Impacts of Climate and Landscape Change

We are interested in how landscape and climate change drivers determine species’ distributions, the structure of ecological communities and ecosystem service provision. We work at a range of scales from fine scale analyses in urban neighbourhoods to broad-scale global patterns and processes. The approach we take to this is to combine empirical data with state-of-the-art statistical and processes based models to develop understanding of impacts and predictive models to assess impacts.

Current Projects
  • Conserving and recovering the koala populations on NSW Far North Coast

  • Linking Landscape Structure to Ecosystem Services sDiv working group (see more here)

  • Linking Landscape Structure to Ecosystem Services UQ-FAPESP working group 

  • Alannah Filer is looking at using acoustics and distribution mapping to better visualize and describe interspecific species interactions between 'acid frogs' which inhabit acidic wallum wetland areas along the east coast of Australia. These frogs are highly threatened by land use changes that can alter the water chemistry of their specialized habitat.  

  • Matthew McKinney is working on modeling invasive species distributions in Australia.

  • Tatiana Proboste is exploring tools to investigate the role of wildlife in disease transmission in urbanised environments.

  • Marie Dade is using spatial data analyses to understand how the supplies of multiple ecosystem services interact with each other, and how they will change under different policy and environmental shifts.

  • Felipe Suarez Castro is working on a predictive model to quantify the effects of landscape structure on the relationship between species diversity and functional diversity.

Selected publications


Carretero-Pinzon, X, T. R. Defler, C. A. McAlpine, and J. R. Rhodes. 2017. The influence of landscape relative to site and patch variables on primate distributions in the Colombian Llanos. Landscape Ecology 32:883-896.

Cattarino, L., C. M. McAlpine, and J. R. Rhodes. 2016. Spatial scale and movement behaviour traits control the impacts of habitat fragmentation on individual fitness. Journal of Animal Ecology 85:168-177.

Dudaniec, R. Y., J. Worthington Wilmer, J. O. Hanson, M. Warren, S. Bell, and J. R. Rhodes. 2016. Dealing with uncertainty in landscape genetic resistance models: a case of three co-occurring marsupials. Molecular Ecology 25:470-486.

Mitchell, M. G. E., A. F. Suarez Castro, M. Martinez-Harms, M. Maron, C. A. McAlpine, K. J. Gaston, K. Johansen, and J. R. Rhodes. 2015. Reframing landscape fragmentation’s effects on ecosystem services. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 30:190-198.

Mantyka-Pringle, C. S., T. G. Martin, and J. R. Rhodes. 2012. Interactions between climate and habitat loss effects on biodiversity: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Global Change Biology 18:1239-1252.