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Miller J; Laffan S; Skidmore A; Franklin J, 2020, 'Modeling movement, distributions, diversity, and disturbance: introduction to the fifth special issue on spatial ecology', International Journal of Geographical Information Science, vol. 34, pp. 1503 - 1507, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13658816.2020.1725017

Mishler BD; Guralnick R; Soltis PS; Smith SA; Soltis DE; Barve N; Allen JM; Laffan SW, 2020, 'Spatial phylogenetics of the North American flora', Journal of Systematics and Evolution, vol. 58, pp. 393 - 405, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jse.12590

Bein B; Ebach MC; Laffan SW; Murphy DJ; Cassis G, 2020, 'Quantifying vertebrate zoogeographical regions of Australia using geospatial turnover in the species composition of mammals, birds, reptiles and terrestrial amphibians', Zootaxa, vol. 4802, pp. 61 - 81, http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4802.1.4

Moles AT; Laffan SW; Keighery M; Dalrymple RL; Tindall ML; Chen SC, 2020, 'A hairy situation: Plant species in warm, sunny places are more likely to have pubescent leaves', Journal of Biogeography, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jbi.13870

Dalrymple RL; Kemp DJ; Flores-Moreno H; Laffan SW; White TE; Hemmings FA; Moles AT, 2020, 'Macroecological patterns in flower colour are shaped by both biotic and abiotic factors', New Phytologist, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/nph.16737

Murphy DJ; Ebach MC; Miller JT; Laffan SW; Cassis G; Ung V; Thornhill AH; Kerr N; Tursky ML, 2019, 'Do phytogeographic patterns reveal biomes or biotic regions?', Cladistics, vol. 35, pp. 654 - 670, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/cla.12381

Cairns K; Nesbitt B; Laffan S; Letnic M; Crowther M, 2019, 'Geographic hot spots of dingo genetic ancestry in southeastern Australia despite hybridisation with domestic dogs', Conservation Genetics, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10592-019-01230-z

Burley H; Beaumont LJ; Ossola A; Baumgartner JB; Gallagher R; Laffan S; Esperon-Rodriguez M; Manea A; Leishman MR, 2019, 'Substantial declines in urban tree habitat predicted under climate change', Science of the Total Environment, vol. 685, pp. 451 - 462, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.05.287

López-Aguirre C; Hand SJ; Laffan SW; Archer M, 2019, 'Zoogeographical regions and geospatial patterns of phylogenetic diversity and endemism of New World bats', Ecography, vol. 42, pp. 1188 - 1199, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecog.04194

Shelley JJ; Dempster T; Le Feuvre MC; Unmack PJ; Laffan SW; Swearer SE, 2019, 'A revision of the bioregionalisation of freshwater fish communities in the Australian Monsoonal Tropics', Ecology and Evolution, vol. 9, pp. 4568 - 4588, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ece3.5059

Duarte-Guardia S; Peri PL; Amelung W; Sheil D; Laffan SW; Borchard N; Bird MI; Dieleman W; Pepper DA; Zutta B; Jobbagy E; Silva LCR; Bonser SP; Berhongaray G; Piñeiro G; Martinez MJ; Cowie AL; Ladd B, 2019, 'Better estimates of soil carbon from geographical data: a revised global approach', Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, vol. 24, pp. 355 - 372, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11027-018-9815-y

Allen JM; Germain-Aubrey CC; Barve N; Neubig KM; Majure LC; Laffan SW; Mishler BD; Owens HL; Smith SA; Whitten WM; Abbott JR; Soltis DE; Guralnick R; Soltis PS, 2019, 'Spatial Phylogenetics of Florida Vascular Plants: The Effects of Calibration and Uncertainty on Diversity Estimates', iScience, vol. 11, pp. 57 - 70, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.isci.2018.12.002

Lu Y; Laffan S; Pettit C; Cao M, 2019, 'Land use change simulation and analysis using a vector cellular automata (CA) model: A case study of Ipswich City, Queensland, Australia', Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/2399808319830971

Lees B; Laffan S, 2019, 'The Lande of Java on the Jean Rotz Mappa Mundi', The Globe, vol. 85, pp. 1 - 12

Burley HM; Mokany K; Laffan SW; Williams KJ; Metcalfe D; Murphy HT; Ford A; Harwood TD; Ferrier S, 2018, 'Primary productivity is related to niche width in the Australian Wet Tropics', Global Ecology and Biogeography, vol. 27, pp. 1300 - 1313, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/geb.12798

Link-Pérez MA; Laffan SW, 2018, 'Fern and lycophyte diversity in the Pacific Northwest: Patterns and predictors', Journal of Systematics and Evolution, vol. 56, pp. 498 - 522, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jse.12430

Dalrymple RL; Flores-Moreno H; Kemp DJ; White TE; Laffan SW; Hemmings FA; Hitchcock TD; Moles AT, 2018, 'Abiotic and biotic predictors of macroecological patterns in bird and butterfly coloration', Ecological Monographs, vol. 88, pp. 204 - 224, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ecm.1287

