Dr Margaret Mayfield

ARC Future Fellow

School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Science
m.mayfield@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 51685

Overview

Plant Community Ecology, Conservation Biology, Climate Change Biology

My research broadly focuses on understanding how plant communities reassemble, persist and function following human land-use change. My research falls into three categories:

1) Theoretical plant community ecology, particularly community assembly and function.

2) Effects of agricultural production on native plants, insects and their interactions.

3) Improving restoration approaches using ecological and evolutionary theory.

Within my first research area my work involves the development of community ecological theory, and meta-analyses and field studies on plant functional diversity. These studies aim to improve understanding of community assembly following sudden, large-scale disturbances. In the long-term this work is forming the basis of understanding how how novel plant communities form, function and persist in landscapes persistently impacted by biological invasions, fragmentation and climate change. Results from this work are fundamental to advancing our ability to design conservation and restoration plans that will continue to protect focal species and system long into the future.

Work in my second research area focuses on crop pollination as an ecosystem service in agricultural landscapes, globally and in Australia particularly. Though I do not currently have students working directly on these projects, I remain involved in large international collaborations on this important research topic.

Within my third research area, I am working to advance ecological and evolutionary knowledge of direct use for plant community restoration. Currently, I am involved in two forest restoration experiments that are aimed at testing the long-term importance of tree diversity and tree density for the rapid recovery of forest biodiversity while making a profit on the carbon market.

Research Interests

  • Rainforest/woodland reforestation for biodiversity and Carbon sequestration
    An overarching goal of my research is to improve our ability to design forest restoration projects for successful recovery of biodiversity and carbon pools. I aim to do this by improving our understanding of the processes involved in community reassembly following global change and by experimentally testing a range of questions about restoration approaches. I am involved in two large-scale forest restoration experiments aimed at testing the importance of planted tree species diversity and tree spacing to the co-benefits of biodiversity recovery and carbon sequestration in forest restoration plantings. I also work on examining pre-existing forest plantings to try to advance our understanding of which environmental and biotic factors impact the success of forest plantings most from the perspective of carbon and biodiversity benefits of such projects.
  • Novel community assembly
    Much of my current research aims to improve our understanding of the ecological mechanisms driving the assembly of novel communities under drivers of global change. My work in this research area focuses on the annual plant communities of SW Western Australia, where I am using experimental and observational studies to understand how large-scale climate factors interface with local scale land use change to drive diversity patterns, invasions and resilience to invasion in native plant communities.
  • The role of productivity in driving forest recovery following land use change
    One of the big projects on-going in my research group aims to identify generalisable patterns of forest recovery following common land use changes such as logging and conversion of forest to agriculture. We are currently studying Australia's rainforests to determine if regional productivity drives patterns of forest recovery following logging.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Art (Hons), Reed College
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Stanford University

Publications

  • Dwyer, John M., Hobbs, Richard J. and Mayfield, Margaret M. (2014) Specific leaf area responses to environmental gradients through space and time. Ecology, 95 2: 399-410. doi:10.1890/13-0412.1

  • Garibaldi, Lucas A., Steffan-Dewenter, Ingolf, Winfree, Rachael, Aizen, Marcelo A., Bommarco, Riccardo, Cunningham, Saul A., Kremen, Claire, Carvalheiro, Luisa G., Harder, Lawrence D., Afik, Ohad, Bartomeus, Ignasi, Benjamin, Faye, Boreux, Virginie, Cariveau, Daniel, Chacoff, Natacha P., Dudenhoeffer, Jan H., Freitas, Breno M., Ghazoul, Jaboury, Greenleaf, Sarah, Hipolito, Juliana, Holzschuh, Andrea, Howlett, Brad, Isaacs, Rufus, Javorek, Steven K., Kennedy, Christina M., Krewenka, Kristin M., Krishnan, Smitha, Mandelik, Yael, Mayfield, Margaret M., Motzke, Iris, Munyuli, Theodore, Nault, Brian A., Otieno, Mark, Petersen, Jessica, Pisanty, Gideon, Potts, Simon G., Rader, Romina, Ricketts, Taylor H., Rundlof, Maj, Seymour, Colleen L., Schueepp, Christof, Szentgyoergyi, Hajnalka, Taki, Hisatomo, Tscharntke, Teja, Vergara, Carlos H., Viana, Blandina F., Wanger, Thomas C., Westphal, Catrin, Williams, Neal and Klein, Alexandra M. (2013) Wild pollinators enhance fruit set of crops regardless of honey bee abundance. Science, 339 6127: 1608-1611. doi:10.1126/science.1230200

