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PhD (Entomology), Pretoria University (1995) Postdoctotal Fellowship, Sheffield University (1996); Lecturer, University of Pretoria (1997-2000); Senior Lecturer - Professor, Stellenbosch University (2001-2008); Core Team Member, DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Invasion Biology (2004-2012); Head, Cape Research Centre, South African National Parks (2008-2012); Larkins Fellow (2012-2014) and currently Professor in Biological Sciences at Monash University.

My main research programmes to date include (i) spatial ecology and the value of occupancy data in ecology (ongoing); (ii) the impact of climate change on sub-Antarctic biodiversity; (iii) the development of bioindication systems, including those for monitoring the success of biodiversity policy implementation (ongoing); and (iv) the consequences of global change for protected areas and their performance. My current research integrates the use of theoretical and spatial ecology with the modelling of species occupancy and abundance distributions into approaches for monitoring biodiversity and biodiversity policy, often using invasive alien species as a model problem. This research falls within the emerging field of Conservation Scaling, i.e. creating explicit linkages between high level policy and local conservation action by ensuring matching of ecological, management, monitoring and policy scales (McGeoch et al. 20062010Butchart et al. 2010).


  • Spatial ecology
  • bioindication
  • environmental change
  • biological invasions
  • protected areas
  • biodiversity

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Projects 2013 2021

Research Output 1994 2018

Data Descriptor: Introducing the Global Register of Introduced and Invasive Species

Pagad, S., Genovesi, P., Carnevali, L., Schigel, D. & McGeoch, M. A., 23 Jan 2018, In : Scientific Data. 5, 12 p., 170102.

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High-productivity vegetation is important for lessening bird declines during prolonged drought

Selwood, K. E., McGeoch, M. A., Clarke, R. H. & Mac Nally, R., 1 Mar 2018, In : Journal of Applied Ecology. 55, 2, p. 641-650 10 p.

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Antarctica and the strategic plan for biodiversity

Chown, S. L., Brooks, C. M., Terauds, A., Le Bohec, C., van Klaveren-Impagliazzo, C., Whittington, J. D., Butchart, S. H. M., Coetzee, B. W. T., Collen, B., Convey, P., Gaston, K. J., Gilbert, N., Gill, M., Höft, R., Johnston, S., Kennicutt, M. C., Kriesell, H. J., Le Maho, Y., Lynch, H. J., Palomares, M. & 3 othersPuig-Marcó, R., Stoett, P. & McGeoch, M. A., 28 Mar 2017, In : PLoS Biology. 15, 3, 10 p., e2001656.

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A vision for global monitoring of biological invasions

Latombe, G., Pysek, P., Jeschke, J. M., Blackburn, T. M., Bacher, S., Capinha, C., Costello, M. J., Fernández, M., Gregory, R. D., Hobern, D., Hui, C., Jetz, W., Kumschick, S., McGrannachan, C., Pergl, J., Roy, H. E., Scalera, R., Squires, Z., Wilson, J. R. U., Winter, M. & 2 othersGenovesi, P. & McGeoch, M. A., 2017, In : Biological Conservation. 213, Part B, p. 295-308 14 p.

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Barriers to globally invasive species are weakening across the Antarctic

Duffy, G. A., Coetzee, B. W. T., Latombe, G., Akerman, A. H., McGeoch, M. A. & Chown, S. L., 1 Sep 2017, In : Diversity and Distributions. 23, 9, p. 982-996 15 p.

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