Author Archives: Jane Catford

Fun Times at the BES Annual Meeting 2016

Originally posted on Journal of Ecology Blog:
The BES meeting 2016 in Liverpool is now over and what a great meeting it was. Don’t worry: if you could not make it this year, you can hear all about it in the new…

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PhD position available on invasive animals and plants – applications open!

Applications are now open for a fully funded PhD position at the University of Southampton, UK starting in the 2017/2018 academic year under the supervision Marc Rius and me. The project will examine the similarities and differences among species that are … Continue reading

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15 Forms of Invasiveness

Originally posted on Michael McCarthy's Research:
You might think they should be easy to identify – invasive species are seemingly everywhere we look, even carried inadvertently by people to the polar regions. And as one of the biggest threats…

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Want to restore wetland forests and do a PhD at the same time?

Then look no further! Chris Walsh, Joe Greet and I are looking for a PhD student to join us at The University of Melbourne on an ARC Linkage Project that aims to quantify the importance of flooding, seed availability, and competition for restoring a … Continue reading

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Moving to the University of Southampton

In July, I will be shifting my office some 17,107 km to the University of Southampton. I’ll be starting a lectureship (equivalent of Assistant Professor) in Community Ecology in the Centre for Biological Sciences where I’ll be part of the Environmental Biosciences research group. … Continue reading

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Weed or feed? New pasture plants intensify invasive species risk

To meet increasing demands for livestock production, agribusinesses around the world are breeding new varieties of pasture plants. Unfortunately, many of the plant characteristics promoted for use in pasture – higher growth rates, greater resistance to disease, higher tolerance of environmental … Continue reading

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How plant traits determine where native and alien species occur along rivers

Ever wondered why there are so many plant species – and so much weed invasion – along rivers? At first glance, one might attribute this to the lush conditions of riparian ecosystems: lots of nutrients + loads of water = … Continue reading

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