Dr Nathalie Butt

Laureate Postdoc Research Associate

School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Science
+61 7 336 51697



  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), Oxford Brookes University
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Oxf.


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Journal Article

  • Allek, Adriana, Assis, Ariadna S., Eiras, Nicoli, Amaral, Thais P., Williams, Brooke, Butt, Nathalie, Renwick, Anna R., Bennett, Joseph R. and Beyer, Hawthorne L. (2018) The threats endangering Australia's at-risk fauna. Biological Conservation, 222 172-179. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2018.03.029

  • Deb, Jiban Chandra , Phinn, Stuart , Butt, Nathalie and McAlpine, Clive A. (2018) Adaptive management and planning for the conservation of four threatened large Asian mammals in a changing climate. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, . doi:10.1007/s11027-018-9810-3

  • Deb, J.C., Phinn, S., Butt, N. and McAlpine, C.A. (2018) Climate change impacts on tropical forests: identifying risks for tropical Asia. Journal of Tropical Forest Science, 30 2: 182-194. doi:10.26525/jtfs2018.30.2.182194

  • Yan, Hao, Wang, Shao-Qiang, da Rocha, Humberto R., Rap, Alexandru, Bonal, Damien, Butt, Nathalie, Coupe, Natalia Restrepo and Shugart, Herman H. (2017) Simulation of the Unexpected Photosynthetic Seasonality in Amazonian Evergreen Forests by Using an Improved Diffuse Fraction-Based Light Use Efficiency Model. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, 122 11: 3014-3030. doi:10.1002/2017JG004008

  • Bebber, Daniel P. and Butt, Nathalie (2017) Tropical protected areas reduced deforestation carbon emissions by one third from 2000-2012. Scientific Reports, 7 1: . doi:10.1038/s41598-017-14467-w

  • Reside, April E., Butt, Nathalie and Adams, Vanessa M. (2017) Adapting systematic conservation planning for climate change. Biodiversity and Conservation, 1-29. doi:10.1007/s10531-017-1442-5

  • Holden, Matthew H., Butt, Nathalie, Chauvenet, Alienor, Plein, Michaela, Stringer, Martin and Chades, Iadine (2017) Academic conferences urgently need environmental policies. Nature Ecology and Evolution, 1 1211-1212. doi:10.1038/s41559-017-0296-2

  • Deb, Jiban Chandra, Phinn, Stuart, Butt, Nathalie and McAlpine, Clive A. (2017) Climatic-induced shifts in the distribution of teak (Tectona grandis) in tropical Asia: implications for forest management and planning. Environmental Management, . doi:10.1007/s00267-017-0884-6

  • Di Marco, Moreno, Chapman, Sarah, Althor, Glenn, Kearney, Stephen, Besancon, Charles, Butt, Nathalie, Maina, Joseph M. , Possingham, Hugh P. , Bieberstein, Katharina Rogalla von, Venter, Oscar and Watson, James E. M. (2017) Changing trends and persisting biases in three decades of conservation science. Global Ecology and Conservation, 10 32-42. doi:10.1016/j.gecco.2017.01.008

  • Deb, Jiban C. , Phinn, Stuart, Butt, Nathalie and Mcalpine, Clive A. (2017) The impact of climate change on the distribution of two threatened Dipterocarp trees. Ecology and Evolution, 7 7: 2238-2248. doi:10.1002/ece3.2846

  • Butt, Nathalie, Whiting, Scottt and Dethmers, Kiki (2016) Identifying future sea turtle conservation areas under climate change. Biological Conservation, 204 B: 189-196. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2016.10.012

  • Gonzalez-Orozco, Carlos E., Pollock, Laura J., Thornhill, Andrew H., Mishler, Brent D., Knerr, Nunzio, Laffan, Shawn W., Miller, Joseph T., Rosauer, Dan F., Faith, Daniel P., Nipperess, David A., Kujala, Heini, Linke, Simon, Butt, Nathalie, Kulheim, Carsten, Crisp, Michael D. and Gruber, Bernd (2016) Phylogenetic approaches reveal biodiversity threats under climate change. Nature Climate Change, 6 12: 1110-1114. doi:10.1038/nclimate3126

  • Butt, N., Possingham, H. P., De Los Rios, C., Maggini, R., Fuller, R. A., Maxwell, S. L. and Watson, J. E. M. (2016) Challenges in assessing the vulnerability of species to climate change to inform conservation actions. Biological Conservation, 199 10-15. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2016.04.020

  • Lee, Juheon, Cai, Xiaohao, Lellmann, Jan, Dalponte, Michele, Malhi, Yadvinder, Butt, Nathalie, Morecroft, Mike, Schonlieb, Carola-Bibiane and Coomes, David A. (2016) Individual tree species classification from airborne multisensor imagery using robust PCA. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, 9 6: 2554-2567. doi:10.1109/JSTARS.2016.2569408

  • Needham, Jessica, Merow, Cory, Butt, Natalie, Malhi, Yadvinder, Marthews, Toby R., Morecroft, Michael and Mcmahon, Sean M. (2016) Forest community response to invasive pathogens: the case of ash dieback in a British woodland. Journal of Ecology, 104 2: 315-330. doi:10.1111/1365-2745.12545

  • Butt, Nathalie, Seabrook, Leonie, Syktus, Jozef and McAlpine, Clive (2015) Climate extremes impact nectar and fruit availability. Decision Point, 10-11.

  • Schwartz, Mark W., Butt, Nathalie, Dolanc, Christopher R., Holguin, Andrew, Moritz, Max A., North, Malcolm P., Safford, Hugh D., Stephenson, Nathan L., Thorne, James H. and van Mantgem, Phillip J. (2015) Increasing elevation of fire in the Sierra Nevada and implications for forest change. Ecosphere, 6 7: 121.1-121.10. doi:10.1890/ES15-00003.1

  • Rap, A., Spracklen, D. V., Mercado, L., Reddington, C. L., Haywood, J. M., Ellis, R. J., Phillips, O. L., Artaxo, P., Bonal, D., Restrepo Coupe, N. and Butt, N. (2015) Fires increase Amazon forest productivity through increases in diffuse radiation. Geophysical Research Letters, 42 11: 4654-4662. doi:10.1002/2015GL063719

  • Evans, Matthew R., Moustakas, Aristides, Carey, Gregory, Malhi, Yadvinder, Butt, Nathalie, Benham, Sue, Pallett, Denise and Schäfer, Stefanie (2015) Allometry and growth of eight tree taxa in United Kingdom woodlands. Scientific Data, 2 . doi:10.1038/sdata.2015.6

  • Butt, Nathalie, Epps, Kimberly, Overman, Han, Iwamura, Takuya and Fragoso, Jose M. V. (2015) Assessing carbon stocks using indigenous peoples' field measurements in Amazonian Guyana. Forest Ecology and Management, 338 191-199. doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2014.11.014

  • Anderson-Teixeira, Kristina J., Davies, Stuart J., Bennett, Amy C., Gonzalez-Akre, Erika B., Muller-Landau, Helene C., Wright, S. Joseph, Abu Salim, Kamariah, Almeyda Zambrano, Angelica M., Alonso, Alfonso, Baltzer, Jennifer L., Basset, Yves, Bourg, Norman A., Broadbent, Eben N., Brockelman, Warren Y., Bunyavejchewin, Sarayudh, Burslem, David F. R. P., Butt, Nathalie, Cao, Min, Cardenas, Dairon, Chuyong, George B., Clay, Keith, Cordell, Susan, Dattaraja, Handanakere S., Deng, Xiaobao, Detto, Matteo, Du, Xiaojun, Duque, Alvaro, Erikson, David L., Ewango, Corneille E. N., Fischer, Gunter A., Fletcher, Christine, Foster, Robin B., Giardina, Christian P., Gilbert, Gregory S., Gunatilleke, Nimal, Gunatilleke, Savitri, Hao, Zhanqing, Hargrove, William W., Hart, Terese B., Hau, Billy C. H., He, Fangliang, Hoffman, Forrest M., Howe, Robert W., Hubbell, Stephen P., Inman-Narahari, Faith M., Jansen, Patrick A., Jiang, Mingxi, Johnson, Daniel J., Kanzaki, Mamoru, Kassim, Abdul Rahman, Kenfack, David, Kibet, Staline, Kinnaird, Margaret F., Korte, Lisa, Kral, Kamil, Kumar, Jitendra, Larson, Andrew J., Li, Yide, Li, Xiankun, Liu, Shirong, Lum, Shawn K. Y., Lutz, James A., Ma, Keping, Maddalena, Damian M., Makana, Jean-Remy, Malhi, Yadvinder, Marthews, Toby, Mat Serudin, Rafizah, McMahon, Sean M., McShea, William J., Memiaghe, Herve R., Mi, Xiangchen, Mizuno, Takashi, Morecroft, Michael, Myers, Jonathan A., Novotny, Vojtech, de Oliveira, Alexandre A., Ong, Perry S., Orwig, David A., Ostertag, Rebecca, den Ouden, Jan, Parker, Geoffrey G., Phillips, Richard P., Sack, Lawren, Sainge, Moses N., Sang, Weiguo, Sri-ngernyuang, Kriangsak, Sukumar, Raman, Sun, I-Fang, Sungpalee, Witchaphart, Suresh, Hebbalalu Sathyanarayana, Tan, Sylvester, Thomas, Sean C., Thomas, Duncan W., Thompson, Jill, Turner, Benjamin L., Uriarte, Maria, Valencia, Renato, Vallejo, Marta I., Vicentini, Alberto, Vrska, Tomas, Wang, Xihua, Wang, Xugao, Weiblen, George, Wolf, Amy, Xu, Han, Yap, Sandra and Zimmerman, Jess (2015) CTFS-ForestGEO: A worldwide network monitoring forests in an era of global change. Global Change Biology, 21 2: 528-549. doi:10.1111/gcb.12712

