>95% of ecology examines <5% of species; I research the role in ecosystem function of the remaining 95% of biodiversity (fungi, microbes, soil fauna).
I am an ecosystem ecologist focussing on the development and application of molecular tools to determine the role of fungal communities in community and ecosystem-level outcomes. My main research interests spans the breadth of fungi, including mycorrhizas, wood decay fungi, and pathogens. I have also applied similar approaches to soil invertebrates, plant communities, bacteria, and oomycetes.
One application is in the invasion of woody plants, including the invasion of wilding conifers. Using molecular identifications of fungi on tree roots, I’ve shown that trees are largely co-invading with non-native fungi, transforming ecosystem function belowground.
- Abiem I., Dickie I., Kenfack D. and Chapman H. (2021) Conspecific negative density dependence does not explain coexistence in a tropical Afromontane forest. Journal of Vegetation Science 32(1) http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jvs.12990.
- Albornoz FE., Orchard S., Standish RJ., Dickie IA., Bending GD., Hilton S., Lardner T., Foster KJ., Gleeson DB. and Bougoure J. (2020) Evidence for Niche Differentiation in the Environmental Responses of Co-occurring Mucoromycotinian Fine Root Endophytes and Glomeromycotinian Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi. Microbial Ecology http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00248-020-01628-0.
- Allen WJ., Wainer R., Tylianakis JM., Barratt BIP., Shadbolt MR., Waller LP. and Dickie IA. (2020) Community-level direct and indirect impacts of an invasive plant favour exotic over native species. Journal of Ecology 108(6): 2499-2510. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1365-2745.13433.
- Dickie IA., Wakelin A. and Richardson SJ. (2020) Rare species of wood-inhabiting fungi are not local. Ecological Applications 30(7) http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/eap.2156.
- Dopheide A., Makiola A., Orwin KH., Holdaway RJ., Wood JR. and Dickie IA. (2020) Rarity is a more reliable indicator of land-use impacts on soil invertebrate communities than other diversity metrics. eLife 9: 1-41. http://dx.doi.org/10.7554/eLife.52787.