Big Ecology Lab
People and Projects

Angela Moles
Professor in the School of BEES, UNSW
My main research projects are:
  • Quantifying global patterns in plant ecological strategy (e.g. the World Herbivory Project)
  • The advantages of clonal vs sexual reproduction
  • The ecology of invasive species
E-mail: A.moles [at]
My google scholar profile

Claire Brandenburger

PhD student (part time, from February 2012)

Topic: Rapid evolution in introduced species

E-mail: claire.brandenburger [at]

Chen Sichong
PhD student - started August 2012

Thesis topic: seed size and seed dispersal

E-mail: sichong.chen [at]
Rhiannon Dalrymple
PhD student, started July 2011

PhD: Patterns of flower colour diversity across communities

Honours thesis title: Does celibacy leave you stuck in the past? Determining whether morphological change is slower in asexual than sexual invasive plants.

Rhiannon's cosupervisor is Darrell Kemp (Macquarie)
E-mail: rhiannonlia [at]

Habacuc Flores Moreno
PhD student, started February 2010

Thesis title: Ecological mechanisms and evolutionary patterns in invasive species.

Habacuc's cosupervisor is Stephen Bonser (UNSW)
E-mail: habacucfm [at]

Tim Hitchcock
Honours student 2013

Thesis topic: global patterns in plant longevity

E-mail: timothy.hitchcock [at]
Floret Meredith
PhD student - started March 2013

Thesis topic: plant defences on islands


Tom Meredith
Honours student - starting March 2013

Thesis topic: Chemical defence on land and in the sea

E-mail: t.meredith [at]

Zhang Hongxiang

Visting Scholar 2013

Project topic: global patterns in clonality

E-mail: hongxiang.zhang [at]

Lab alumni

Karen Bartle
BSc(hons) completed 2010

Rapid evolution of dispersal ability in the invading species Senecio madagascariensis (Fireweed).

Karen's cosupervisor was Stephen Bonser (UNSW)
E-mail: karenbartle [at]

Karen is currently employed at AQIS

Ray Blick
PhD submitted July 2012

Disentangling an entangled bank: using network theory to understand interactions in plant communities
Ray's cosupervisor was Stephen Bonser (UNSW)
E-mail: rblick.ecol [at]

Ray is now a research officer/postdoc in the Centre for Mined Land Rehabilitation at the University of Queensland

Joanna Buswell
MSc completed 2009

Rapid evolution of exotic plants

Joanna's cosupervisor was Stephen Hartley (VUW)
E-mail: joanna.buswell [at]

Joanna is currently employed by the Ministry for the Environment in New Zealand

Paul Chachelle
BSc honours completed 2008

Comparing herbivory on land and in the sea

Paul's cosupervisor was Alistair Poore

Paul was doing a PhD in marsupial ecology at the University of Western Australia until an untimely death.
We miss you Paul.
Ellen Couchman
BSc honours completed 2010

Rapid morphological change in introduced starlings in Australia


Ellen is a
Graduate Advisor on Environmental Science for BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance. 
Floor Soudijn
MSc completed 2009

Offspring size/number tradeoffs in marine ecosystems

Floor was cosupervised by Emma Johnston (UNSW) and Dustin Marshall (UQ)
E-mail: soudijn [at]

Floor is currently doing a PhD in Theoretical Ecology with Andr de Roos at the University of Amsterdam. Her project focusses on the effect of size-structure on food web dynamics.

Marianne Tindall

Honours student - 2012.

Is there a latitudinal gradient in the proportion of species with spinescence?

e-mail: mariannetindall [at]

Fiona Thomson
PhD completed 2011

Investigating seed dispersal at local (Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, Australia) and larger scales

Fiona's joint supervisor was Richard Kingsford (UNSW), and her cosupervisor was Tony Auld (DECC)
E-mail: ThomsonF [at]

Fiona is currently employed as a postdoc at Landcare Research in New Zealand.

Laura Warman
PhD completed 2011

Two systems or one? Vegetation dynamics in Australia's Wet Tropics.

Laura's cosupervisor was Will Edwards (JCU)
E-mail: ajunglegirl [at]
Laura is currently employed as a postdoc at the Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry in Hilo, Hawaii, working on a project involving plant functional traits within novel 'hybrid' ecosystems.