  • Watson, James, Butt, Nathalie and Iwamura, Takuya (2015) Ser “climáticamente inteligente” significa mirar hacia el futuro y hacia el pasado: Conservación eficiente en tiempos de cambio climático. Decision Point en Español, E01: 8-9.

  • Butt, Nathalie, Seabrook, Leonie, Maron, Martine, Law, Bradley S., Dawson, Terence P., Sytkus, Jozef and McAlpine, Clive A. (2015) Cascading effects of climate extremes on vertebrate fauna through changes to low‐latitude tree flowering and fruiting phenology. Global Change Biology, 21 9: 3267-3277. doi:10.1111/gcb.12869

  • McMahon, Sean M., Bebber, Daniel P., Butt, Nathalie, Crockatt, Martha, Kirby, Keith, Parker, Geoffrey G., Riutta, Terhi and Slade, Eleanor M. (2015) Ground based LiDAR demonstrates the legacy of management history to canopy structure and composition across a fragmented temperate woodland. Forest Ecology and Management, 335 255-260. doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2014.08.039

  • Rejou-Mechain, M., Muller-Landau, H. C., Detto, M., Thomas, S. C., Le Toan, T., Saatchi, S. S., Barreto-Silva, J. S., Bourg, N. A., Bunyavejchewin, S., Butt, N., Brockelman, W. Y., Cao, M., Cardenas, D., Chiang, J.-M., Chuyong, G. B., Clay, K., Condit, R., Dattaraja, H. S., Davies, S. J., Duque, A., Esufali, S., Ewango, C., Fernando, R. H. S., Fletcher, C. D., N. Gunatilleke, I. A. U., Hao, Z., Harms, K. E., Hart, T. B., Herault, B., Howe, R. W., Hubbell, S. P., Johnson, D. J., Kenfack, D., Larson, A. J., Lin, L., Lin, Y., Lutz, J. A., Makana, J.-R., Malhi, Y., Marthews, T. R., Mcewan, R. W., Mcmahon, S. M., McShea, W. J., Muscarella, R., Nathalang, A., Noor, N. S. M., Nytch, C. J., Oliveira, A. A., Phillips, R. P., Pongpattananurak, N., Punchi-Manage, R., Salim, R., Schurman, J., Sukumar, R., Suresh, H. S., Suwanvecho, U., Thomas, D. W., Thompson, J., Uriarte, M., Valencia, R., Vicentini, A., Wolf, A. T., Yap, S., Yuan, Z., Zartman, C. E., Zimmerman, J. K. and Chave, J. (2014) Local spatial structure of forest biomass and its consequences for remote sensing of carbon stocks. Biogeosciences, 11 23: 6827-6840. doi:10.5194/bg-11-6827-2014