  • HilleRisLambers, J., Adler, P. B., Harpole, W. S., Levine, J. M. and Mayfield, M. M. (2012) Rethinking community assembly through the lens of coexistence theory. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics, Vol 43, 43 227-248. doi:10.1146/annurev-ecolsys-110411-160411

  • Mayfield, Margaret. M and Levine, Jonathan. M (2010) Opposing effects of competitive exclusion on the phylogenetic structure of communities. Ecology Letters, 13 9: 1085-1093. doi:10.1111/j.1461-0248.2010.01509.x

  • Mayfield, M M, Bonser, SP, Morgan, JW, Aubin, I, McNamara, S and Vesk, PA (2010) What does species richness tell us about functional trait diversity? Predictions and evidence for responses of species and functional trait diversity to land-use change. GLOBAL ECOLOGY AND BIOGEOGRAPHY, 19 4: 423-431. doi:10.1111/j.1466-8238.2010.00532.x

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Available Projects

  • I am currently accepting students to work on understanding the ecological and evolutionary mechanisms driving the formation of novel communities. Topics vary but the work done in association with this project focuses on Western Australian York Gum woodlands.

    Topics include:

    The role of facilitation in driving coexistence of native and exotic species

    The role of plant-pollination interactions in driving coexistence

    Resilience to exotic invasion

    Climate change and novel community formation - using ecological theory to predict where and what types of communities will be found across landscapes in the future.

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Publications

Featured Publications

  • Dwyer, John M., Hobbs, Richard J. and Mayfield, Margaret M. (2014) Specific leaf area responses to environmental gradients through space and time. Ecology, 95 2: 399-410. doi:10.1890/13-0412.1

  • Garibaldi, Lucas A., Steffan-Dewenter, Ingolf, Winfree, Rachael, Aizen, Marcelo A., Bommarco, Riccardo, Cunningham, Saul A., Kremen, Claire, Carvalheiro, Luisa G., Harder, Lawrence D., Afik, Ohad, Bartomeus, Ignasi, Benjamin, Faye, Boreux, Virginie, Cariveau, Daniel, Chacoff, Natacha P., Dudenhoeffer, Jan H., Freitas, Breno M., Ghazoul, Jaboury, Greenleaf, Sarah, Hipolito, Juliana, Holzschuh, Andrea, Howlett, Brad, Isaacs, Rufus, Javorek, Steven K., Kennedy, Christina M., Krewenka, Kristin M., Krishnan, Smitha, Mandelik, Yael, Mayfield, Margaret M., Motzke, Iris, Munyuli, Theodore, Nault, Brian A., Otieno, Mark, Petersen, Jessica, Pisanty, Gideon, Potts, Simon G., Rader, Romina, Ricketts, Taylor H., Rundlof, Maj, Seymour, Colleen L., Schueepp, Christof, Szentgyoergyi, Hajnalka, Taki, Hisatomo, Tscharntke, Teja, Vergara, Carlos H., Viana, Blandina F., Wanger, Thomas C., Westphal, Catrin, Williams, Neal and Klein, Alexandra M. (2013) Wild pollinators enhance fruit set of crops regardless of honey bee abundance. Science, 339 6127: 1608-1611. doi:10.1126/science.1230200

  • HilleRisLambers, J., Adler, P. B., Harpole, W. S., Levine, J. M. and Mayfield, M. M. (2012) Rethinking community assembly through the lens of coexistence theory. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics, Vol 43, 43 227-248. doi:10.1146/annurev-ecolsys-110411-160411

