Available to supervise Higher Degree by Research students

1989 …2019
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My reseach is focused on the ecology of populations and communities with a focus on invasive weeds and pests. In particular, how do species originating from elsewhere arrive, establish and spread at new locations. The answers to these questions are critical to managing the problems posed by introduced weeds and pests. In addition, species introductions provide unique opportunities to test fundamental questions about the way ecological communities are sturctured.

We use a varitey of approaches to answer these questions ranging from glasshouse experiments to large-scale field studies, all underpinned by theory and strong quantitative methods. 

Student Projects Available

I welcome enquiries from students interested in understanding the ecology of invasive species, particularly students interested in using species introductions as a way to address both applied and fundamental ecological questions. We work in a variety of systems (plants, birds, mammals, fish) with a recent focus on grasslands, and use a variety of approaches (glasshouse and field experments, field observational studies and modelling).

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.

External positions

Associate Editor: Diversity and Distributions

Associate Editor: Proceedings of the Royal Society London, B

Member International Science Advisory Panel for New Zealand's Biological Heritage Science Challenge

Governor Miss E.L. Hellaby Indigenous Grasslands Research Trust

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Projects 2015 2019

Research Output 1989 2018

5 Citations

Does size matter? An experimental evaluation of the relative abundance and decay rates of aquatic eDNA.

Bylemans, J., Furlan, E. M., Gleeson, D. M., Hardy, C. M. & Duncan, R. P. 26 Feb 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : Environmental Science and Technology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

relative abundance
1 Citations

Hope and caution: rewilding to mitigate the impacts of biological invasions

Derham, T. T., Duncan, R. P., Johnson, C. N. & Jones, M. E. 22 Oct 2018 In : Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences. 373, 1761, p. 1-9 9 p., 20180127

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article


Import volumes and biosecurity interventions shape the arrival rate of fungal pathogens

Sikes, B. A., Bufford, J. L., Hulme, P. E., Cooper, J. A., Johnston, P. R. & Duncan, R. P. 31 May 2018 In : PLoS Biology. 16, 5, 16 p., e2006025

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
9 Citations

Model selection using information criteria, but is the "best" model any good?

Mac Nally, R., Duncan, R. P., Thomson, J. R. & Yen, J. D. L. May 2018 In : Journal of Applied Ecology. 55, 3, p. 1441-1444 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

wildlife management
applied ecology

Prior exposure to non-pathogenic calicivirus RCV-A1 reduces both infection rate and mortality from rabbit haemorrhagic disease in a population of wild rabbits in Australia

Cooke, B. D., Duncan, R. P., Mcdonald, I., Liu, J., Capucci, L., Mutze, G. J. & Strive, T. Apr 2018 In : Transboundary and Emerging Diseases. 65, 2, p. 470-477 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus
Rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus