Chris completed a BSc in Ecology and Biodiversity at Victoria University of Wellington, and achieved First Class Honours at Monash University. He completed his PhD at Monash University in early 2018.
His PhD research investigated the consequences of multispecies invasion for understorey plant communities in a dry forest ecosystem. It used a largely trait-based approach to look at how multispecies invasion impacts the phylogenetic and functional structure of communities, as well as the ecosystem functioning of those same communities.
Chris has worked as a research assistant in New Zealand on projects involving parasitism of New Zealand ant species and exploitative competition between Argentine ants and native New Zealand ant species. His current research role within the McGeoch lab involves the reporting of global trends in pathway introductions of alien species, and the impact assessment of invasive alien insects.
Chris’ 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 an ecological science role. He also has an interest in streamlining and consolidating information on invasive species introductions.
PhD thesis title: Diversity and ecosystem consequences of multispecies invasion in a dry forest plant community.
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