Todd Minchinton

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  
Office:                 B35.G09


  • Associate Professor

Research Interests

  • 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

Representative Publications

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.

Searchable Publication List

Current Students 


  • 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

See Also the Honours Topics Page

Abbreviated CV

  • 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
Last reviewed: 23 August, 2016