Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Fiona Thomson

Fiona Thomson
Position: Research Associate
Team: Ecosystems & Conservation
Location: Lincoln
P.O. Box 69040
Lincoln 7640

Research Interests

Research Interests


Thomson FJ,  Auld TD, Ramp D, Kingsford RT (2016) A Switch in Keystone Seed-Dispersing Ant Genera between Two Elevations for a Myrmecochorous Plant, Acacia terminalis. PLoS ONE 11:6, e0157632

Tindall ML, Thomson FJ, Laffan SW, Moles AT (2016) Is there a latitudinal gradient in the proportion of species with spinescence? Journal of Plant Ecology, rtw031 doi: 10.1093/jpe/rtw031

Wiser SK, Thomson FJ, De Cáceres M (2016) Expanding an existing classification of New Zealand vegetation to include non-forested vegetation. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 40:1 1-19

Flores-Moreno H, Thomson FJ, Warton DI, Moles AT (2013) Are Introduced Species Better Dispersers Than Native Species? A Global Comparative Study of Seed Dispersal Distance. PloS ONE 8:6, e68541

 Mason NWH, Wiser SK, Richardson SJ, Thorsen MJ, Holdaway RJ, Dray S, Thomson FJ, Carswell FE (2013) Functional Traits Reveal Processes Driving Natural Afforestation at Large Spatial Scales. PloS one 8 (9), e75219

Rollins LA, Moles AT, Lam S, Buitenwerf R, Buswell JM, Brandenburger C, Flores-Moreno H, Nielsen B, Couchman E, Brown GS, Thomson FJ, Frankham R, Sherwin WB (2013). High genetic diversity is not essential for successful introduction. Ecology and Evolution 3: 4501-4517 DOI: 10.1002/ece3.824

 Moles AT, Flores-Moreno H, Bonser SP, Warton DI, Helm A, Warman L, Eldridge DJ, Jurado E, Hemmings FA, Reich PB, Cavender-Bares J, Seabloom EW, Mayfield MM, Sheil D, Djietror JC, Peri PL, Enrico L, Cabido MR, Setterfield SA, Lehmann CER, Thomson FJ (2012) Invasions: the trail behind, the path ahead, and a test of a disturbing idea. Journal of Ecology 100: 116-127

Thomson FJ, Moles AT, Auld TD, Kingsford RT (2011) Seed dispersal distance is more strongly correlated with plant height than with seed mass. Journal of Ecology, 99:6, 1299–1307

Thomson FJ, Moles AT, Auld TD, Ramp D, Ren S, Kingsford RT (2010) Chasing the unknown: predicting seed dispersal mechanisms from plant traits. Journal of Ecology, 98:6, 1310–1318


Thomson FJ. 2015. Bay of Plenty Regional Natural Environment Regional Monitoring Network (NERMN): Forest and scrub sampling strategy. Landcare Research Contract Report LC2200. 42p.

Richardson SJ, Thomson FJ, Wood JR, Bellingham PJ 2013 Utility of a permanent plot network to detect change in the ecological integrity of forests in the Manawahe Ecological Corridor, Bay of Plenty. Landcare Research Contract Report LC1623. 18 p.

MacLeod CJ, Gormley AM, Thomson FJ, Bellingham PJ. 2012. Designing a biodiversity monitoring and reporting system for Greater Wellington Regional Council. Landcare Research Contract Report LC1190. 55 p.




  • Plant Biology
  • Plant Community Ecology
  • Plant Ecology
  • Plant Ecology and Management
  • Ecological Research
  • Ecological Systems
  • Ecology
  • Dispersal Ecology
  • Plant traits
  • Seed Ecology