  • Mayfield, Margaret. M and Levine, Jonathan. M (2010) Opposing effects of competitive exclusion on the phylogenetic structure of communities. Ecology Letters, 13 9: 1085-1093. doi:10.1111/j.1461-0248.2010.01509.x

  • Mayfield, M M, Bonser, SP, Morgan, JW, Aubin, I, McNamara, S and Vesk, PA (2010) What does species richness tell us about functional trait diversity? Predictions and evidence for responses of species and functional trait diversity to land-use change. GLOBAL ECOLOGY AND BIOGEOGRAPHY, 19 4: 423-431. doi:10.1111/j.1466-8238.2010.00532.x

Book Chapter

  • Waser, Nickolas M. and Mayfield, Margaret M. (2006). Applications in agriculture and conservation. In Nickolas M. Waser and Jeff Ollerton (Ed.), Plant-pollinator interactions: From specialization to generalization (pp. 309-313) Chicago, U.S.A.: University of Chicago Press.

  • Ricketts, Taylor H., Williams, Neal M. and Mayfield, Margaret M. (2006). Connectivity and ecosystem services: Crop pollination in agricultural landscapes. In Kevin R. Crooks and M. A. Sanjayan (Ed.), Connectivity conservation (pp. 255-289) Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press.

Journal Article

  • Rader, Romina, Bartomeus, Ignasi, Garibaldi, Lucas A., Garratt, Michael P. D., Howlett, Brad G., Winfree, Rachael, Cunningham, Saul A., Mayfield, Margaret M., Arthur, Anthony D., Andersson, Georg K. S., Bommarco, Riccardo, Brittain, Claire, Carvalheiro, Luísa G., Chacoff, Natacha P., Entling, Martin H., Foully, Benjamin, Freitas, Breno M., Gemmill-Herren, Barbara, Ghazoul, Jaboury, Griffin, Sean R., Gross, Caroline L., Herbertsson, Lina, Herzog, Felix, Hipolito, Juliana, Jaggar, Sue, Jauker, Frank, Klein, Alexandra-Maria, Kleijn, David, Krishnan, Smitha, Lemos, Camila Q., Lindstrom, Sandra A. M., Mandelik, Yael, Monteiro, Victor M., Nelson, Warrick, Nilsson, Lovisa, Pattemore, David E., Pereira, Natália, Pisanty, Gideon, Potts, Simon G., Reemer, Menno, Rundlof, Maj, Sheffield, Cory S., Scheper, Jeroen, Schuepp, Christof, Smith, Henrik G., Stanley, Dara A., Stout, Jane C., Szentgyorgyi, Hajnalka, Taki, Hisatomo, Vergara, Carlos H., Viana, Blandina F. and Woyciechowski, Michal (2016) Non-bee insects are important contributors to global crop pollination. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 113 1: 146-151. doi:10.1073/pnas.1517092112

  • Smith, Tobias J. and Mayfield, Margaret M. (2015) Diptera species and functional diversity across tropical Australian countryside landscapes. Biological Conservation, 191 436-443. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2015.07.035

  • Garibaldi, Lucas A., Bartomeus, Ignasi, Bommarco, Riccardo, Klein, Alexandra M., Cunningham, Saul A., Aizen, Marcelo A., Boreux, Virginie, Garratt, Michael P.D., Carvalheiro, Luisa G., Kremen, Claire, Morales, Carolina L., Schuepp, Christof, Chacoff, Natacha P., Freitas, Breno M., Gagic, Vesna, Holzschuh, Andrea, Klatt, Bjorn K., Krewenka, Kristin M., Krishnan, Smitha, Mayfield, Margaret M., Motzke, Iris, Otieno, Mark, Petersen, Jessica, Potts, Simon G., Ricketts, Taylor H., Rundlof, Maj, Sciligo, Amber, Sinu, Palatty Allesh, Steffan-Dewenter, Ingolf, Taki, Hisatomo, Tscharntke, Teja, Vergara, Carlos H., Viana, Blandina F. and Woyciechowski, Michal (2015) Trait matching of flower visitors and crops predicts fruit set better than trait diversity. Journal of Applied Ecology, 52 6: 1436-1444. doi:10.1111/1365-2664.12530

