Associate Professor Jacqueline Rae Beggs

PhD (Otago, 1999)

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Associate Professor

Biography

I completed undergraduate and Masters studies at the University of Auckland, before doing a part-time PhD at the University of Otago. I worked for Landcare Research (and its predecessor DSIR) in Nelson before moving to the School of Biological Sciences in 2003.

Research | Current

I am interested in ecology and conservation. My research involves a strong field-based component, often supplemented with laboratory or mesocosm experiments.

My research programme is divided into three main themes

  • The ecology and control of invasive invertebrates in natural ecosystem
  • Pollination ecology
  • Restoration ecology

The main purpose of my research is to contribute to our understanding of the ecological consequences of anthropogenic change, particularly invasive species and ultimately to assist in conserving the native biodiversity of New Zealand.

My research focuses on invasive invertebrates in natural ecosystems, particularly communities influenced by sugar-rich resources; honeydew and nectar. Specific projects evaluate the impact of Vespula wasps on native insect community structure, the impact of honeydew on native communities in North Island systems, and the relative role of insects in pollination in New Zealand systems. Related research includes the role of dung beetles in ecosystem function and the restoration of native ecosystems.

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Word cloud: Based on Jacqueline’s Google Scholar Citation publications

Google Scholar Citations (click here to view publications)

 

In the Media

  • Discussing endangered megafauna with Paul Henry on News Hub (August 2016)
  • Interview on OneNews about the potential for eradicating wasps from New Zealand (April 2016)
  • Jacqueline was interviewed on TV3’s Paul Henry Show (March 2014), talking about the summer’s cicada explosion. Click here – start at 17.56
  • Māori Television’s Project Mātauranga, Series 2 Episode 3 features Jacqueline explaining how native species such as honeydew-producing native scale insects underpin the natural balance in our forests – and outlines the threats posed by introduced pests like wasps and rodents

 

Teaching | Current

2010 Faculty of Science Dean’s award for Sustained Excellence in Teaching

2006  Certificate of University Learning and Teaching, 2-year teaching development programme, Centre for Academic Development, University of Auckland.

Current teaching:

BIOSCI 730 Biosecurity and Entomology

Co-ordinator

BIOSCI 394 Conservation Biology

Co-ordinator

BIOSCI 320 Pure and Applied Entomology

 

BIOSCI 208 Invertebrate Diversity

 

BIOSCI 103 Comparative Animal Biology

 

Research Associates

  • Manpreet Dhami is a postdoctoral fellow in Tadashi Fukami’s lab at Stanford University studying the community dynamics of Mimulus aurantiacus nectar microbes. Manpreet will visit the University of Auckland to collaborate several times a year.
  • Imogen Bassett currently works for Auckland Council, but collaborates on a study investigating the impact of exotic dung beetles in New Zealand.  We also collaborate on a project assessing the impact of ground cover weeds on fungal diversity.
  • Stephen Thorpe specializes in the identification of insects. He is based in our lab and can be found either peering down a microscope or entering data onto Wikispecies.
 
 

 

Postgraduate supervision

Students interested in aspects of my research are encouraged to contact Dr Jacqueline Beggs for further information.  I am interested in supervising new students.

Current students:

 

Start date

Name

ThesisTopic

Cosupervised with (UoA unless specified):

PhD

2012

Alice Baranyovits

Seasonal movements of kereru through fragmented landscapes and the implications for seed dispersal

Mick Clout, George Perry, Todd Dennis

PhD

2012

Megan Friesen

Seabird conservation through sensory ecology: understanding petrel scents and sounds for innovative management

Anne Gaskett

PhD

2014

Lloyd Stringer

Optimising Allee effects using combinations of tactics for integrated pest eradication

Max Suckling (Plant & Food), John Kean (independent)

PhD

2014

Jamie Stavert

Pollination ecology – a test of resilience

Ignasi Bartomeus (Estación Biológica de Doñana, Spain), David Pattemore (Plant & Food), Anne Gaskett

PhD

2014

Anna Probert

Biosecurity risk assessment

Margaret Stanley, Darren Ward
PhD 2014 Ellery McNaughton Ecological impact of urban light pollution Margaret Stanley, Kevin Gaston (University of Exeter), Daryl Jones (Griffith University).
PhD 2016 Jianfeng Liu Biocontrol of invasive tomato-potato psyllid Zhi-Qiang Zhang
PhD 2016 Jessica Devitt The efficacy of phosphine on the forestry pest beetle Hylurgus ligniperda

