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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).

Keywords

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

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Projects 2013 2021

Research Output 1994 2019

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.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review

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Impacts of recent climate change on terrestrial flora and fauna: Some emerging Australian examples

Hoffmann, A. A., Rymer, P. D., Byrne, M., Ruthrof, K. X., Whinam, J., McGeoch, M., Bergstrom, D. M., Guerin, G. R., Sparrow, B., Joseph, L., Hill, S. J., Andrew, N. R., Camac, J., Bell, N., Riegler, M., Gardner, J. L. & Williams, S. E., Feb 2019, In : Austral Ecology. 44, 1, 25 p.

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Multispecies plant invasion increases function but reduces variability across an understorey metacommunity

McGrannachan, C. & McGeoch, M. A., 15 Apr 2019, In : Biological Invasions. 21, 4, p. 1115-1129 15 p.

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Niche shift and resource supplementation facilitate an amphibian range expansion

Davies, S. J., Hill, M. P., McGeoch, M. A. & Clusella-Trullas, S., Jan 2019, In : Diversity and Distributions. 25, 1

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Research infrastructure challenges in preparing essential biodiversity variables data products for alien invasive species

Hardisty, A. R., Belbin, L., Hobern, D., McGeoch, M. A., Pirzl, R., Williams, K. J. & Kissling, W. D., 1 Feb 2019, In : Environmental Research Letters. 14, 2, 10 p., 025005.

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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

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

GEO BON (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