Publications

Bold names signify current members of the Research Centre

Books & Chapters

Williams, R.J, Papst, W.A., McDougall, K.L., Mansergh, I.M., Heinze, D., Camac, J.S., Nash, M.A., Morgan, J.W. and A.A. Hoffmann. 2014. Alpine ecosystems. In: In: Biodiversity and Environmental Change. (eds. D. Lindenmayer, E. Burns, N. Thurgate and A. Lowe). CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood.

Williams R.J., McDougall, K.L., Mansergh I.M., Wahren C-H., Rosengren N.J. & Papst W.A. (2006) Alpine Landscapes. In: ‘Ecology: An Australian Perspective’. Edition 2. Eds P.M. Attiwill & B. Wilson, Chapter 34. Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Williams, R.J., and Wahren, C-H. (2005) Potential impacts of global climate change on vegetation in Australian alpine landscapes: Climate change, landuse, vegetation dynamics and biodiversity conservation. In: ‘Global Change and Mountain Regions: State of Knowledge Overview’. Eds H. M. Reasoner, H. Bugmann and U. Huber. pp 401-408. Kluwer; Dordrecht, The Netherlands.

Gill AM, Good R, Lennon J, Mansergh I, Norris R (2004) ‘Beyond the bushfires 2003: Environmental issues in the Australian Alps’. (Australian Alps Liaison Committee: Canberra)

Heinze D, Broome L, Mansergh I (2004) An overview of the ecological studies on the Mountain Pygmy-possum Burramys parvus (Broom 1896). In ‘The Biology of Australian Possums and Gliders’. (Eds RL Goldingay, SM Jackson). pp 254-67. (Surrey Beatty & Sons: Chipping Norton, NSW).

Williams R.J., Mansergh I.M., Wahren C-H.A., Rosengren N.J. & Papst W.A. (2003) Alpine Landscapes. Ecology: An Australian Perspective, Edition 1. Eds P.M. Attiwill and B. Wilson. pp. 352-369. Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Benitson, M., Fox, D.G., Adhikary, S., Andressen, R., Guisan, A., Holten, J.I., Innes, J., Maitima, J. Price, M.F., Tessier, L., Barry, R., Bonnard, C., David, F., Graumlich, L., Halpin, P., Henttonen, H., Holtmeir, F-K., Jaerviven, A., Jonasson, S., Kittel, T., Kloetzli, F., Korner, C., Krauchi, N., Molau, U., Musselman, R., Ottersen, P., Peterson, D., Saelthun, N., Xuemei Shao, Skre, O., Solomina, O., Spichiger,. R., Sulzman, E., Thinon, M. and Williams, R.J. (1996). Impacts of climate change on mountain regions. In: ‘Climate Change 1995. Impacts, Adaptations and Mitigation of Climate Change: Scientific -Technical Analyses.’ Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. pp 191-213.

Mansergh I, Broom L (1994) ‘The Mountain Pygmy-possum of the Australian Alps’. (University of NSW Press: Sydney)

Williams, R.J. and Costin, A.B. (1994). Alpine and subalpine vegetation. In ‘Australian Vegetation' (Ed. R.H. Groves.). 2nd Edn. pp. 467-500. (Cambridge University Press: Melbourne.)

Gibbons F, Rowan RK (1993) Soils in relation to vegetation in Victoria. In ‘Flora of Victoria’. (Eds DB Foreman, NG Walsh). pp 159-194. Volume 1. (Inkata Press: Melbourne)

Ashton, D.M. and Williams, R.J. (1989). Dynamics of the sub-alpine vegetation in the Victorian region. In `The Scientific Significance of the Australian Alps.' (Ed. Good, R.) pp. 143-168. Proceedings of the First Fenner Conference, September 1988. (Australian Alps Liaison Committee: Canberra.)

Rosengren NJ, Petersen JA (1989) Heritage values and the geological and geomorphological significance of the Australian alpine zone. In: ‘The Scientific Significance of the Australian Alps’. (ed RB Good) pp 187-204 . (Australian Alps Liaison Committee/Australian Academy of Science: Canberra)

Williams, R.J. (1986). Some effects of cattle on the dynamics of sub-alpine grassland and heathland communities on the Bogong High Plains, Australia. In: P.J. Joss, P.W. Lynch and O.B. Williams (eds). ‘Rangelands: A Resource Under Siege’. pp 81-82. Australian Academy of Science, Canberra.

