Dr Martin Westgate

Postdoctoral Fellow

I am a Research Fellow at the Fenner School of Environment and Society, working on evidence synthesis in ecology and environment.

  • Westgate, M, Haddaway, N, Cheng, S et al 2018, 'Software support for environmental evidence synthesis', Nature Ecology & Evolution, vol. 2, no. 4, pp. 588-590pp.
  • Lindenmayer, D, Lane, P, Westgate, M et al 2018, 'Tests of predictions associated with temporal changes in Australian bird populations', Biological Conservation, vol. 222, pp. 212-221pp.
  • Westgate, M, MacGregor, C, Scheele, B et al 2018, 'Effects of time since fire on frog occurrence are altered by isolation, vegetation and fire frequency gradients', Diversity and Distributions, vol. 24, no. 1, pp. 82-91.
  • Westgate, M & Lindenmayer, D 2017, 'The difficulties of systematic reviews', Conservation Biology, vol. 31, no. 5, pp. 1002-1007.
  • Lindenmayer, D, MacGregor, C, Wood, J et al 2016, 'Bombs, fire and biodiversity: Vertebrate fauna occurrence in areas subject to military training', Biological Conservation, vol. 204, no. 1, pp. 276-283.
  • Lindenmayer, D.B., Candy, S.G., Banks, S.C., Westgate, M., Ikin, K., Pierson, J., Tulloch, A. & Barton, P. (2016). Do temporal changes in vegetation structure predict changes in bird occurrence additional to time since fire? Ecological Applications, 26, 2267-2279
  • Westgate, M, Tulloch, A, Barton, P et al 2016, 'Optimal taxonomic groups for biodiversity assessment: a meta-analytic approach', Ecography, 40, 539-548.
  • Tulloch, A, Chades, I, Dujardin, Y et al 2016, 'Dynamic species co-occurrence networks require dynamic biodiversity surrogates', Ecography, 39, 1185-1196.
  • Hunter, M, Westgate, M, Barton, P et al 2016, 'Two roles for ecological surrogacy: Indicator surrogates and management surrogates', Ecological Indicators, 63, 121-125.
  • Westgate, M.J., Scheele, B.C., Ikin, K., Hoefer, A., Evans, M., Osborne, W., Hunter, D., Rayner, L. & Driscoll, D.A. (2015). Citizen science program shows urban areas have lower occurrence of frog species, but not accelerated declines. PLoS ONE, 10, e0140973.
  • Lindenmayer, D, Pierson, J, Barton, P et al 2015, 'A new framework for selecting environmental surrogates', Science of the Total Environment, vol. 538, pp. 1029-1038.
  • Westgate, M, Barton, P, Pierson, J et al. 2015. Text analysis tools for identification of emerging topics and research gaps in conservation science. Conservation Biology, 29, 1606-1614.
  • Lindenmayer, D, Pierson, J, Barton, P et al 2015, 'A diversity of approaches to ecological surrogates and key knowledge gaps', in Lindenmayer, D., Barton, P., Pierson, J. (ed.), Indicators and Surrogates of Biodiversity and Environmental Change, CSIRO Publishing, Clayton South, Victoria, Australia, pp. 189-194.
  • Lindenmayer, D, Barton, P, Westgate, M et al 2015, 'Biodiversity surrogates', in Lindenmayer, D., Barton, P., Pierson, J. (ed.), Indicators and Surrogates of Biodiversity and Environmental Change, CSIRO Publishing, Clayton South, Victoria, Australia, pp. 15-24.
  • Westgate, M 2015, 'Surrogates for the distribution and trajectory of biodiversity', in Lindenmayer, D., Barton, P., Pierson, J. (ed.), Indicators and Surrogates of Biodiversity and Environmental Change, CSIRO Publishing, Clayton South, Victoria, Australia, pp. 5-13.
  • Mortelliti, A, Westgate, M, Stein, J et al 2015, 'Ecological and spatial drivers of population synchrony in bird assemblages', Basic and Applied Ecology, vol. 16, no. 3, pp. 269-278.
  • Stojanovic, D, Terauds, A, Westgate, M et al 2015, 'Exploiting the richest patch has a fitness pay-off for the migratory swift parrot', Journal of Animal Ecology, vol. Online, pp. 1-8.
  • Barton, P, Pierson, J, Westgate, M et al. 2015. Learning from clinical medicine to improve the use of surrogates in ecology. Oikos, 124(4), 391-398.
  • Mortelliti, A, Westgate, M & Lindenmayer, D 2014, 'Experimental evaluation shows limited influence of pine plantations on the connectivity of highly fragmented bird populations', Journal of Applied Ecology, vol. 51, no. 5, pp. 1179-1187.
  • Barton, P, Westgate, M, Lane, P et al 2014, 'Robustness of habitat-based surrogates of animal diversity: a multitaxa comparison over time', Journal of Applied Ecology, vol. 51, no. 5, pp. 1434-1443.
  • Westgate, M, Barton, P, Lane, P et al 2014, 'Global meta-analysis reveals low consistency of biodiversity congruence relationships', Nature Communications, vol. 5. p. 3899.
  • Lindenmayer, D, Lane, P, Westgate, M et al 2014, 'An empirical assessment of the focal species hypothesis', Conservation Biology, vol. 28, no. 6, pp. 1594-1603.
  • Lane, P, Lindenmayer, D, Barton, P et al 2014, 'Visualization of species pairwise associations: A case study of surrogacy in bird assemblages', Ecology and Evolution, vol. 4, no. 16, pp. 3279-3289.
  • Lindenmayer, D, Barton, P, Lane, P et al 2014, 'An empirical assessment and comparison of species-based and habitat-based surrogates: A case study of forest vertebrates and large old trees', PLOS ONE (Public Library of Science), vol. 9, no. 2, pp. e89807-e89807.
  • Driscoll, D.A., Banks, S.C., Barton, P.S., Ikin, K., Lentini, P., Lindenmayer, D.B., Smith, A.L., Berry, L.E., Burns, E.L., Edworthy, A., Evans, M.J., Gibson, R., Heinsohn, R., Howland, B., Kay, G., Munro, N., Scheele, B.C., Stirnemann, I., Stojanovic, D., Sweaney, N., Villaseñor, N.R. & Westgate, M.J. (2014). The trajectory of dispersal research in conservation biology. Systematic review. PLoS ONE, 9, e95053.
  • Westgate, M, Likens, G and Lindenmayer, D 2013 'Adaptive management of biological systems: a review' Biological Conservation, vol 158, pp 128-139
  • Westgate, M, Driscoll, D & Lindenmayer, D 2012, 'Limited influence of stream networks on the terrestrial movements of three wetland-dependent frog species', Biological Conservation, vol. 153, pp. 169-176.
  • Westgate, M, Driscoll, D & Lindenmayer, D 2012, 'Can the intermediate disturbance hypothesis and information on species traits predict anuran responses to fire?', Oikos, vol. 121, no. 10, pp. 1516-1524.
  • Felton, A, Fischer, J, Lindenmayer, D et al 2009, 'Climate change, conservation and management: an assessment of the peer-reviewed scientific journal literature', Biodiversity and Conservation, vol. 18, pp. 2243-2253.