Adriana Najar-Rodriguez,  Matthew Hall (Plant & Food Research)

MSc

2015

Anna Kokeny

Effects of landscape structure on native bees

Jamie Stavert, David Pattemore (Plant & Food)
MSc 2015 Theo van Noort Pollination effectiveness of Vespula wasps Imogen Bassett (Auckland Council)

Completed students:

Name

Degree

Year completed

Thesis Topic

Supervisory role
Josie Galbraith PhD 2016 Bird feeding in urban environments: a catalyst for the invasion success of introduced birds? Co-supervisor

Anne Tomlinson

PhD

2014

Interactions between native and exotic decomposers: millipedes and isopods

Main

Bob Brown

PhD

2013

Chemical ecology of Vespula wasps

Main

Claas Damken

PhD

2013

Insects in mountainous landscapes: implications of fragmentation and climate change.

Co-supervisor

Manpreet Dhami

PhD

2013

Scale insects, bacterial symbionts and honeydew consumers: investigating a tri-partite relationship.

Main

Jacqui Todd

PhD

2012

Selecting non-target invertebrates for risk assessment of biological control agents

Main

Kohmei Kadowaki

PhD

2011

Species diversity of mycophagous insect community on wood-decaying fungi Ganoderma

Main

Robin Gardner-Gee

PhD

2010

The role of honeydew in northern non-beech forests in New Zealand

Main

Grant Ballard

PhD

2009

Parental investment of Adélie penguins

Co-supervisor

Imogen Bassett

PhD

2008

Ecology and management of alligator weed.

Main

Darren Ward

PhD

2008

The distribution and ecology of invasive ant species in the Pacific region.

Main

Catia Delmiglio

PhD

2008

The role of native grasses as hosts of cereal and pasture viruses and their vectors in New Zealand

Co-supervisor
Stephen Wallace MSc 2015

An assessment of the ecological restoration on Motuora Is.

Main

Emma Bodley

MSc

2014

Pollination ecology of the native orchid, Diplodium brumale

Co-supervisor

Annette Evans

MSc

2013

The value of honeydew for gecko populations on Korapuki island

Main

Jamie Stavert

MSc

2013

Foraging ecology of endemic New Zealand dung beetles

Main

Eileen Nowland-Walker

MSc

2013

The importance of invertebrates in decomposing coarse woody debris

Co-supervisor

Jennifer Waite

MSc

2012

The impact of mainland pest management on pollination, dispersal and recruitment of nikau.

Main

Jo-Anne Soper

MSc

2011

Invasion ecology of the wool carder bee

Main

Pham Quang Huy

MSc

2011

Response of fruit fly populations to new management tools in mango orchards in Tien Giang province, Viet Nam

Main

Asher Jones

MSc

2010

The ecology of native dung beetles in forests of Auckland, New Zealand

Main

Kelly Booth

MSc

2009

Characterisation and maintenance of invertebrate populations in urban parks on the North Shore

Main

Justin Smith

MSc

2009

New Zealand lizard pollination

Main

Julia Allwood

MSc

2008

Gondwanan relationships of New Zealand invertebrate fauna

Co-supervisor

Anne Tomlinson

MSc

2007

Comparison of litter-dwelling invertebrate communities in native forests

Main

Natalie Page

MSc

2007

Combined effects of transgene products and naturally occurring pathogens on honeybees

Co-supervisor

David Seldon

MSc

2006

New Zealand Carabidae: a revision of the Mecodema curvidens species group

Main

Aidan O’Donnell

MSc

2005

The impacts of habitat disturbance on invertebrate and lizard fauna within an agricultural setting.

Main

Mike Sim

MSc

2005

Invertebrate community response to sustained pest control in Nothofagus beech forest.

Main

Kenneth Sung

MSc

2005

Environmental limitations of Argentine ants

Main

Dominic Hartnett

MSc

2005

Above and below ground effects of honeydew on invertebrates in South Island beech forest.