Lopez-Aguirre C; Hand SJ; Laffan S; Archer M, 2018, 'Phylogenetic diversity, differential endemism and the evolutionary history of New World bats', Ecography, vol. 41, pp. 1955 - 1966, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecog.03260

Feit B; Gordon C; Webb J; Jessop T; Laffan S; Dempster T; Letnic MI, 2018, 'Invasive cane toads might initiate cascades of direct and indirect effects in a terrestrial ecosystem', Biological Invasions, pp. 1 - 15, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10530-018-1665-8

Guedes TB; Sawaya RJ; Zizka A; Laffan S; Faurby S; Pyron RA; Bérnils RS; Jansen M; Passos P; Prudente ALC; Cisneros-Heredia DF; Braz HB; Nogueira CDC; Antonelli A, 2018, 'Patterns, biases and prospects in the distribution and diversity of Neotropical snakes', Global Ecology and Biogeography, vol. 27, pp. 14 - 21, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/geb.12679

Tindall ML; Thomson FJ; Laffan SW; Moles AT, 2017, 'Is there a latitudinal gradient in the proportion of species with spinescence?', Journal of Plant Ecology, vol. 10, pp. 294 - 300, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jpe/rtw031

Di Virgilio G; Laffan SW; Nielsen SV; Chapple DG, 2017, 'Does range-restricted evolutionary history predict extinction risk? A case study in lizards', Journal of Biogeography, vol. 44, pp. 605 - 614, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jbi.12875

Kooyman RM; Laffan SW; Westoby M, 2017, 'The incidence of low phosphorus soils in Australia', Plant and Soil, vol. 412, pp. 143 - 150, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11104-016-3057-0

Taylor MD; Laffan SW; Fairfax AV; Payne NL, 2017, 'Finding their way in the world: Using acoustic telemetry to evaluate relative movement patterns of hatchery-reared fish in the period following release', Fisheries Research, vol. 186, pp. 538 - 543, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.fishres.2016.07.003

López-Aguirre C; Archer M; Hand SJ; Laffan SW, 2017, 'Extinction of South American sparassodontans (Metatheria): environmental fluctuations or complex ecological processes?', Palaeontology, vol. 60, pp. 91 - 115, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/pala.12272

Prentice E; Knerr N; Schmidt-Lebuhn AN; González-Orozco CE; Bui EN; Laffan S; Miller JT, 2017, 'Do soil and climate properties drive biogeography of the Australian proteaceae?', Plant and Soil, vol. 417, pp. 317 - 329, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11104-017-3261-6

Beaumont LJ; Graham E; Duursma DE; Wilson PD; Cabrelli A; Baumgartner JB; Hallgren W; Esperón-Rodríguez M; Nipperess DA; Warren DL; Laffan SW; VanDerWal J, 2016, 'Which species distribution models are more (or less) likely to project broad-scale, climate-induced shifts in species ranges?', Ecological Modelling, vol. 342, pp. 135 - 146, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2016.10.004

González-Orozco CE; Pollock LJ; Thornhill AH; Mishler BD; Knerr N; Laffan SW; Miller JT; Rosauer DF; Faith DP; Nipperess DA; Kujala H; Linke S; Butt N; Külheim C; Crisp MD; Gruber B, 2016, 'Phylogenetic approaches reveal biodiversity threats under climate change', Nature Climate Change, vol. 6, pp. 1110 - 1114, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nclimate3126

Thornhill AH; Mishler BD; Knerr NJ; González-Orozco CE; Costion CM; Crayn DM; Laffan SW; Miller JT, 2016, 'Continental-scale spatial phylogenetics of Australian angiosperms provides insights into ecology, evolution and conservation', Journal of Biogeography, vol. 43, pp. 2085 - 2098, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jbi.12797

Burley HM; Mokany K; Ferrier S; Laffan SW; Williams KJ; Harwood TD, 2016, 'Primary productivity is weakly related to floristic alpha and beta diversity across Australia', Global Ecology and Biogeography, vol. 25, pp. 1294 - 1307, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/geb.12487

Sheil D; Ladd B; Silva LCR; Laffan SW; Van Heist M, 2016, 'How are soil carbon and tropical biodiversity related?', Environmental Conservation, vol. 43, pp. 231 - 241, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0376892916000011

Stone OML; Herries AIR; Brink JS; Laffan SW, 2016, 'The chacma baboon (Papio ursinus) through time: a model of potential core habitat regions during a glacial–interglacial cycle', Evolutionary Ecology, vol. 30, pp. 755 - 782, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10682-016-9833-8

Laffan SW; Rosauer DF; Di Virgilio G; Miller JT; González-Orozco CE; Knerr N; Thornhill AH; Mishler BD, 2016, 'Range-weighted metrics of species and phylogenetic turnover can better resolve biogeographic transition zones', Methods in Ecology and Evolution, vol. 7, pp. 580 - 588, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/2041-210X.12513

