Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Angela Brandt

Angela Brandt
Position: Ecologist/Modeller/Capability Leader
Team: Ecosystems & Conservation
Location: Dunedin
Private Bag 1930
Dunedin 9054

Research Interests

Research Interests

I’m broadly interested in the processes that structure ecological communities and connecting basic theory of these processes to applied ecology. Plant community assembly has been a common theme throughout my ecological research career, including both observational and experimental approaches, integrating evolutionary and ecological processes, exploring both above- and belowground drivers of species coexistence, and relating functional traits to species interactions and community structure. Within this framework, I’ve explored invasion and restoration ecology, phylogenetic community ecology, plant-soil feedbacks, and species coexistence mediated by environmental heterogeneity.

My ongoing projects involve biological invasions, especially ecology and management of non-native plants in both urban and wild contexts; ecology of New Zealand bryophytes (mosses and liverworts), the oldest land plants; and farmland sustainability assessment, with particular attention to incorporating scientific evidence into land management, policy, and decision-making.

Qualifications

Qualifications

  • Oregon State
    PhD Zoology
    2011

Publications

Publications

  • Brandt A, MacLeod C, Collins K 2017. Help develop an online tool for on-farm biodiversity assessment. NZ Sustainability Dashboard Research Summary 17/12, ARGOS. Pp. 1. http://www.nzdashboard.org.nz/uploads/2/3/7/3/23730248/biodiversity_tool_-_invitation_to_participate.pdf (Pamphlet, 2017)
  • Brandt AJ, Lee WG, Tanentzap AJ, Hayman E, Fukami T, Anderson BJ 2017. Evolutionary priority effects persist in anthropogenically created habitats, but not through nonnative plant invasion. New Phytologist 215(2): 865-876. https://doi.org/10.1111/nph.14544 (Journal Article, 2017)
  • Brandt AJ, Tanentzap AJ, Leopold DR, Heenan PB, Fukami T, Lee WG 2016. Precipitation alters the strength of evolutionary priority effects in forest community assembly of pteridophytes and angiosperms. Journal of Ecology 104(6): 1673-1681. http://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2745.12640 (Journal Article, 2016)
  • Tanentzap AJ, Brandt AJ, Smissen RD, Heenan PB, Fukami T, Lee WG 2015. When do plant radiations influence community assembly? The importance of historical contingency in the race for niche space. New Phytologist 207(2): 468-479. http://doi.org/10.1111/nph.13362 (Journal Article, 2015)

Skills

Skills

  • Plant Community Ecology
  • Quantitative Ecology
  • Ecological Research
  • Forest and Grassland Ecology
  • Plant Ecology and Management