Papst, W.; Rees, H. van; McDougall, K. (1986). Monitoring of the alpine grassland community on the Bogong High Plains, Victoria. In: P.J. Joss, P.W. Lynch and O.B. Williams (eds). ‘Rangelands: A Resource Under Siege’. Pp 534-535 Australian Academy of Science, Canberra.

McDougall, K. L. (1982) The alpine vegetation of the Bogong High Plains. Ministry for Conservation Melbourne.

Refereed papers in journals

Camac, J.S., Williams, R.J., Wahren, C-H, Jarrad,F., Hoffmann, A.A., Vesk, P.A. (2015). Modeling rates of life form cover change in burned and unburned alpine heathland subject to experimental warming. Oecologia.

Doherty, M.D., Wright, G., McDougall, K.L. (2015). The flora of Kosciuszko National Park, New South Wales: Summary and overview. Cunninghamia 15:13-68.

Endo, Y, Nash, M.A., Hoffmann, A.A., Slatyer, R.A., Miller, A.D. (2015) Comparative phylogeography of alpine invertebrates indicates deep lineage diversification and historical refugia in the Australian Alps. Journal of Biogeography, 42:89:102.

Mark AF, Korsten AC , Guevara DU, Dickinson KJM, Humar-Maegli T, Pascale M, Halloy SRP, Lord J, Venn SE, Morgan JW, Whigham PA and Nielsen JA. (2015) Ecological responses after 52 years to an experimental snow fence in high-alpine cushionfield, Old Man Range, south-central New Zealand. Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research

Williams, R.J., Wahren, C-H., Stott, K.A.J., Camac, J.S., White, M., Burns, E., Harris, S., Nash M, Morgan JW, Venn SE, Papst WA, Hoffmann AA. (2015) An IUCN Red List Ecosystems Risk Assessment for Alpine Snow Patch Herbfields, South-Eastern Australia. Austral Ecology

Slatyer, R.A., Nash, M.A., Miller, A.D., Endo,Y., Umbers, D.L., Hoffmann, A.A. (2014) Strong genetic structure corresponds to small-scale geographic breaks in the Australian alpine grasshopper Kosciuscola tristis. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 1: 204.

Camac, J.S., Williams, R.J., Wahren, C-H, Morris, W.K., Morgan, J.W. (2013). Post-fire regeneration in alpine heathland: Does fire severity matter? Austral Ecology, 38(2): 199-207

McCartney, V.A., Silvester, E., Morgan, J.W. and P.J. Suter. (2013). Physical and chemical drivers of vegetation in groundwater source pools on the Bogong High Plains, Victoria.  Australian Journal of Botany 61: 566–573.

Wahren, C.-H., Camac, J. S., Jarrad, F. C., Williams, R. J., Papst, W. A., & Hoffmann, A. A. (2013). Experimental warming and long-term vegetation dynamics in an alpine heathland. Australian Journal of Botany, 61(1), 36–51

Venn, S.E., Morgan, J.W. and J.M. Lord (2013). Foliar freezing resistance of Australian alpine plants over the growing season. Austral Ecology 38: 152-161

Green, K. and Venn, S.E. (2012) Alpine tree ribbons in the Snowy Mountains, Australia: characterization and potential mechanisms for treeline advance. Artic, Antarctic and Alpine Research 44:180-187

Griffin, P.C, Hoffmann, A.A (2012) Mortality of Australian alpine grasses (Poa spp.) after drought: species differences and ecological patterns. Journal of Plant Ecology 5:121-133

McDougall KL, Brookhouse M, Broome LS (2012) Dendroclimatological investigation of mainland Australia’s only alpine conifer, Podocarpus lawrencei Hook.f.. Dendrochronologia 3:1-9

Venn, S., Pickering, C., Green., K. (2012) Short-term variation in species richness across an altitudinal gradient of alpine summits. Biological Conservation 21(12): 3157-3186.

Williams, R. J., Wahren, C-H., Shannon, J.M., Papst, W.A., Heinze, D.A., Camac, J.S. 2012. Fire regimes and Biodiversity in Victoria’s alpine ecosystems. Proceedings and Transactions of the Royal Society of Victoria 124:101-109.

