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Michelle Gibson

Michelle Gibson

Michelle is a PhD student currently based at Durham University and is being primarily supervised by Dr Stephen Willis. Her current PhD research similarly explores disturbance impacts of extreme weather events and land-use on arid zone bird species in Australia. The long-term repeat bird surveys will help to shed light on species movements across this little-studied region in times of plenty and in times of drought.

Email: michelle.gibson@durham.ac.uk
Location: Durham University, United Kingdom
Websites: Durham’s Conservation Ecology Research Group Google Site

Michelle’s research background is in invasion biology and primarily involved investigating the impact of invasive species on plant-animal interactions.


Rogers, A.M., Gibson, M.R., Pockette, T., Alexander, J.L. & Dwyer, J.F. (2014) Scavenging of migrant passerine carcasses in the Sonoran Desert. The Southwestern Naturalist, 59 (4), In Press.

Gibson, M.R., Pauw, A. & Richardson, D.M. (2013) Decreased insect visitation to a native species caused by an invasive tree in the Cape Floristic Region. Biological Conservation, 157, 196–203.

Gibson, M.R., Richardson, D.M. & Pauw, A. (2012) Can floral traits predict an invasive plant’s impact on native plant-pollinator communities? Journal of Ecology, 100 (5), 1216–1223.

Gibson, M.R., Richardson, D.M., Marchante, E., Marchante, H., Rodger, J.G., Stone, G.S., Byrne, M., Fuentes-Ramirez, A., George, N., Harris, C., Johnson, S.D., Le Roux, J.J., Miller, J.T., Murphy, D.J., Pauw, A., Prescott, M.N., Wandrag, E.M. & Wilson, J.R.U. (2011) Reproductive biology of Australian acacias: important mediator of invasiveness? Diversity and Distributions, 17 (5), 911–933.

Wilson, J.R.U., Gairifo, C., Gibson, M.R., Arianoutsou, M., Bakar, B.B., Baret, S., Celesti-Grapow, L., DiTomaso, J.M., Dufour-Dror, J.-M., Kueffer, C., Kull, C.A., Hoffmann, J.H., Impson, F.A.C., Loope, L.L., Marchante, E., Marchante, H., Moore, J.L., Murphy, D.J., Tassin, J., Witt, A., Zenni, R.D. & Richardson, D.M. (2011). Risk assessment, eradication, and biological control: global efforts to limit Australian acacia invasions. Diversity and Distributions, 17 (5), 1030–1046.