Dr Philip Barton

ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher

Research interests

I am an ecologist and Senior Research Fellow in the Fenner School of Environment and Society. I lead research on the structure and diversity of insect communities and their ecological roles in both natural and modified landscapes.

  • Quaggiotto, M, Barton, P, Morris, C et al 2018, 'Seal carrion is a predictable resource for coastal ecosystems', Acta Oecologica, vol. 88, pp. 41-51pp.
  • Ng, K, Barton, P, Blanchard, W et al 2018, 'Disentangling the effects of farmland use, habitat edges, and vegetation structure on ground beetle morphological traits', Oecologia, vol. Online, pp. 1-13.
  • Kay, G, Tulloch, A, Barton, P et al 2018, 'Species co-occurrence networks show reptile community reorganization under agricultural transformation', Ecography, vol. 41, no. 1, pp. 113-125.
  • Pulsford, S, Barton, P, Driscoll, D et al 2018, 'Reptiles and frogs use most land cover types as habitat in a fine-grained agricultural landscape', Austral Ecology, vol. 43, no. 5, pp. 502-513.
  • Yong, D, Barton, P, Ikin, K et al 2018, 'Cross-taxonomic surrogates for biodiversity conservation in human-modified landscapes - A multi-taxa approach', Biological Conservation, vol. 224, pp. 336-346pp.
  • Ng, K, Barton, P, Macfadyen, S et al 2018, 'Beetle responses to edges in fragmented landscapes are driven by adjacent farmland use, season and cross-habitat movement', Landscape Ecology, vol. 33, no. 1, pp. 109-125.
  • Evans, M, Banks, S, Barton, P et al 2017, 'A long-term habitat fragmentation experiment leads to morphological change in a species of carabid beetle', Ecological Entomology, vol. 43, no. 3, pp. pp.282-293.
  • Foster, C, Barton, P, MacGregor, C et al 2017, 'Effects of fire regime on plant species richness and composition differ among forest,woodland and heath vegetation', Applied Vegetation Science, vol. 21, no. 1, pp. 132-143.
  • Ng, K, Driscoll, D, Macfadyen, S et al 2017, 'Contrasting beetle assemblage responses to cultivated farmlands and native woodlands in a dynamic agricultural landscape', Ecosphere, vol. 8, no. 12, pp. 1-17pp.
  • Foster, C, Barton, P, Robinson, N et al 2017, 'Effects of a large wildfire on vegetation structure in a variable fire mosaic', Ecological Applications, vol. 27, no. 8, pp. 2369-2381pp.
  • Ross, C, Barton, P, McIntyre, S et al 2017, 'Fine-scale drivers of beetle diversity are affected by vegetation context and agricultural history', Austral Ecology, vol. 42, no. 7, pp. 831-843.
  • Pulsford, S, Driscoll, D, Barton, P et al 2017, 'Remnant vegetation, plantings and fences are beneficial for reptiles in agricultural landscapes', Journal of Applied Ecology, doi:10.1111/1365-2664.12923.
  • Hamonts, K, Bissett, A, Macdonald, B et al 2017, 'Effects of ecological restoration on soil microbial diversity in a temperate grassy woodland', Applied Soil Ecology, vol. 117, pp. 117-128pp.
  • Barton, P, Evans, M, Pechal, J et al 2017, 'Necrophilous Insect Dynamics at Small Vertebrate Carrion in a Temperate Eucalypt Woodland', Journal of Medical Entomology, vol. 54, no. 4, pp. 964-973pp..
  • Barton, P & Evans, M 2017, 'Insect biodiversity meets ecosystem function: Differential effects of habitat and insects on carrion decomposition', Ecological Entomology, vol. 42, no. 3, pp. 364-374pp.
  • Kay, G, Mortelliti, A, Tulloch, A et al 2017, 'Effects of past and present livestock grazing on herpetofauna in a landscape-scale experiment', Conservation Biology, vol. 31, no. 2, pp. 446-458.
  • Barton, P, Evans, M, Foster, C et al 2017, 'Environmental and spatial drivers of spider diversity at contrasting microhabitats', Austral Ecology, vol. 42, no. 6, pp. 700-710.
  • Barton, P, McIntyre, S, Evans, M et al 2016, 'Substantial long-Term effects of carcass addition on soil and plants in a grassy eucalypt woodland', Ecosphere, vol. 7, no. 10, pp. -.
  • Gibb, H, Retter, B, Cunningham, S et al 2017, 'Does wing morphology affect recolonization of restored farmland by ground-dwelling beetles?', Restoration Ecology, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 234-242.
  • Westgate, M, Tulloch, A, Barton, P et al 2016, 'Optimal taxonomic groups for biodiversity assessment: a meta-analytic approach', Ecography, 40, 539-548.
  • Lindenmayer, D.B., Lane, P.W., Barton, P.S., Crane, M., Ikin, K., Michael, D. & Okada, S. (2016). Long-term bird colonization and turnover in restored woodlands. Biodiversity and Conservation, 25, 1587-1603.
