Richard Duncan

Professor

Accepting PhD Students

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, 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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introduced plants Agriculture & Biology
introduced species Earth & Environmental Sciences
naturalization Earth & Environmental Sciences
extinction Earth & Environmental Sciences
Trifolium Agriculture & Biology
propagule Earth & Environmental Sciences
indigenous species Agriculture & Biology
habitats Agriculture & Biology

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Projects 2015 2020

Research Output 1989 2019

A general model for alien species richness

Duncan, R. P., Cassey, P., Pigot, A. L. & Blackburn, T. M., Aug 2019, In : Biological Invasions. 21, 8, p. 2665-2677 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

introduced species
species richness
species diversity
propagule
colonization

Barriers to hybridisation and their conservation implications for a highly threatened Australian fish species

Moy, K. G., Unmack, P. J., Lintermans, M., Duncan, R. P. & Brown, C., 2019, In : Ethology. 125, 3, p. 142-152 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

hybridization
introgression
fish
species diversity
rivers

Calculating the uncertainty associated with log response ratios in plant-soil feedback studies

Bates, S. E., Wandrag, E. M. & Duncan, R. P., 8 Nov 2019, In : Plant Ecology. p. 1-8 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Cointroductions of Australian acacias and their rhizobial mutualists in the Southern Hemisphere

Warrington, S., Ellis, A., Novoa, A., Wandrag, E. M., Hulme, P. E., Duncan, R. P., Valentine, A. & Le Roux, J. J., Jul 2019, In : Journal of Biogeography. 46, 7, p. 1519-1531 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Acacia
Southern Hemisphere
rhizobacterium
Rhizobium
gene

eDNA surveys to detect species at very low densities: A case study of European carp eradication in Tasmania, Australia

Furlan, E. M., Gleeson, D., Wisniewski, C., Yick, J. & Duncan, R. P., 1 Nov 2019, In : Journal of Applied Ecology. 56, 11, p. 2505-2517 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

DNA
lake
cost
detection method
sampling