Main

Robin Gardner-Gee

BSc (hons)

2004

Invertebrates and restoration: testing restoration assumptions and assessing restoration success on Motuora Island.

Main

Ellery McNaughton

BSc (hons)

2013

Supplemenary feeding practises in urban Auckland and patterns of use by common myna (Acridotheres tristis)

Co-supervisor

 

Distinctions/Honours

2015    Te Tohu Taiao – New Zealand Ecological Society award in recognition of sustained and unique contribution to invertebrate ecology in NZ, mentoring and outreach roles and also leadership among the ecological community.

2013    Ministerial appointment to Biosecurity Ministerial Advisory Committee

2010    Dean's Award for sustained excellence in teaching

2007    Fulbright New Zealand Travel Award

2006    Ministerial appointment to Auckland Conservation Board

Responsibilities

Deputy Director, Research, School of Biological Sciences

Director of Centre for Biodiversity and Biosecurity

Areas of expertise

Biodiversity, Biosecurity and Conservation

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Member of Editorial Boards for: Journal of Applied Ecology, Diversity and Distributions, New Zealand Entomologist

Biosecurity Ministerial Advisory Committee (Ministry of Primary Industries)

Kakapo Recovery Group (Dept. of Conservation)

Trustee, Endangered Species Foundation

Trustee of Kauri Fund (NZ Ecological Society)

Invasive Species Specialist Group, IUCN

Hauturu (Little Barrier Island) Science Advisory Panel

 

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Wyse, S. V., Beggs, J. R., Burns, B. R., & Stanley, M. C. (2015). Protecting trees at an individual level provides insufficient safeguard for urban forests. Landscape and Urban Planning, 141, 112-122. 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2015.05.006
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/29655
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Bruce Burns, Margaret Stanley
  • Galbraith, J. A., Beggs, J. R., Jones, D. N., & Stanley, M. C. (2015). Supplementary feeding restructures urban bird communities. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 112 (20), E2648-E2657. 10.1073/pnas.1501489112
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/29654
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Margaret Stanley
  • Gardner-Gee, R., Stanley, M. C., & Beggs, J. R. (2015). Re-forestation restores native dominance in an island beetle fauna. Restoration Ecology, 23 (3), 268-276. 10.1111/rec.12176
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/29653
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Margaret Stanley
  • Evans, A. E., Towns, D. R., & Beggs, J. R. (2015). Relative importance of sugar resources to endemic gecko populations in an isolated island ecosystem. NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF ECOLOGY, 39 (2), 262-272.
  • Todd, J. H., Barratt, B. I. P., Tooman, L., Beggs, J. R., & Malone, L. A. (2015). Selecting non-target species for risk assessment of entomophagous biological control agents: Evaluation of the PRONTI decision-support tool. Biological Control, 80, 77-88. 10.1016/j.biocontrol.2014.09.014
  • Gardner-Gee, R., Dhami, M. K., Paulin, K. J., & Beggs, J. R. (2014). Can alternative sugar sources buffer pollinators from nectar shortages?. Environmental entomology, 43 (6), 1514-1525. 10.1603/en13292
  • Galbraith, J. A., Beggs, J. R., Jones, D. N., McNaughton, E. J., Krull, C. R., & Stanley, M. C. (2014). Risks and drivers of wild bird feeding in urban areas of New Zealand. Biological Conservation, 180, 64-74. 10.1016/j.biocon.2014.09.038
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/29652
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Margaret Stanley
  • STAVERT, J. A. M. I. E. R., DRAYTON, B. R. A. D. L. E. Y. A., BEGGS, J. A. C. Q. U. E. L. I. N. E. R., & GASKETT, A. N. N. E. C. (2014). The volatile organic compounds of introduced and native dung and carrion and their role in dung beetle foraging behaviour. Ecological Entomology, 39 (5), 556-565. 10.1111/een.12133
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/24392
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Anne Gaskett, Jamie Stavert

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Contact details

Primary location

TAMAKI BUILDING 733 - Bldg 733
Level 3, Room 333
TAMAKI CAMPUS GATE 1, 261 MORRIN RD
ST JOHNS
AUCKLAND 1072
New Zealand

Secondary location

THOMAS BUILDING EXTENSION - Bldg 110N
Level 3, Room 3018
3A SYMONDS ST
AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand

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