  • 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
  • Barton, P, Sato, C, Kay, G et al 2016, 'Effects of environmental variation and livestock grazing on ant community structure in temperate eucalypt woodlands', Insect Conservation and Diversity, 9(2), 124-134.
  • Lindenmayer, D., Michael, D., Crane, M., Okada, S., Florance, D., Barton, P.S. & Ikin, K. (2016). Wildlife Conservation in Farm Landscapes. CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne.
  • Yong, D, Barton, P, Okada, S et al 2016, 'Birds as surrogates for mammals and reptiles: Are patterns of cross-taxonomic associations stable over time in a human-modified landscape?', Ecological Indicators, vol. 69, pp. 152-164.
  • Hunter, M, Westgate, M, Barton, P et al 2016, 'Two roles for ecological surrogacy: Indicator surrogates and management surrogates', Ecological Indicators, 63, 121-125.
  • Kay, G, Barton, P, Driscoll, D et al 2016, 'Incorporating regional-scale ecological knowledge to improve the effectiveness of large-scale conservation programmes', Animal Conservation, 19, 515-525.
  • Foster, C, Sato, C, Lindenmayer, D et al 2016, 'Integrating theory into disturbance interaction experiments to better inform ecosystem management', Global Change Biology, 22, 1325-1335.
  • Pierson, J, Mortelliti, A, Barton, P et al. 2016. Evaluating the effectiveness of overstory cover as a surrogate for bird community diversity and population trends. Ecological Indicators, 61, 790-798.
  • 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.
  • Macdonald, B, Gillen, J, Tuomi, S et al 2015, 'Can coarse woody debris be used for carbon storage in open grazed woodlands?', Journal of Environmental Quality, vol. 44, no. 4, pp. 1210-1215.
  • Lindenmayer, D, Barton, P & Pierson, J, eds, 2015, Indicators and Surrogates of Biodiversity and Environmental Change, CSIRO Publishing, Clayton South, Victoria, Australia.
  • Barton, P & Moir, M 2015, 'Invertebrate indicators and ecosystem restoration', in Lindenmayer, D., Barton, P., Pierson, J. (ed.), Indicators and Surrogates of Biodiversity and Environmental Change, CSIRO Publishing, Clayton South, Victoria, Australia, pp. 59-68.
  • Lane, P & Barton, P 2015, 'Use of surrogates in medicine: ideas that may be useful for ecology', in Lindenmayer, D., Barton, P., Pierson, J. (ed.), Indicators and Surrogates of Biodiversity and Environmental Change, CSIRO Publishing, Clayton South, Victoria, Australia, pp. 161-168.
  • 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.
  • Lindenmayer, D, Pierson, J & Barton, P 2015, 'Introduction - disciplinary and multi-disciplinary perspectives on ecological indicators and surrogates', in Lindenmayer, D., Barton, P., Pierson, J. (ed.), Indicators and Surrogates of Biodiversity and Environmental Change, CSIRO Publishing, Clayton South, Victoria, Australia, pp. 1-4.
  • Barton, P, Lentini, P, Alacs, E et al 2015, 'Guidelines for Using Movement Science to Inform Biodiversity Policy', Environmental Management (New York), vol. 56, no. 4, pp. 791-801pp.
  • Foster, C, Barton, P, Sato, C et al 2016, 'Herbivory and fire interact to affect forest understory habitat, but not its use by small vertebrates', Animal Conservation, 19, 15-25.
  • 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.
  • Foster, C, Barton, P, Sato, C et al 2015, 'Synergistic interactions between fire and browsing drive plant diversity in a forest understorey', Journal of Vegetation Science, vol. 26, no. 6, pp. 1112-1123.
  • Foster, C, Barton, P, Wood, J et al 2015, 'Interactive effects of fire and large herbivores on web-building spiders', Oecologia, vol. 179, no. 1, pp. 237-248.
  • Lindenmayer, D., Blanchard, W., Tennant, P., Barton, P., Ikin, K., Mortelliti, A., Okada, S., Crane, M. & Michael, D. (2015). Richness is not all: how changes in avian functional diversity reflect major landscape modification caused by pine plantations. Diversity and Distributions, 21, 836–847.
  • 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.
  • Pierson, J, Barton, P, Lane, P et al. 2015. Can habitat surrogates predict the response of target species to landscape change? Biological Conservation, 184, 1-10.
  • Manwaring, M, Eliott, M, Barton, P et al 2015, 'Effects of fire on vegetation and arthropods in a coastal heath, south-east Queensland', Ecological Management and Restoration, vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 73-75.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Foster, C, Barton, P & Lindenmayer, D 2014, 'Effects of large native herbivores on other animals', Journal of Applied Ecology, vol. 51, no. 4, pp. 929-938.
  • Ikin, K., Barton, P.S., Stirnemann, I.A., Stein, J.R., Michael, D., Crane, M., Okada, S. & Lindenmayer, D.B. (2014) Multi-Scale Associations between Vegetation Cover and Woodland Bird Communities across a Large Agricultural Region. PLoS ONE, 9, e97029.