  • Butt, N., Bebber, D. P., Riutta, T., Crockatt, M., Morecroft, M. D. and Malhi, Y. (2014) Relationships between tree growth and weather extremes: spatial and interspecific comparisons in a temperate broadleaf forest. Forest Ecology and Management, 334 209-216. doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2014.09.006

  • Tallis, Heather, Lubchenco, Jane, Adams-Hosking, Christine, Kark, Salit, Beger, Maria, Butt, Nathalie, Di Fonzo, Martina M. I., Giakoumi, Sylvaine, Guerrero, Angela M., Maggini, Ramona, Martin, Tara G., Mills, Morena, Renwick, Anna, Polsenberg, Johanna, Shanahan, Danielle F., Wilson, Kerrie A., Carwardine, Josie, Corrigan, Colleen, Watson, James and Klein, Carissa (2014) A call for inclusive conservation. Nature, 515 7525: 27-28. doi:10.1038/515027a

  • Butt, Nathalie, Malhi, Yadvinder, New, Mark, Macia, Manuel J., Lewis, Simon L., Lopez-Gonzalez, Gabriela, Laurance, William F., Laurance, Susan, Luizao, Regina, Andrade, Ana, Baker, Timothy R., Almeida, Samuel and Phillips, Oliver L. (2014) Shifting dynamics of climate-functional groups in old-growth Amazonian forests. Plant Ecology and Diversity, 7 1-2: 267-279. doi:10.1080/17550874.2012.715210

  • Watson, James, Butt, Nathalie and Iwamura, Takuya (2013) Being climate smart means looking forward and backward: cost-effective conservation in a time of climate change. Decision Point, 75: 7-7.

  • Watson, James, Butt, Nathalie and Iwamura, Takuya (2013, October 02). Adapt or die: where in the world should we start on cost-effective conservation. , .

  • Butt, N., Beyer, H. L., Bennett, J. R., Biggs, D., Maggini, R., Mills, M., Renwick, A. R., Seabrook, L. M. and Possingham, H. P. (2013) Biodiversity Risks from Fossil Fuel Extraction. Science, 342 6157: 425-426. doi:10.1126/science.1237261

  • Watson, James E. M., Iwamura, Takuya and Butt, Nathalie (2013) Mapping vulnerability and conservation adaptation strategies under climate change. Nature Climate Change, Advance online publication 1-6. doi:10.1038/nclimate2007

  • Chisholm, Ryan A., Muller-Landau, Helene C., Abdul Rahman, Kassim, Bebber, Daniel P., Bin, Yue, Bohlman, Stephanie A., Bourg, Norman A., Brinks, Joshua, Bunyavejchewin, Sarayudh, Butt, Nathalie, Cao, Honglin, Cao, Min, Cardenas, Dairon, Chang, Li-Wan, Chiang, Jyh-Min, Chuyong, George, Condit, Richard, Dattaraja, Handanakere S., Davies, Stuart, Duque, Alvaro, Fletcher, Christine, Gunatilleke, Nimal, Gunatilleke, Savitri, Hao, Zhanqing, Harrison, Rhett D., Howe, Robert, Hsieh, Chang-Fu, Hubbell, Stephen P., Itoh, Akira, Kenfack, David, Kiratiprayoon, Somboon, Larson, Andrew J., Lian, Juyu, Lin, Dunmei, Liu, Haifeng, Lutz, James A., Ma, Keping, Malhi, Yadvinder, McMahon, Sean, McShea, William, Meegaskumbura, Madhava, Razman, Salim Mohd, Morecroft, Michael D., Nytch, Christopher J., Oliveira, Alexandre, Parker, Geoffrey G., Pulla, Sandeep, Punchi-Manage, Ruwan, Romero-Saltos, Hugo, Sang, Weiguo, Schurman, Jon, Su, Sheng-Hsin, Sukumar, Raman, Sun, I-Fang, Suresh, Hebbalalu S., Tan, Sylvester, Thomas, Duncan, Thomas, Sean, Thompson, Jill, Valencia, Renato, Wolf, Amy, Yap, Sandra, Ye, Wanhui, Yuan, Zuoqiang and Zimmerman, Jess K. (2013) Scale-dependent relationships between tree species richness and ecosystem function in forests. Journal of Ecology, 101 5: 1214-1224. doi:10.1111/1365-2745.12132