Adler, P. B., E. W. Seabloom, E. T. Borer, H. Hillebrand, Y. Hautier, A. Hector, W. S. Harpole, L. R. O'Halloran, J. B. Grace, T. M. Anderson, J. D. Bakker, L. A. Biederman, C. S. Brown, Y. M. Buckley, L. B. Calabrese, C.-J. Chu, E. E. Cleland, S. L. Collins, K. L. Cottingham, M. J. Crawley, E. I. Damschen, K. F. Davies, N. M. DeCrappeo, P. A. Fay, J. Firn, P. Frater, E. I. Gasarch, D. S. Gruner, N. Hagenah, J. Hille Ris Lambers, H. Humphries, V. L. Jin, A. D. Kay, K. P. Kirkman, J. A. Klein, J. M. H. Knops, K. J. La Pierre, J. G. Lambrinos, W. Li, A. S. MacDougall, R. L. McCulley, B. A. Melbourne, C. E. Mitchell, J. L. Moore, J. W. Morgan, B. Mortensen, J. L. Orrock, S. M. Prober, D. A. Pyke, A. C. Risch, M. Schuetz, M. D. Smith, C. J. Stevens, L. L. Sullivan, G. Wang, P. D. Wragg, J. P. Wright, and L. H. Yang. 2011. Productivity is a poor predictor of plant species richness. Science 333: 1750-1753.

Alexander JM, Kueffer C, Daehler CC, Edwards PJ, Pauchard A, Seipel T, Arevalo JR, Cavieres L, Dietz H, Jakobs G, McDougall KL, Naylor BJ, Otto R, Parks CG, Rew L, Walsh NG(2011) Assembly of non-native floras along elevational gradients explained by directional ecological filtering. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 108, 656-661.

Firn, J., Moore, J., MacDougall, A.S., Borer, E.T., Seabloom, E.W., HilleRisLambers, J., Harpole, W.S., Cleland, E.E., Brown, C.S., Knops, J.M.H., Prober, S.M., Pyke, D.A., Farrell, K.A., Bakker, J.D., O’Halloran, L.R., Adler, P.B., Collins, S.L., D’Antonia, C.M., Crawley, M.J., Wolkovich, E.M., La Pierre, K.J., Melbourne, B.A., Hautier, Y.,Morgan, J.W., Leakey, A.D.B., Kay, A., McCulley, R., Davies, K.F., Stevens, C.J., Chu, C-J., Holl, K.D., Klein, J.A.,Fay, P.A., Hagenah, N., Kirkman, K.P. & Buckley, Y.M (2011). Abundance of introduced species at home predicts abundance away in herbaceous communitiesEcology Letters 14: 274-281.

Griffin, P.C, Robin, C., Hoffmann, A.A (2011) A next-generation sequencing method for overcoming the multiple gene copy problem in polyploid phylogenetics, applied to Poa grasses. BMC Biology 9:19

Hoffmann, A. A., and Sgrò 2011. Climate change and evolutionary adaption. Nature 470:479-485

McDougall KL, Alexander JM, Haider S, Pauchard A, Walsh NG, Kueffer C (2012) Alien flora of mountains: global comparisons for the development of local preventive measures against plant invasions. Diversity and Distributions 17, 103-111.

Myers-Smith, I. H., B. C. Forbes, M. Wilmking, M. Hallinger, T. Lantz, D. Blok, K. D. Tape, M. Macias-Fauria, U. Sass-Klaassen, E. Lévesque, S. Boudreau, P. Ropars, L. Hermanutz, A. Trant, L. S. Collier, S. Weijers, J. Rozema, S. A. Rayback, N. M. Schmidt, G. Schaepman-Strub, S. Wipf, C. Rixen, C. B. Ménard, S. Venn, S. Goetz, L. Andreu-Hayles, S. Elmendorf, V. Ravolainen, J. Welker, P. Grogan, H. E. Epstein, and D. S. Hik. 2011. Shrub expansion in tundra ecosystems: dynamics, impacts and research priorities. Environmental Research Letters 6:045509

Seipel T, Kueffer C, Rew L, Daehler CC, Pauchard A, Naylor BJ, Alexander JM, Parks CG, Edwards PJ, Arevalo Sierra JR, Cavieres L, Dietz H, Jakobs G, McDougall KL, Otto R, Walsh NG (2011) Processes at multiple scales affect non-native plant species richness and similarity in mountains around the world. Global Ecology and Biogeography Early View.

