Here I just list some recent(-ish) papers. This page gets so terribly out of date. So better to head to my Google Scholar, or ResearchGate profiles. If you can’t access what you want, email me.

Functional traits and modelling

  1. Lim, F.K.S., Pollock, L.J. & Vesk, P.A.(2017) The role of plant functional traits in shrub distribution around alpine frost hollows. Journal of Vegetation Science. 28:585-594 Doi: 10.1111/jvs.12517
  2. Palma, E., Catford, J.A., Corlett, R.T., Duncan, R.P., Hahs, A.K., McCarthy, M.A., McDonnell, M.J., Thompson, K., Williams, N.S. & Vesk, P.A. (2017). Functional trait changes in the floras of 11 cities across the globe in response to urbanization. Ecography. 40: 875-886 DOI: 1111/ecog.02516
  3. Thomas, F.M., & Vesk, P.A.(2017). Are trait-growth models transferable? Predicting multi-species growth trajectories between ecosystems using plant functional traits. PloS one12(5), e0176959.
  4. Thomas, F.M., & Vesk, P.A.(2017). Growth races in The Mallee: Height growth in woody plants examined with a trait-based model. Austral Ecol. 42:790-800 DOI: 1111/aec.12501
  5. Sams MA, Lai HR, Bonser SP,Vesk, PA, Kooyman RM Metcalfe DJ, Morgan JW, Mayfield MA. (2017) Landscape context explains changes in the functional diversity of regenerating forests better than climate or species richness. Global Ecol Biogeogr26: 1165-1176.
  6. Palma, E., Catford, J.A., Corlett, R.T., Duncan, R.P., Hahs, A.K., McCarthy, M.A., McDonnell, M.J., Thompson, K., Williams, N.S. & Vesk, P.A. (2017). Functional trait changes in the floras of 11 cities across the globe in response to urbanization. Ecography. 40: 875-886 DOI: 1111/ecog.02516
  7. Pollock, L.J., Bayly, M.J., & Vesk, P.A.(2015) The roles of ecological and evolutionary processes in plant community assembly: the environment, hybridization, and introgression influence co-occurrence of Eucalyptus. American Naturalist, 185, 784-796. DOI: 10.1086/680983
  8. Williams, N.S.G., Hahs, A.K. & Vesk, P.A.(2015) Urbanisation, plant traits and the composition of urban floras. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics,17,78-86. DOI:10.1016/j.ppees.2014.10.002.
  9. Pollock, L.J., Tingley, R., Morris, W.K., Golding, N., O’Hara, R.B., Parris, K.M., Vesk, P.A. & McCarthy, M.A. (2014) Understanding co-occurrence by modelling species simultaneously with a Joint Species Distribution Model (JSDM). Methods in Ecology and Evolution,5, 397-406. DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.12180
  10. Pollock, L.J., Morris, W.K. & Vesk, P.A. (2012) The role of functional traits in species distributions revealed through a hierarchical model. Ecography, 35, 716-725.
  11. Mayfield, M.M., Bonser, S.P., Morgan, J.W., Aubin, I., McNamara, S. & Vesk, P.A. (2010) What does species richness tell us about functional trait diversity? Predictions and evidence for responses of species and functional trait diversity to land-use change. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 19: 423-431.

Vegetation dynamics

  1. Freeman, M. E., Vesk, P.A., Murphy, B. P., Cook, G. D., Richards, A. E., & Williams, R. J. (2017). Defining the fire trap: Extension of the persistence equilibrium model in mesic savannas. Austral Ecology. 42: 890-899 DOI: 1111/aec.12516
  2. Camac, J.S., Williams, R.J., Wahren, C.-H., Hoffmann, A.A. & Vesk, P.A.(2017) Climatic warming strengthens a positive feedback between alpine shrubs and fire. Glob Change Biol. 23:3249-3258. doi:10.1111/gcb.13614
  3. Fraser, I.P., Williams, R.J., Murphy, B.P., Camac, J.S., & Vesk, P.A.(2016) Fuels and landscape flammability in an Australian alpine environment. Austral Ecology, 41: 657–670. DOI:1111/aec.12355
  4. Camac, J.S., Williams, R.J., Wahren, C.-H., Jarrad, F., Hoffmann, A.A., Vesk, P.A.(2015) Modeling rates of life form cover change in burned and unburned alpine heathland subject to experimental warming. Oecologia, 178, 615-628. DOI: 10.1007/s00442-00015-03261-00442.
  5. Muir, A.M., Vesk, P.A.& Hepworth, G. (2014) Reproductive trajectories over decadal time-spans after fire for eight obligate-seeder shrub species in south-eastern Australia. Australian Journal of Botany,62, 369-378.DOI: 10.1071/BT14117.