  • Butt, Nathalie, Slade, Eleanor, Thompson, Jill, Malhi, Yadvinder and Riutta, Terhi (2013) Quantifying the sampling error in tree census measurements by volunteers and its effect on carbon stock estimates. Ecological Applications, 23 4: 936-943. doi:10.1890/11-2059.1

  • Butt, Nathalie, Pollock, Laura J. and McAlpine, Clive A. (2013) Eucalypts face increasing climate stress. Ecology and Evolution, 3 15: 5011-5022. doi:10.1002/ece3.873

  • Butt, Nathalie, De Oliveira, Paula Afonso and Costa, Marcos Heil (2011) Evidence that deforestation affects the onset of the rainy season in Rondonia, Brazil. Journal of Geophysical Research, 116 11: . doi:10.1029/2010JD015174

  • Butt, Nathalie, New, Mark, Malhi, Yadvinder, da Costa, Antonio Carlos Lôla, Oliveira, Paulo and Silva-Espejo, Javier Eduardo (2010) Diffuse radiation and cloud fraction relationships in two contrasting Amazonian rainforest sites. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 150 3: 361-368. doi:10.1016/j.agrformet.2009.12.004

  • Malhado, A. C. M., Whittaker, R. J., Malhi, Y., Ladle, R. J., ter Steege, H., Butt, N., Aragao, L. E. O. C., Quesada, C. A., Murakami-Araujo, A., Phillips, O. L., Peacock, J., Lopez-Gonzalez, G., Baker, T. R., Anderson, L. O., Arroyo, L., Almeida, S., Higuchi, N., Killeen, T. J., Monteagudo, A., Neill, D. A., Pitman, N. C. A., Prieto, A., Salomao, R. P., Vasquez-M, R., Laurance, W. F. and Ramirez A, H. (2009) Spatial distribution and functional significance of leaf lamina shape in Amazonian forest trees. Biogeosciences, 6 8: 1577-1590.

  • Butt, Nathalie, New, Mark, Lizcano, Gil and Malhi, Yadvinder (2009) Spatial patterns and recent trends in cloud fraction and cloud-related diffuse radiation in Amazonia. Journal of Geophysical Research D: Atmospheres, 114 D21: . doi:10.1029/2009JD012217

  • Malhado, A. C. M., Malhi, Y., Whittaker, R. J., Ladle, R. J., ter Steege, H., Phillips, O. L., Butt, N., Aragao, L. E. O. C., Quesada, C. A., Araujo-Murakami, A., Arroyo, L., Peacock, J., Lopez-Gonzalez, G., Baker, T. R., Anderson, L. O., Almeida, S., Higuchi, N., Killeen, T. J., Monteagudo, A., Neill, D., Pitman, N., Prieto, A., Salomao, R. P., Vasquez-Martinez, R. and Laurance, W. F. (2009) Spatial trends in leaf size of Amazonian rainforest trees. Biogeosciences, 6 8: 1563-1576.

  • Butt, Nathalie, Malhi, Yadvinder, Phillips, Oliver and New, Mark (2008) Floristic and functional affiliations of woody plants with climate in western Amazonia. Journal of Biogeography, 35 5: 939-950. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2699.2007.01878.x

  • del Barrio, G., Harrison, P. A., Berry, P. M., Butt, N., Sanjuan, M. E., Pearson, R. G. and Dawson, T. (2006) Integrating multiple modelling approaches to predict the potential impacts of climate change on species' distributions in contrasting regions: comparison and implications for policy. Environmental Science and Policy, 9 2: 129-147. doi:10.1016/j.envsci.2005.11.005

  • Harrison, P. A., Berry, P. M., Butt, N. and New, M. (2006) Modelling climate change impacts on species' distributions at the European scale: implications for conservation policy. Environmental Science and Policy, 9 2: 116-128. doi:10.1016/j.envsci.2005.11.003

  • Berry, Pam M., Dawson, Terry P., Harrison. Paula A., Pearson, Richard and Butt, Nathalie (2003) The sensitivity and vulnerability of terrestrial habitats and species in Britain and Ireland to climate change.. Journal for Nature Conservation, . doi:10.1078/1617-1381-00030

  • Dawson, Terence P., Butt, Natalie and Miller, Florence (2001) The ecology of forest fires. ASEAN Biodiversity: The Newsmagazine of the ASEAN Regional Centre for Biodiversity Conservation, 1 3: 18-21.

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