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Biography

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).

Research area keywords

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

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Projects 2013 2020

Research Output 1994 2019

Assessing the association between pathways of alien plant invaders and their impacts in protected areas

Foxcroft, L. C., Spear, D., van Wilgen, N. J. & McGeoch, M. A., 1 Jan 2019, In : NeoBiota. 43, p. 1-25 25 p.

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Connecting data and expertise: A new alliance for biodiversity knowledge

Hobern, D., Baptiste, B., Copas, K., Guralnick, R., Hahn, A., van Huis, E., Kim, E. S., McGeoch, M., Naicker, I., Navarro, L., Noesgaard, D., Price, M., Rodrigues, A., Schigel, D., Sheffield, C. A. & Wieczorek, J., 1 Jan 2019, In : Biodiversity Data Journal. 7, 20 p., e33679.

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Conserving the abundance of nonthreatened species

Baker, D. J., Garnett, S. T., O'Connor, J., Ehmke, G., Clarke, R. H., Woinarski, J. C. Z. & McGeoch, M. A., 2019, In : Conservation Biology. 33, 2, p. 319-328 10 p.

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Essential biodiversity variables for mapping and monitoring species populations

Jetz, W., McGeoch, M. A., Guralnick, R., Ferrier, S., Beck, J., Costello, M. J., Fernandez, M., Geller, G. N., Keil, P., Merow, C., Meyer, C., Muller-Karger, F. E., Pereira, H. M., Regan, E. C., Schmeller, D. S. & Turak, E., 11 Mar 2019, In : Nature Ecology and Evolution. 3, APRIL 2019, p. 539-551 13 p.

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Finding the essential: Improving conservation monitoring across scales

Guerra, C. A., Pendleton, L., Drakou, E. G., Proença, V., Appeltans, W., Domingos, T., Geller, G., Giamberini, S., Gill, M., Hummel, H., Imperio, S., McGeoch, M., Provenzale, A., Serral, I., Stritih, A., Turak, E., Vihervaara, P., Ziemba, A. & Pereira, H. M., 1 Apr 2019, In : Global Ecology and Conservation. 18, 7 p., e00601.

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Prizes

Australian Ecology Research Award

Melodie McGeoch (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Faculty of Science Award for Research Impact

Melodie McGeoch (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2010 2017

  • 3 Membership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board

GEO BON (External organisation)

Melodie McGeoch (Member)
2017 → …

Activity: Industry, Government and Philanthropy Engagement and PartnershipsMembership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board

Atlas of Living Australia (External organisation)

Melodie McGeoch (Member)
2017 → …

Activity: Industry, Government and Philanthropy Engagement and PartnershipsMembership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board

IUCN SSC Invasive Species Specialist Group (External organisation)

Melodie McGeoch (Member)
2010 → …

Activity: Industry, Government and Philanthropy Engagement and PartnershipsMembership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board