Vegetation management, ecological restoration and monitoring.

  1. Read, C.F., Elith, J., Vesk, P.A.(2016) Testing a model of biological soil crust succession. Journal of Vegetation Science, 27, 176-186. DOI: 10.1111/jvs.12332
  2. Vesk, P.A., Morris, W.K., McCallum, W., Apted, R. and Miles, C., 2016. Processes of woodland eucalypt regeneration: lessons from the Bush Returns trial. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria, 128, 54-63.
  3. Read, C.F., Duncan, D.H., Vesk, P.A. & Elith, J. (2011) Surprisingly fast recovery of biological soil crusts following livestock removal in southern Australia. Journal of Vegetation Science, 22, 905-916.
  4. Rumpff, L., Duncan, D.H., Vesk, P.A., Keith, D.A. & Wintle, B.A. (2011) State-and-transition modelling for Adaptive Management of native woodlands. Biological Conservation, 144, 1224-1236.
  5. McAlpine C., Catterall, C.P., Mac Nally, R., Lindenmayer, D., Reid, J.L., Holl, K.D., Bennett, A.F., Runting, R.K., Wilson, K., Hobbs, R.J., Seabrook, L., Cunningham, S., Moilanen, A., Maron, M., Shoo, L., Lunt, I, Vesk, P.,Rumpff, L., Martin, T.G., Thomson, J., Possingham, H. (2016) Integrating plant- and animal-based perspectives for more effective restoration of biodiversity.  Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment14: 37–45, DOI:1002/16-0108.1
  6. Vesk, P.A., Robinson, D., van der Ree, R., Wilson, C.M., Saywell, S., McCarthy, M.A. (2015) Demographic effects of habitat restoration for the Grey-crowned babbler Pomatostomus temporalis, in Victoria, Australia. PLoS ONE, 10, e0130153. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0130153
  7. Jones, C.S., Duncan, D.H., Rumpff, L., Thomas, F.M., Morris, W.K., & Vesk, P.A.(2015) Empirically validating a dense woody regrowth ‘problem’ and thinning ‘solution’ for understory vegetation. Forest Ecology and Management340, 153-162. DOI:110.1016/j.foreco.2014.1012.1006.
  8. Read, C.F., Duncan, D.H., Vesk, P.A.& Elith, J. (2014) Biocrust morphogroups provide an effective and rapid assessment tool for drylands. Journal of Applied Ecology,51,1740-1749. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12336.
  9. Thomson J.R., Moilanen A.J., Vesk P.A., Bennett A.F. & Mac Nally R. (2009) Where and when to revegetate: A quantitative method for scheduling landscape reconstruction. Ecological Applications 19: 817-828.
  10. Dorrough, J., Vesk, P.A. & Moll, J. (2008) Integrating ecological uncertainty and farm-scale economics when planning restoration. Journal of Applied Ecology, 45: 288-295.