  • Loy, Xingwen, Wainwright, Claire E. and Mayfield, Margaret M. (2015) Asteraceae invaders have limited impacts on the pollination of common native annual species in SW Western Australia’s open woodland wildflower communities. Plant Ecology, 216 8: 1103-1115. doi:10.1007/s11258-015-0495-3

  • Dwyer, John M., Hobbs, Richard J., Wainwright, Claire E. and Mayfield, Margaret M. (2015) Climate moderates release from nutrient limitation in natural annual plant communities. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 24 5: 549-561. doi:10.1111/geb.12277

  • Lai, Hao Ran, Mayfield, Margaret M., Gay-des-combes, Justine M., Spiegelberger, Thomas and Dwyer, John M. (2015) Distinct invasion strategies operating within a natural annual plant system. Ecology Letters, 18 4: 336-346. doi:10.1111/ele.12414

  • Hudson, Lawrence N., Newbold, Tim, Contu, Sara, Hill, Samantha L. L., Lysenko, Igor, De Palma, Adriana, Phillips, Helen R. P., Senior, Rebecca A., Bennett, Dominic J., Booth, Hollie, Choimes, Argyrios, Correia, David L. P., Day, Julie, Echeverria-Londono, Susy, Garon, Morgan, Harrison, Michelle L. K., Ingram, Daniel J., Jung, Martin, Kemp, Victoria, Kirkpatrick, Lucinda, Martin, Callum D., Pan, Yuan, White, Hannah J., Aben, Job, Abrahamczyk, Stefan, Adum, Gilbert B., Aguilar-Barquero, Virginia, Aizen, Marcelo A., Ancrenaz, Marc, Arbelaez-Cortes, Enrique, Armbrecht, Inge, Azhar, Badrul, Azpiroz, Adrian B., Baeten, Lander, Baldi, Andras, Banks, John E., Barlow, Jos, Batary, Peter, Bates, Adam J., Bayne, Erin M., Beja, Pedro, Berg, Ake, Berry, Nicholas J., Bicknell, Jake E., Bihn, Jochen H., Boehning-Gaese, Katrin, Boekhout, Teun, Boutin, Celine, Bouyer, Jeremy, Brearley, Francis Q., Brito, Isabel, Brunet, Joerg, Buczkowski, Grzegorz, Buscardo, Erika, Cabra-Garcia, Jimmy, Calvino-Cancela, Maria, Cameron, Sydney A., Cancello, Eliana M., Carrijo, Tiago F., Carvalho, Anelena L., Castro, Helena, Castro-Luna, Alejandro A., Cerda, Rolando, Cerezo, Alexis, Chauvat, Matthieu, Clarke, Frank M., Cleary, Daniel F. R., Connop, Stuart P., D'Aniello, Biagio, da Silva, Pedro Giovani, Darvill, Ben, Dauber, Jens, Dejean, Alain, Diekoetter, Tim, Dominguez-Haydar, Yamileth, Dormann, Carsten F., Dumont, Bertrand, Dures, Simon G., Dynesius, Mats, Edenius, Lars, Elek, Zoltan, Entling, Martin H., Farwig, Nina, Fayle, Tom M., Felicioli, Antonio, Felton, Annika M., Ficetola, Gentile F., Filgueiras, Bruno K. C., Fonte, Steven J., Fraser, Lauchlan H., Fukuda, Daisuke, Furlani, Dario, Ganzhorn, Joerg U., Garden, Jenni G., Gheler-Costa, Carla, Giordani, Paolo, Giordano, Simonetta, Gottschalk, Marco S., Goulson, Dave, Gove, Aaron D., Grogan, James, Hanley, Mick E., Hanson, Thor, Hashim, Nor R., Hawes, Joseph E., Hebert, Christian, Helden, Alvin J., Henden, John-Andre, Hernandez, Lionel, Herzog, Felix, Higuera-Diaz, Diego, Hilje, Branko, Horgan, Finbarr