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These are a selection of recent research-related peer-reviewed publications associated with Pacific Biosecurity.
Gruber MAM, Santoro D, Cooling M, Hoffmann BD, Lester PJ, Boser C & Lach L. 2022. A global review of socioeconomic and environmental impacts of ants reveals new insights for risk assessment. Ecological Applications 32(4), e2577-. https://doi.org/10.1002/eap.2577
Gruber MAM, Janssen May S, Santoro D, Cooling M & Wylie FR. 2021. Predicting socio-economic and biodiversity impacts of invasive species: Red Imported Fire Ant in the developing western Pacific. Ecological Management and Restoration 22(1): 89-99
Wittmer HU, Anton V, Gruber MAM, Ireland L, Linklater W, Russell JC, Shannahan DF. 2018. Conservation and restoration in peopled landscapes in Oceania: opportunities and challenges. Pacific Conservation Biology 24:409-416
Gruber MAM, Pierce, RJ, Burne AR, Naseri-Sale L, Lester PJ. 2018. Using community engagement and biodiversity surveys to inform decisions to control invasive species: a case study of yellow crazy ants in Atafu, Tokelau. Pacific Conservation Biology 24:379-387
Gruber MAM, Cooling M & Burne AR. 2017. An invasive ant distribution database to support biosecurity risk analysis in the Pacific. Pacific Conservation Biology 23:258-261
Lester PJ, Gruber MAM. 2016. Booms, busts and population collapses in invasive ants. Biological Invasions 18(11):3091-3101
These are some older research publications produced alongside our practical biosecurity and invasive species work in the Pacific by members of our group.
Gruber MAM, Burne AR, Abbott KL, Pierce RJ, Lester PJ. 2012. Population decline but increased distribution of an invasive ant genotype on a Pacific atoll. Biological Invasions:1-14
Lester P, Abbott K, Sarty M, Burns K. 2009. Competitive assembly of South Pacific invasive ant communities. BMC Ecology 9(1):3
Sarty M, Abbott K, Lester P. 2007. Community level impacts of an ant invader and food mediated coexistence. Insectes Sociaux 54:166 - 173
McNatty A, Abbott K, Lester P. 2009. Invasive ants compete with and modify the trophic ecology of hermit crabs on tropical islands. Oecologia 160(1):187-194
Abbott KL, Greaves SNJ, Ritchie PA, Lester PJ. 2007. Behaviourally and genetically distinct populations of an invasive ant provide insight into invasion history and impacts on a tropical ant community. Biological Invasions 9(4):453-463
Abbott KL, Sarty M, Lester PJ. 2006. The ants of Tokelau. New Zealand Journal of Zoology 33:157-164
Sarty M, Abbott K, Lester P. 2006. Habitat complexity facilitates coexistence in a tropical ant community. Oecologia 149:465 - 473
Lester PJ, Tavite A. 2004. Long-legged ants, Anoplolepis gracilipes (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), have invaded Tokelau, changing composition and dynamics of ant and invertebrate communities. Pacific Science 58(3):391-401