Information, learning and Bayesianism

  1. Morris W.K., Runge M.C., & Vesk P.A. (2017). The value of information for woodland management: updating a state–transition model. Ecosphere 8(11):e01998. 1002/ecs2.1998
  2. Duncan, D.H. & Vesk, P.A. (2013) Examining change over time in habitat attributes using Bayesian reinterpretation of categorical assessments. Ecological Applications,23, 1277-1287.
  3. Morris, W.K., Vesk, P.A. & McCarthy, M.A. (2013) Profiting from pilot studies: Analysing mortality using Bayesian models with informative priors. Basic and Applied Ecology, 14, 81-89.
  4. Garrard, G.E., McCarthy, M.A., Vesk, P.A., Radford, J.Q. & Bennett, A.F. (2012) A predictive model of avian natal dispersal distance provides prior information for investigating response to landscape change. Journal of Animal Ecology, 81, 14-23.
  5. Czembor, C.A., Morris, W.K., Wintle, B.A. & Vesk, P.A. (2011) Quantifying variance components in ecological models based on expert opinion. Journal of Applied Ecology, 48, 736-745.
  6. Szabo, J.K., Vesk, P.A., Baxter, P.W.J., & Possingham, H.P. (2010) Regional avian species declines estimated from volunteer-collected long-term data using List Length Analysis. Ecological Applications, 20: 2157-2169.
  7. McDonald-Madden, E., Probert, W.J.M., Hauser, C.E., Runge, M.C., Possingham, H.P., Jones, M.E., Moore, J.L., Rout, T.M., Vesk, P.A. & Wintle, B.A. (2010) Active adaptive conservation of threatened species in the face of uncertainty. Ecological Applications, 20: 1476-1489.

Invertebrates and plants, host dependence

  1. Plein M, Morris WK, Moir ML, Vesk PA(2017) Identifying species at coextinction risk when detection is imperfect: Model evaluation and case study. PLOS ONE 12(8): e0183351.
  2. Plein, M., Bode, M., Moir, M. L., & Vesk, P.A.(2016). Translocation strategies for multiple species depend on interspecific interaction type. Ecological Applications, 26, 1186-1197.
  3. Walker JG, Plein M, Morgan ER, Vesk PA. (2017) Uncertain links in host–parasite networks: lessons for parasite transmission in a multi-host system. Trans. R. Soc. B372: 20160095.
  4. Moir, M.L., Hughes, L., Vesk, P.A.& Leng, M.C. (2014) Which host-dependent insects are most prone to coextinction under changed climates? Ecology and Evolution. 4,1295-1312 DOI:1002/ece3.1021
  5. Moir, M.L., Vesk, P.A., Brennan, K.E.C., Hughes, L., Keith, D.A., McCarthy, M.A., Coates, D.J. & Barrett, S. (2012) A preliminary assessment of changes in plant-dwelling insects when threatened plants are translocated. Journal of Insect Conservation, 16, 367-377.
  6. Moir, M.L., Vesk, P.A., Brennan, K.E.C., Poulin, R., Hughes, L., Keith, D.A., McCarthy, M.A. & Coates, D.J. (2012) Considering extinction of dependent species during ex situ conservation and assisted migration of threatened hosts. Conservation Biology, 26, 199-207.
  7. Vesk, P.A., Moir, M.L. & McCarthy, M.A. (2010) How many hosts? Modelling host breadth from field samples. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 1: 292-299, 10.1111/j.2041-1210X.2010.00026.x.



  1. Catford, J.A., Baumgartner, J.B., Vesk, P.A.,White, M., Buckley, Y.M., & McCarthy, M.A. (2016). Disentangling the four demographic dimensions of species invasiveness. Journal of Ecology, 104, 1745-1758.
  2. Catford, J.A., Vesk, P.A., Richardson, D.M. & Pysek, P. (2012) Quantifying levels of biological invasion: towards the objective classification of invaded and invasible ecosystems. Global Change Biology, 18, 44-62.
  3. Catford, J.A., Downes, B.J., Gippel, C.J. & Vesk, P.A. (2011) Flow regulation reduces native plant cover and facilitates exotic invasion in riparian wetlands. Journal of Applied Ecology, 48, 432-442.
  4. Catford, J.A., Vesk, P.A., White, M.D. & Wintle, B.A. (2011) Hotspots of plant invasion predicted by propagule pressure and ecosystem characteristics. Diversity and Distributions, 17, 1099-1110.

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