  • Barton, P.S., Ikin, K., Smith, A.L., MacGregor, C. & Lindenmayer, D. (2014). Vegetation structure moderates the effect of fire on bird assemblages in a heterogeneous landscape. Landscape Ecology, 29, 703-714..
  • 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.
  • Cunningham, R., Lindenmayer, D., Barton, P., Ikin, K., Crane, M., Michael, D., Okada, S., Gibbons, P. & Stein, J. (2014). Cross-sectional and temporal relationships between bird occupancy and vegetation cover at multiple spatial scales. Ecological Applications, 24, 1275-1288.
  • Cunningham, R.B., Lindenmayer, D.B., Crane, M., Michael, D.R., Barton, P.S., Gibbons, P., Okada, S., Ikin, K. & Stein, J.A.R. (2014). The law of diminishing returns: woodland birds respond to native vegetation cover at multiple spatial scales and over time. Diversity and Distributions, 20, 59–71.
  • Barton, P, Weaver, H & Manning, A 2014, 'Contrasting diversity dynamics of phoretic mites and beetles associated with vertebrate carrion', Experimental and Applied Acarology.
  • Macdonald, B, Farrell, M, Tuomi, S et al 2014, 'Carrion decomposition causes large and lasting effects on soil amino acid and peptide flux', Soil Biology and Biochemistry, vol. 69, pp. 132-140.
  • 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.
  • Smith, A, Blair, D, McBurney, L et al 2014, 'Dominant Drivers of Seedling Establishment in a Fire-Dependent Obligate Seeder: Climate or Fire Regimes?', Ecosystems, vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 258-270.
  • Ikin K., Barton P., Knight E., Lindenmayer D., Fischer J. & Manning A. (2014) Bird community responses to the edge between suburbs and reserves. Oecologia, 84, 989-995.
  • Barton, P, Colloff, M, Pullen, K et al 2013, 'Grassland area determines beetle assemblage dissimilarity from surrounding floodplain forest', Journal of Insect Conservation. 17, 1209-1219.
  • Barton, P, Colloff, M, Pullen, K et al 2013, 'Arthropod assemblages in a focal tree species (Eucalyptus microcarpa) depends on the species mix in restoration plantings', Biodiversity and Conservation. 22, 2091-2110.
  • Driscoll, D, Banks, S, Barton, P et al 2013, 'Conceptual domain of the matrix in fragmented landscapes', Trends in Ecology and Evolution. 28, 605–613
  • Barton P, Cunningham S, Manning A, Gibb H, Lindenmayer DB, Didham RK 2013, 'The spatial scaling of beta diversity', Global Ecology and Biogeography, 22, 639–647
  • Barton, P, Cunningham, S et al 2013, 'The role of carrion in maintaining biodiversity and ecological processes in terrestrial ecosystems', Oecologia, 171, 761-772.
  • Barton, P, Cunningham, S, Macdonald, B et al 2013, 'Species Traits Predict Assemblage Dynamics at Ephemeral Resource Patches Created by Carrion', PLoS ONE, 8 (1) e53961. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0053961
  • Barton, P, Manning, A, Gibb, H et al 2011, 'Experimental reduction of native vertebrate grazing and addition of logs benefit beetle diversity at multiple scales', Journal of Applied Ecology, vol. 48, no. 4, pp. 943-951.
  • Lindenmayer, D.B., Archer, S., Barton, P.S., Bond, S., Crane, M., Gibbons, P., Kay, G., MacGregor, C., Manning, A.D., Michael, D., Montague-Drake, R., Munro, N., Muntz, R. & Stagoll, K. (2011). What makes a good farm for wildlife?, CSIRO Publishing.
  • Barton, P, Gibb, H, Manning, A et al 2011, 'Morphological traits as predictors of diet and microhabitat use in a diverse beetle assemblage', Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 102, 301-310.
  • Barton, P, Manning, A, Gibb, H et al 2010, 'Fine-scale heterogeneity in beetle assemblages under co-occurring Eucalyptus in the same subgenus', Journal of Biogeography,37, 1927-1937.
  • Barton PS, Manning AD, Gibb H, Lindenmayer DB, Cunningham SA 2009, 'Conserving ground-dwelling beetles in an endangered woodland community: Multi-scale habitat effects on assemblage diversity', Biological Conservation, 142, 1701-1709.
  • Weaver, H & Barton, P 2008, 'A new species of sucking louse (Phthiraptera: Anoplura) from Australia, and a key to the Australian species of Hoplopleura', Zootaxa, vol. ., no. 1679, pp. 55-62.
  • Barton PS, Aberton JG. 2005. Larval development and autogeny in Aedes camptorhynchus (Thomson) (Diptera: Culicidae) from southern Victoria. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 126, 261-267
  • Barton PS, Aberton JG, Kay BH (2004). Spatial and temporal definition of Ochlerotatus camptorhynchus (Thomson) (Diptera: Culicidae) in the Gippsland Lakes system of eastern Victoria. Australian Journal of Entomology 43:16-22