G., Horvath, Roland, Hylander, Kristoffer, Isaacs-Cubides, Paola, Ishitani, Masahiro, Jacobs, Carmen T., Jaramillo, Victor J., Jauker, Birgit, Jonsell, Mats, Jung, Thomas S., Kapoor, Vena, Kati, Vassiliki, Katovai, Eric, Kessler, Michael, Knop, Eva, Kolb, Annette, Koroesi, Adam, Lachat, Thibault, Lantschner, Victoria, Le Feon, Violette, LeBuhn, Gretchen, Legare, Jean-Philippe, Letcher, Susan G., Littlewood, Nick A., Lopez-Quintero, Carlos A., Louhaichi, Mounir, Loevei, Gabor L., Lucas-Borja, Manuel Esteban, Luja, Victor H., Maeto, Kaoru, Magura, Tibor, Mallari, Neil Aldrin, Marin-Spiotta, Erika, Marshall, E. J. P., Martinez, Eliana, Mayfield, Margaret M., Mikusinski, Grzegorz, Milder, Jeffrey C., Miller, James R., Morales, Carolina L., Muchane, Mary N., Muchane, Muchai, Naidoo, Robin, Nakamura, Akihiro, Naoe, Shoji, Nates-Parra, Guiomar, Navarrete Gutierrez, Dario A., Neuschulz, Eike L., Noreika, Norbertas, Norfolk, Olivia, Noriega, Jorge Ari, Noeske, Nicole M., O'Dea, Niall, Oduro, William, Ofori-Boateng, Caleb, Oke, Chris O., Osgathorpe, Lynne M., Paritsis, Juan, Parra-H, Alejandro, Pelegrin, Nicolas, Peres, Carlos A., Persson, Anna S., Petanidou, Theodora, Phalan, Ben, Philips, T. Keith, Poveda, Katja, Power, Eileen F., Presley, Steven J., Proenca, Vania, Quaranta, Marino, Quintero, Carolina, Redpath-Downing, Nicola A., Reid, J. Leighton, Reis, Yana T., Ribeiro, Danilo B., Richardson, Barbara A., Richardson, Michael J., Robles, Carolina A., Roembke, Joerg, Romero-Duque, Luz Piedad, Rosselli, Loreta, Rossiter, Stephen J., Roulston, T'ai H., Rousseau, Laurent, Sadler, Jonathan P., Safian, Szabolcs, Saldana-Vazquez, Romeo A., Samnegard, Ulrika, Schueepp, Christof, Schweiger, Oliver, Sedlock, Jodi L., Shahabuddin, Ghazala, Sheil, Douglas, Silva, Fernando A. B., Slade, Eleanor M., Smith-Pardo, Allan H., Sodhi, Navjot S., Somarriba, Eduardo J., Sosa, Ramon A., Stout, Jane C., Struebig, Matthew J., Sung, Yik-Hei, Threlfall, Caragh G., Tonietto, Rebecca, Tothmeresz, Bela, Tscharntke, Teja, Turner, Edgar C., Tylianakis, Jason M., Vanbergen, Adam J., Vassilev, Kiril, Verboven, Hans A. F., Vergara, Carlos H., Vergara, Pablo M., Verhulst, Jort, Walker, Tony R., Wang, Yanping, Watling, James I., Wells, Konstans, Williams, Christopher D., Willig, Michael R., Woinarski, John C. Z., Wolf, Jan H. D., Woodcock, Ben A., Yu, Douglas W., Zaitsev, Andrey S., Collen, Ben, Ewers, Rob M., Mace, Georgina M., Purves, Drew W., Scharlemann, Joern P. W. and Purvis, Andy (2014) The PREDICTS database: a global database of how local terrestrial biodiversity responds to human impacts. Ecology and Evolution, 4 24: 4701-4735. doi:10.1002/ece3.1303

  • Mayfield, Margaret M., Dwyer, John M., Main, Alanna and Levine, Jonathan M. (2014) The germination strategies of widespread annual plants are unrelated to regional climate. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 23 1430-1439. doi:10.1111/geb.12219

