Our work focuses on the ecology of terrestrial arthropods and their interactions with plants. We are currently working on a diverse range of research questions related to both community ecology and landscape ecology.
Our projects ideally include an experimental component, feature arthropods as main the study taxa, and are situated in the terrestrial environment.
Over half the world’s population now live in urban areas, and about 80 per cent will by 2050, so understanding how urban ecosystems work is vital to our sustainability. Sydney’s remnant vegetation is an ideal model system to work in allowing us to examine the impacts of urbanisation and how we can manage what we still have as well as restore degraded systems. This work examines how we can best conserve biodiversity in urban ecosystems and how we can manage the challenges that come with rewilding the city, ultimately linking these to how nature can contribute to making future cities more liveable and resilient.
We use multi-species, multi-scale approaches to give us a leaf to landscape understanding of animal-plant interactions. We’re currently examining herbivory, pollination and seed dispersal by insects in a number of contexts, looking at everything from the mechanistic underpinnings of the relationships to how landscape disturbances change the integrity of these interactions.
From the School of Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Sydney:
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For information about opportunities to work or collaborate with the Social Insects lab, contact Associate Professor Dieter Hochuli on Research Supervisor Connect.