Richard Duncan

Professor

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Ecology of Invasive Species

1989 …2020

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Biography

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

Award Date: 19 Jul 2024

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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