  • Dwyer, John M., Hobbs, Richard J. and Mayfield, Margaret M. (2014) Specific leaf area responses to environmental gradients through space and time. Ecology, 95 2: 399-410. doi:10.1890/13-0412.1

  • Standish, Rachel J., Hobbs, Richard, Mayfield, Margaret M., Bestelmeyer, Brandon T., Suding, Katherine N., Battaglia, Loretta L., Eviner, Valerie, Hawkes, Christine V., Temperton, Vicky M., Cramer, Viki A., Harris, James A., Funk, Jennifer L. and Thomas, Peter A. (2014) Resilience in ecology: Abstraction, distraction, or where the action is?. Biological Conservation, 177 43-51. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2014.06.008

  • Saunders, Manu E., Luck, Gary W. and Mayfield, Margaret M. (2013) Almond orchards with living ground cover host more wild insect pollinators. Journal of Insect Conservation, 17 5: 1011-1025. doi:10.1007/s10841-013-9584-6

  • Mayfield, Margaret M., Dwyer, John M., Chalmandrier, Loic, Wells, Jessie A., Bonser, Stephen P., Catterall, Carla P., DeClerck, Fabrice, Ding, Yi, Fraterrigo, Jennifer M., Metcalfe, Daniel J., Queiroz, Cibele, Vesk, Peter A. and Morgan, John W. (2013) Differences in forest plant functional trait distributions across land-use and productivity gradient. American Journal of Botany, 100 7: 1356-1368. doi:10.3732/ajb.1200461

  • Kennedy, Christina M., Lonsdorf, Eric, Neel, Maile C., Williams, Neal M., Ricketts, Taylor H., Winfree, Rachael, Bommarco, Riccardo, Brittain, Claire, Burley, Alana L., Cariveau, Daniel, Carvalheiro, Luisa G., Chacoff, Natacha P., Cunningham, Saul A., Danforth, Bryan N., Dudenhoeffer, Jan-Hendrik, Elle, Elizabeth, Gaines, Hannah R., Garibaldi, Lucas A., Gratton, Claudio, Holzschuh, Andrea, Isaacs, Rufus, Javorek, Steven K., Jha, Shalene, Klein, Alexandra M., Krewenka, Kristin, Mandelik, Yael, Mayfield, Margaret M., Morandin, Lora, Neame, Lisa A., Otieno, Mark, Park, Mia, Potts, Simon G., Rundlof, Maj, Saez, Agustin, Steffan-Dewenter, Ingolf, Taki, Hisatomo, Viana, Blandina Felipe, Westphal, Catrin, Wilson, Julianna K., Greenleaf, Sarah S. and Kremen, Claire (2013) A global quantitative synthesis of local and landscape effects on wild bee pollinators in agroecosystems. Ecology Letters, 16 5: 584-599. doi:10.1111/ele.12082

  • Garibaldi, Lucas A., Steffan-Dewenter, Ingolf, Winfree, Rachael, Aizen, Marcelo A., Bommarco, Riccardo, Cunningham, Saul A., Kremen, Claire, Carvalheiro, Luisa G., Harder, Lawrence D., Afik, Ohad, Bartomeus, Ignasi, Benjamin, Faye, Boreux, Virginie, Cariveau, Daniel, Chacoff, Natacha P., Dudenhoeffer, Jan H., Freitas, Breno M., Ghazoul, Jaboury, Greenleaf, Sarah, Hipolito, Juliana, Holzschuh, Andrea, Howlett, Brad, Isaacs, Rufus, Javorek, Steven K., Kennedy, Christina M., Krewenka, Kristin M., Krishnan, Smitha, Mandelik, Yael, Mayfield, Margaret M., Motzke, Iris, Munyuli, Theodore, Nault, Brian A., Otieno, Mark, Petersen, Jessica, Pisanty, Gideon, Potts, Simon G., Rader, Romina, Ricketts, Taylor H., Rundlof, Maj, Seymour, Colleen L., Schueepp, Christof, Szentgyoergyi, Hajnalka, Taki, Hisatomo, Tscharntke, Teja, Vergara, Carlos H., Viana, Blandina F., Wanger, Thomas C., Westphal, Catrin, Williams, Neal and Klein, Alexandra M. (2013) Wild pollinators enhance fruit set of crops regardless of honey bee abundance. Science, 339 6127: 1608-1611. doi:10.1126/science.1230200

