David Keith

Professor David Keith

Professor of Botany

David's fields of research are vegetation dynamics, population and ecosystem modelling, and fire. 

david.keith@unsw.edu.au

Publications

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Rodríguez et al. 2015 A practical guide to the application of the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems criteria

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Keith et al. 2015 The IUCN red list of ecosystems: Motivations, challenges and applications

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Letten and Keith 2014 Phylogenetic and functional dissimilarity does not increase during temporal heathland succession

The compelling idea that closely related species should be less likely to coexist on account of their overlapping needs dates back to Darwin. It follows from Darwin's hypothesis that if species compete more intensely as communities mature, recently assembled communities (such as those emerging in the wake of a fire) will consist of closer relatives than older communities. Researchers from the Centre for Ecosystem Science tested this theory using a long-term dataset of community assembly in fire-prone heathland vegetation. Contrary to expectations, the relatedness of coexisting species tended to increase in the wake of fires, thus challenging this logical extention to one of ecology's oldest hypotheses.

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Keith et al. 2013 Scientific foundations for an IUCN Red List of ecosystems

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Keith et al. 2012 Functional traits: their roles in understanding and predicting biotic responses to fire regimes

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Moir et al. 2012 Considering extinction of dependent species during translocation, ex situ conservation, and assisted migration of threatened hosts

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Keith et al. 2012 Spatial analysis of risks posed by root rot pathogen, Phytophthora cinnamomi: implications for disease management

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Akçakaya et al. 2012 Commentary: IUCN classifications under uncertainty

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Nenzén et al. 2012 demoniche – an R-package for simulating spatially-explicit population dynamics

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Keith and Tozer 2012 The influence of fire, herbivores and rainfall on vegetation dynamics in the mallee: a long term experiment

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Campbell et al. 2012 Seed traits and seed bank longevity of wet sclerophyll forest shrubs

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Rodríguez et al. 2012 From Alaska to Patagonia: the IUCN Red List of the Continental Ecosystems of the Americas

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Keith and Tozer 2012 Vegetation dynamics in coastal heathlands of the Sydney Basin

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Enright et al. 2012 Fire ecology of Australian sclerophyllous shrubby ecosystems: heathlands, heathy woodlands and mallee woodlands

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Swab et al. 2012 Niche models tell half the story: spatial context and life-history traits influence species responses to global change

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Lindenmayer et al. 2012 Value of long-term ecological studies

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Fordham et al. 2012 Plant extinction risk under climate change: are forecast range shifts alone a good indicator of species vulnerability to global warming?

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Tozer and Keith 2012 Population dynamics of Xanthorrhoea resinosa Pers. over two decades: implications for fire management

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Maron et al. 2012 Faustian bargains? Restoration realities in the context of biodiversity offset policies

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Hayward and Keith 2012 The Scotia science symposium 2011

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Moir et al. 2012 A preliminary assessment of changes in plant-dwelling insects when threatened plants are translocated

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