Dr Margaret Stanley

BSc(Hons) (Otago); PhD (Monash)

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Senior Lecturer

Research | Current

Terrestrial Ecology

My interests in terrestrial ecology are diverse (research areas and taxa), but my research seeks to understand and mitigate human impacts on terrestrial biodiversity and ecosystems (particularly via disruption of community level interactions, e.g. plant-animal mutualisms).  My  primary research focusses on the impacts and mitigation of both invasive species and urban development. Although much of my research is applied ecology, I do undertake research on the co-evolutionary aspects of plant-animal interactions.

Postgraduate supervision

Urban Ecology

  • Light Pollution impacts (artificial light at night)
  • Road ecology: how plants and animals (native and invasive) interact with roads
  • Interaction between native and introduced organisms in urban areas (e.g. birds)
  • Connectivity of urban areas with natural areas (particularly pest movement)
  • Enhancing biodiversity/restoration

Invasive Ecology

  • Impacts of invasive animals/invertebrates on native communities (particularly on ecological functions such as pollination/seed dispersal)
  • Ecology and impact of newly established pest species
  • Invasive species and climate change
  • Competition+/or facilitation among multiple invasive species
  • Dispersal of weed seeds by birds

Plant-animal interactions (native and/or exotic systems)

  • Seed dispersal and pollination within communities
  • Plant defences – interactions with herbivores


Lab group members

FOR Further info: see http://stanleylab.blogs.auckland.ac.nz/ 

Current Students:

Anna Probert (PhD)

Assessing biosecurity risks to ecosystems: ants as model organisms

Ellery McNaughton (PhD)

The effect of artificial light at night on native avian behaviour and ecosystem services

Carolina Lara (PhD) Effectiveness of ecological corridors in maintaining bird movement and seed dispersal in urban areas

Rachael Sagar (co-supervisor, PhD)

Foraging ecology of the mottled petrel (Pterodroma inexpectata)

Kathy Crewther (PhD)

The management of domestic cats in the urban environment

Cathy Nottingham (MSc) The impact of hedgehogs on urban forest fragments

 

Previous students:

Robert Vennell (MSc, 2017) Estimating a damage function for feral pig disturbance
Josie Galbraith (PhD, 2016) Does supplementary feeding contribute to the success of introduced bird species?
Samantha Lincoln (MSc, 2016) Interactions between domestic cats and rats in urban environments
Rebecca Lehrke (MSc, 2016, co-supervisor) Assessing the efficacy of disturbance-based management of black swans at the Auckland Airport
Sam Heggie-Gracie (MSc, 2016) Identifying drivers of urban avian assemblages at different scales

Jessica Devitt (MSc, 2016)

Are native plant species within the host range of the introduced hadda beetle?

Christine Sheppard (PhD, 2014)

Potential distribution and invasiveness of newly established alien plants under different climate change scenarios.

Claire Warren (MSc, 2014)

Kick-starting secondary succession in old fields: can artificial perches influence seed rain?

Ellery McNaughton (BSc Hons, 2013)

The effect of supplementary feeding on Indian mynah in urban areas.

 

Eru Nathan (MSc, 2013)

Mammalian predator pest management: effectiveness and extent.

Cheryl Krull (PhD, 2012)

Impact and management of feral pigs in temperate rainforest

Vinni Pather (MSc, 2012)

The ecology and future invasive potential of Jatropha curcas as a biofuel crop in New Zealand.

Saronna Auina (MSc, 2011)

The impact of Anopolepis gracilipes (yellow crazy ants) on invertebrate communities in Nu’utele, Samoa.

Murray Fea (MSc, 2011)

Reproductive ecology and impact of the invasive praying mantis Miomantis caffra

Jarrod Thompson (MSc, 2010)

Coexistence in ant communities invaded by the ecologically dominant Argentine ant

Kenneth Sung (MSc, 2005)

Environmental limitations of Argentine ants

Robin Gardner-Gee (BSc Hons, 2004)

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

Areas of expertise

Biodiversity, Biosecurity and Conservation

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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Primary location

TAMAKI BUILDING 733 - Bldg 733
Level 3, Room 330
TAMAKI CAMPUS GATE 1, 261 MORRIN RD
ST JOHNS
AUCKLAND 1072
New Zealand

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