Associate Professor Todd Minchinton
PhD, University of Sydney, MSc, Dalhousie University
Lab: +61 2 4221 3675
Lab: +61 2 4221 4135
Office Phone: +61 2 4221 5188
- Associate Professor
- Population and community ecology of benthic invertebrates, insects, and plants in coastal terrestrial, marine, and estuarine habitats (rocky reefs, seagrass beds, mangroves, marshes, beaches, dunes, etc.)
- Importance of dispersal, habitat selection, and colonisation (i.e., recruitment) to the structure and dynamics of populations and communities
- Influence of natural and anthropogenic disturbance on recruitment, population dynamics, and species diversity
- Predicting how humans will destroy the planet and developing conservation strategies to avoid this
Minchinton, T.E. and M.D. Bertness (2003) Disturbance-mediated competition and the spread of Phragmites australis in a coastal marsh. Ecological Applications 13:1400–1416.
Raimondi, P.T., C.M Wilson, R.F. Ambrose, J.M. Engle and T.E. Minchinton (2002) Continued declines of black abalone along the coast of California: are mass mortalities related to El Niño events. Marine Ecology Progress Series 242:143–152.
Minchinton, T.E. (2002) Precipitation during El Niño correlates with increasing spread of Phragmites australis in New England, USA, coastal marshes. Marine Ecology Progress Series 242:305–309.
Minchinton, T.E. (2001) Canopy and substratum heterogeneity influence recruitment of the mangrove Avicennia marina. Journal of Ecology 89:888–902.
Minchinton, T.E. and M. Dalby-Ball (2001) Frugivory by insects on mangrove propagules: effects on the early life history of Avicennia marina. Oecologia 129:243–252.
Minchinton, T.E. (1997) Life on the edge: conspecific attraction and recruitment of populations to disturbed habitats. Oecologia 11:45–52.
- Justin Lathlean, Project title: Factors influencing range limits of Marine invertebrates. (Co-supervised with Prof David Ayre).
- Tyge Hermansen, Project title: Ecological and genetic tests of the status of the Sea Anemones at the species borders. (Co-supervised with Prof David Ayre).
Suggested Topics for Future Students
I am open to all projects, so students should contact me to discuss their ideas.
- Processes controlling local and regional species diversity
- Importance of recruitment for population dynamics and species diversity
- Importance of species diversity to the invasibility, stability, and productivity of ecosystems
- Invasive species in coastal salt marshes
- Seed dispersal and recruitment
- Senior Lecturer, University of Wollongong, Australia, 2005– present
- Lecturer, University of Wollongong, Australia, 2003 – 2004
- Lecturer, University of Adelaide, Australia, 2001 – 2003
- Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California at Santa Cruz, USA, 1999 – 2001
- Postdoctoral Scholar, Brown University, USA, 1996 – 1998
- Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Wollongong, Australia, 1995 – 1996
- PhD, Marine Ecology, University of Sydney, Australia, 1996
- MSc, Biological Oceanography, Dalhousie University, Canada, 1990