>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. (2021) Evidence for Niche Differentiation in the Environmental Responses of Co-occurring Mucoromycotinian Fine Root Endophytes and Glomeromycotinian Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi. Microbial Ecology 81(4): 864-873. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00248-020-01628-0.
- Allen WJ., Sapsford SJ. and Dickie IA. (2021) Soil sample pooling generates no consistent inference bias: a meta-analysis of 71 plant–soil feedback experiments. New Phytologist 231(4): 1308-1315. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/nph.17455.
- Allen WJ., Waller LP., Barratt BIP., Dickie IA. and Tylianakis JM. (2021) Exotic plants accumulate and share herbivores yet dominate communities via rapid growth. Nature Communications 12(1) http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41467-021-23030-1.
- Marion ZH., Orwin KH., Wood JR., Holdaway RJ. and Dickie IA. (2021) Land use, but not distance, drives fungal beta diversity. Ecology http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ecy.3487.