., Warburton HJ., Jellyman PG., Booker DJ., Kelly D. and McIntosh AR. (2020) Big impacts from small abstractions: The effects of surface water abstraction on freshwater fish assemblages. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 30(1): 159-172. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/aqc.3232.
  • Bogdziewicz M., Kelly D., Tanentzap AJ., Thomas PA., Lageard JGA. and Hacket-Pain A. (2020) Climate Change Strengthens Selection for Mast Seeding in European Beech. Current Biology 30(17): 3477-3483.e2. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2020.06.056.
  • Bogdziewicz M., Kelly D., Thomas PA., Lageard JGA. and Hacket-Pain A. (2020) Climate warming disrupts mast seeding and its fitness benefits in European beech. Nature Plants 6(2): 88-94. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41477-020-0592-8.