  • HilleRisLambers, J., Adler, P. B., Harpole, W. S., Levine, J. M. and Mayfield, M. M. (2012) Rethinking community assembly through the lens of coexistence theory. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics, Vol 43, 43 227-248. doi:10.1146/annurev-ecolsys-110411-160411

  • Moles, Angela T., Flores-Moreno, Habacuc, Bonser, Stephen P., Warton, David I., Helm, Aveliina, Warman, Laura, Eldridge, David J., Jurado, Enrique, Hemmings, Frank A., Reich, Peter B., Cavender-Bares, Jeannine, Seabloom, Eric W., Mayfield, Margaret M., Sheil, Douglas, Djietror, Jonathan C., Peri, Pablo L., Enrico, Lucas, Cabido, Marcelo R., Setterfield, Samantha A., Lehmann, Caroline E. R. and Thomson, Fiona J. (2012) Invasions: The trail behind, the path ahead, and a test of a disturbing idea. Journal of Ecology, 100 1: 116-127. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2745.2011.01915.x

  • Katovai, Eric, Burley, Alana L. and Mayfield, Margaret M. (2012) Understory plant species and functional diversity in the degraded wet tropical forests of Kolombangara Island, Solomon Islands. Biological Conservation, 145 1: 214-224. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2011.11.008

  • Garibaldi, Lucas A., Steffan-Dewenter, Ingolf, Kremen, Claire, Morales, Juan M., Bommarco, Riccardo, Cunningham, Saul A., Carvalheiro, Luísa G., Chacoff, Natacha P., Dudenhöffer, Jan H., Greenleaf, Sarah S., Holzschuh, Andrea, Isaacs, Rufus, Krewenka, Kristin, Mandelik, Yael, Mayfield, Margaret M., Morandin, Lora A., Potts, Simon G., Ricketts, Taylor H., Szentgyörgyi, Hajnalka, Viana, Blandina F., Westphal, Catrin, Winfree, Rachael and Klein, Alexandra M. (2011) Stability of pollination services decreases with isolation from natural areas despite honey bee visits. Ecology Letters, 14 10: 1062-1072. doi:10.1111/j.1461-0248.2011.01669.x

  • Burley, Alana L., Enright, Neal J. and Mayfield, Margaret M. (2011) Demographic response and life history of traditional forest resource tree species in a tropical mosaic landscape in Papua New Guinea. Forest Ecology and Management, 262 5: 750-758. doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2011.05.008

  • Sonter, Laura J., Metcalfe, Daniel and Mayfield, Margaret M. (2011) Assessing rainforest restoration: the value of buffer strips for the recovery of rainforest remnants in Australia’s wet tropics. Pacific Conservation Biology, 16 4: 274-288.

  • Mayfield, Margaret. M and Levine, Jonathan. M (2010) Opposing effects of competitive exclusion on the phylogenetic structure of communities. Ecology Letters, 13 9: 1085-1093. doi:10.1111/j.1461-0248.2010.01509.x

  • Mayfield, M M, Bonser, SP, Morgan, JW, Aubin, I, McNamara, S and Vesk, PA (2010) What does species richness tell us about functional trait diversity? Predictions and evidence for responses of species and functional trait diversity to land-use change. GLOBAL ECOLOGY AND BIOGEOGRAPHY, 19 4: 423-431. doi:10.1111/j.1466-8238.2010.00532.x

  • Laliberte, E, Wells, JA, DeClerck, F, Metcalfe, DJ, Catterall, CP, Queiroz, C, Aubin, I, Bonser, SP, Ding, Y, Fraterrigo, JM, McNamara, S, Morgan, JW, Merlos, DS, Vesk, PA and Mayfield, MM (2010) Land-use intensification reduces functional redundancy and response diversity in plant communities. ECOLOGY LETTERS, 13 1: 76-86. doi:10.1111/j.1461-0248.2009.01403.x

