Chris McGrannachan

Chris McGrannacahanPHD Candidate

Chris completed a BSc in Ecology and Biodiversity at Victoria University of Wellington, and achieved First Class Honours at Monash University.

He has worked as a research assistant both in New Zealand and Australia on projects involving parasitism of New Zealand ant species, exploitative competition between Argentine ants and native New Zealand ant species, and the compilation of a global invasive species database. Chris’ current PhD research involves quantifying the impacts of changes in functional traits of plants as a result of multispecies invasion.

More specifically, it looks at differences in plant community trait structure within dry forest ecosystems, its relation to community composition, and how different intensities of multispecies invasion add to turnover in functional traits. His interest in science – particularly invasion biology – stems from a concern about the anthropogenic impacts on biodiversity, and being involved in research that helps to better understand these impacts is a benefit of working in a biological science role.

Project title: Functional trait turnover in native plant communities as a consequence of multispecies invasion.

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