Past PhD Student
Changes in bird assemblage structure in central Victorian forests in response to an arid climate
Jo's research focuses on the interacting and additive effects of global change drivers, such as climate, human land use and species expansions. She has worked with a range of flora and fauna to improve understanding of the processes driving ecological systems and how human activities affect these. She is interested in teasing apart the relative importance of direct (land-use change), indirect (climate change) and derived (altered species interactions) factors on distributions as core components of modern spatial ecology.
Jo's current research directions link theoretical and empirical approaches to ecology, to predict how ecological systems will respond to the major anthropogenic impacts affecting many ecological systems. Jo is now based at the German Centre for Innovative Biodiversity Research in Leipzig, Germany.
Bennett, J.M., Nimmo D.G., Clarke, R.H., Thomson, J.R., Mac Nally, R. & Bennett, A.F. (2014) Species resistance v resilience: The prospects of avifauna to increasingly turbulent climate futures? Diversity and Distributions. DOI: 10.1111/dd
Bennett, J.M., Clarke, R.H., Thomson, J.R. & Mac Nally, R. (2014) Fragmentation, vegetation change and irruptive competitors affect recruitment of woodland birds. Ecography. DOI: 10.1111/ecog.
Bennett, J.M., Clarke, R.H., Thomson, J.R. & Mac Nally, R. (2014) Variation in abundances of nectarivorous birds: Is flowering the only determinant? Journal of Animal Ecology. DOI: 10.1111/1365-
Bennett, J.M., Cunningham, S.C., Connelly, C.A., Clarke, R.H., Thomson, J.R. & Mac Nally, R. (2013) The interaction between a drying climate and land use affects forest structure and above-ground carbon storage. Global Ecology and Biogeography (22) 1238–1247.