  • Mayfield, Margaret M., Boni, Maciej F. and Ackerly, David D. (2009) Traits, habitats, and clades: Identifying traits of potential importance to environmental filtering. The American Naturalist, 174 1: E1-E22. doi:10.1086/599293

  • Flynn, Dan F. B., Gogol-Prokurat, Melanie, Nogeire, Theresa, Molinari, Nicole, Trautman Richers, Bárbara, Lin, Brenda B., Simpson, Nicholas, Mayfield, Margaret and DeClerck, Fabrice (2009) Loss of functional diversity under land use intensification across multiple taxa. Ecology Letters, 12 1: 22-33. doi:10.1111/j.1461-0248.2008.01255.x

  • Ricketts. T.H., Regetz, J., Steffan-Dewenter, I., Cunningham, S.A., Kremen, C., Bogdanski, A., Gemmill-Herren, B., Greenleaf, S.S., Klein, A.M., Mayfield, M., Morandin, L.A., Ochieng, A. and Viana, B.F. (2008) Landscape effects on crop pollination services: are there general patterns?. Ecology Letters, 11 5: 499-515. doi:10.1111/j.1461-0248.2008.01157.x

  • Sax, D. F., Stachowicz, J. J., Brown, J. H., Bruno, J. F., Dawson, M. N., Gaines, S. D., Grosberg, R. K., Hastings, A., Holt, R. D., Mayfield, M. M., O'Connor, M. I. and Rice, W. R. (2007) Ecological and evolutionary insights from species invasions. Trends In Ecology & Evolution, 22 9: 465-471. doi:10.1016/j.tree.2007.06.009

  • Vellend, Mark, Harmon, Luke, Lockwood, Julie L., Mayfield, Margaret M., Hughes, A. Randall, Wares, John P. and Sax, Dov F. (2007) Effects of exotic species on evolutionary diversification. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 22 9: 481-488. doi:10.1016/j.tree.2007.02.0171

  • Moles, Angela T., Ackerly, David D., Tweeddle, John C., Dickie, John B., Smith, Roger, Leishman, Michelle R., Mayfield, Margaret M., Pitman, Andy, Wood, Jeff T. and Westoby, Mark (2007) Global patterns in seed size. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 16 1: 109-116. doi:10.1111/j.1466-822x.2006.00259.x

  • Mayfield, M. M., Ackerly, D. and Daily, G. C. (2006) The diversity and conservation of plant reproductive and dispersal functional traits in human-dominated tropical landscapes. Journal of Ecology, 94 3: 522-536. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2745.2006.01108.x

  • Mayfield, M. M. (2005) The importance of nearby forest to known and potential pollinators of oil palm (Elaeis guineensis Jacq.; Areceaceae) in southern Costa Rica.. Economic Botany, 59 2: 190-196. doi:10.1663/0013-0001(2005)059[0190:TIONFT]2.0.CO;2

  • Mayfield, M. M. and Daily, G. C. (2005) Countryside biogeography of neotropical herbaceous and shrubby plants. Ecological Applications, 15 2: 423-439. doi:10.1890/03-5369

  • Mayfield, M. M., Boni, M. E., Daily, G. C. and Ackerly, D. (2005) Species and functional diversity of native and human-dominated plant communities. Ecology, 86 9: 2365-2372. doi:10.1890/05-0141

  • Mayfield, M. M., Waser, N. M. and Price, M. V. (2001) Exploring the 'most effective pollinator principle' with complex flowers: Bumblebees and Ipomopsis aggregata. Annals of Botany, 88 4: 591-596. doi:10.1006/anbo.2001.1500

Conference Publication

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

Completed Supervision

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • I am currently accepting students to work on understanding the ecological and evolutionary mechanisms driving the formation of novel communities. Topics vary but the work done in association with this project focuses on Western Australian York Gum woodlands.

    Topics include:

    The role of facilitation in driving coexistence of native and exotic species

    The role of plant-pollination interactions in driving coexistence

    Resilience to exotic invasion

    Climate change and novel community formation - using ecological theory to predict where and what types of communities will be found across landscapes in the future.