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

  • 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.
  • Bogdziewicz M., Szymkowiak J., Calama R., Crone EE., Espelta JM., Lesica P., Marino S., Steele MA., Tenhumberg B. and Tyre A. (2020) Does masting scale with plant size? High reproductive variability and low synchrony in small and unproductive individuals. Annals of botany 126(5): 971-979. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/aob/mcaa118.