Miller I; Forster BC; Laffan SW; Brander RW, 2016, 'Bidirectional reflectance of coral growth-forms', International Journal of Remote Sensing, vol. 37, pp. 1553 - 1567, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01431161.2016.1154220

Burley HM; Mokany K; Ferrier S; Laffan SW; Williams KJ; Harwood TD, 2016, 'Macroecological scale effects of biodiversity on ecosystem functions under environmental change', Ecology and Evolution, vol. 6, pp. 2579 - 2593, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ece3.2036

Hallgren W; Beaumont L; Bowness A; Chambers L; Graham E; Holewa H; Laffan S; Mackey B; Nix H; Price J; Vanderwal J; Warren R; Weis G, 2016, 'The Biodiversity and Climate Change Virtual Laboratory: Where ecology meets big data', Environmental Modelling and Software, vol. 76, pp. 182 - 186, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envsoft.2015.10.025

Laffan SW; Skidmore AK; Franklin J, 2016, 'Space, time, connectivity and conflict in biological landscapes: the fourth special issue on spatial ecology', International Journal of Geographical Information Science, vol. 30, pp. 1 - 4, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13658816.2015.1090001

Rossetto M; Kooyman R; Yap JYS; Laffan SW, 2015, 'From ratites to rats: The size of fleshy fruits shapes species’ distributions and continental rainforest assembly', Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, vol. 282, http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2015.1998

Stone O; laffan S; Curnoe D; Herries A, 2015, 'Potential human impact on the environmental central niche of the chacma baboon', South African Journal of Science, vol. 111, pp. 1 - 8, http://dx.doi.org/10.17159/sajs.2015/20140279

Laity T; Laffan SW; González-Orozco CE; Faith DP; Rosauer DF; Byrne M; Miller JT; Crayn D; Costion C; Moritz CC; Newport K, 2015, 'Phylodiversity to inform conservation policy: An Australian example', Science of the Total Environment, vol. 534, pp. 131 - 143, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.04.113

Stephenson RL; Power MJ; Laffan SW; Suthers IM, 2015, 'Tests of larval retention in a tidally energetic environment reveal the complexity of the spatial structure in herring populations', Fisheries Oceanography, vol. 24, pp. 553 - 570, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/fog.12129

Letnic MI; Laffan SW; Greenville AC; Russell BG; Mitchell B; Fleming PJS, 2015, 'Artificial watering points are focal points for activity by an invasive herbivore but not native herbivores in conservation reserves in arid Australia', Biodiversity and Conservation, vol. 24, pp. 1 - 16, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10531-014-0770-y

González-Orozco CE; Mishler BD; Miller JT; Laffan SW; Knerr N; Unmack P; Georges A; Thornhill AH; Rosauer DF; Gruber B, 2015, 'Assessing biodiversity and endemism using phylogenetic methods across multiple taxonomic groups', Ecology and Evolution, vol. 5, pp. 5177 - 5192, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ece3.1747

Dalrymple RL; Kemp DJ; Flores-Moreno H; Laffan SW; White TE; Hemmings FA; Tindall ML; Moles AT, 2015, 'Birds, butterflies and flowers in the tropics are not more colourful than those at higher latitudes', Global Ecology and Biogeography, vol. 24, pp. 1424 - 1432, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/geb.12368

Nagalingum NS; Knerr N; Laffan S; González-Orozco CE; Thornhill AH; Miller J; Mishler BD, 2015, 'Continental scale patterns and predictors of fern richness and phylogenetic diversity', Frontiers in Genetics, vol. 6, http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fgene.2015.00132

Mishler BD; Knerr N; González-Orozco CE; Thornhill AH; Laffan SW; Miller JT, 2014, 'Phylogenetic measures of biodiversity and neo-and paleo-endemism in Australian acacia', Nature Communications, vol. 5, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ncomms5473

González-Orozco CE; Ebach MC; Laffan S; Thornhill AH; Knerr NJ; Schmidt-Lebuhn AN; Cargill CC; Clements M; Nagalingum NS; Mishler BD; Miller JT, 2014, 'Quantifying phytogeographical regions of Australia using geospatial turnover in species composition', PLoS ONE, vol. 9, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0092558

Peco B; Laffan SW; Moles AT, 2014, 'Global patterns in post-dispersal seed removal by invertebrates and vertebrates', PLoS ONE, vol. 9, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0091256

Ladd B; Peri PL; Pepper DA; Silva LCR; Sheil D; Bonser SP; Laffan SW; Amelung W; Ekblad A; Eliasson P; Bahamonde H; Duarte-Guardia S; Bird M, 2014, 'Carbon isotopic signatures of soil organic matter correlate with leaf area index across woody biomes', Journal of Ecology, vol. 102, pp. 1606 - 1611, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1365-2745.12309

Watts LM; Laffan SW, 2014, 'Effectiveness of the BFAST algorithm for detecting vegetation response patterns in a semi-arid region', Remote Sensing of Environment, vol. 154, pp. 234 - 245, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2014.08.023


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