Suter, S. G., Rees, G. N., Watson, G. O., Suter, P. J. and Silvester, E. (2011). Decomposition of native leaf litter by aquatic hyphomycetes in an alpine stream. Marine and Freshwater Research 62, 841-849

Hoffmann, AA., Camac, JS., Williams, RJ., Papst, W, Jarrad, FC., Wahren C-H. (2010) Phenological changes in six Australian subalpine plants in response to experimental warming and year-to-year variation. Journal of Ecology 98, 927 – 937.


Venn, SE; Morgan, JW (2010) Soil seedbank composition and dynamics across alpine summits in south-eastern Australia.  Australian Journal Of Botany   58, 349-362.

Byars, S., Parsons, Y, Hoffmann, A.A (2009) Effect of altitude on the genetic structure of an alpine grass, Poa hiemata. Annals of Botany 103, 885-899.

Byars, S.G., Hoffmann, A.A. (2009). Testing for local adaptation in the alpine forb, Craspedia lamicola, from southeastern Australia. International Journal of Plant Science 170, 906-917.

Hoffmann, A. A., Griffin, P.C,. MacRaild, R.D. (2009). Morphological variation and floral abnormalities in a trigger plant across a narrow altitudinal gradient. Austral Ecology  34:780-782

Hunter, D; Osborne, Wi; Smith, M, McDougall, KL et al. (2009) Breeding habitat use and the future management of the critically endangered Southern Corroboree Frog.  Ecological Management & Restoration 10,  S103-S109.

Jarrad, F. C.; Wahren, C. H.; Williams, R. J., et al. (2009) Subalpine plants show short-term positive growth responses to experimental warming and fire. Australian Journal of Botany 57, 465-473.

Morgan, J.W. and  V. Carnegie. (2009). Backcountry huts as introduction points for invasion by non-native species into subalpine vegetation. Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research 41, 238-245.

Pauchard, A; Kueffer, C; Dietz, H, McDougall, KL et al. (2009) Ain't no mountain high enough: plant invasions reaching new elevations. Frontiers In Ecology And The Environment  7,  479-486.

Rumpff, L., S.C. Cutler, I. Thomas and J.W. Morgan. (2009). An assessment of the relationship between tree-ring counts and basal girth of high altitude populations of Eucalyptus pauciflora (Myrtaceae). Australian Journal of Botany 57, 583-591.

Silvester E. (2009) Ionic regulation in an alpine peatland in the Bogong High Plains, Victoria, Australia.  Environmental Chemistry 6, 424-431.

Venn, S. E.; Morgan, J. W.; Green, P. T. (2009). Do facilitative interactions with neighboring plants assist the growth of seedlings at high altitudes in alpine Australia? Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research   41,    381-387.


Venn, S. E; Morgan JW. (2009) Germination characteristics of Mountain Celery Aciphylla glacialis (F. Muell.) Benth. (Apiaceae). The Victorian Naturalist, 126: 4-12

Jarrad, F. C., Wahren, C. H., Williams R.J., Burgman, M. A. (2008) Impacts of experimental warming and fire on phenology of subalpine open-heath species. Australian Journal of Botany 56:617-629.

McDougall KL, Walsh NG (2008) A conspectus of high-country Craspedia (Asteraceae: Gnaphalieae) of mainland south-eastern Australia. Muelleria 26, 3-10.

Williams R.J., Bradstock R.A.  (2008) Large fires and biodiversity in landscapes: diversity or disaster? International Journal of Wildland Fire 17 (Issue 6; Special Issue), 688-822.

Williams, NSG, Hahs, AK, Morgan, JW (2008) A dispersal-constrained habitat suitability model for predicting invasion of alpine vegetation. Ecological Applications   18, 347-359.

Williams RJ,  Wahren C-H, Tolsma AD, Sanecki GM, Papst WA,  Myers BA, McDougall KL,  Heinze DA,  Green K. (2008)  Large fires in Australian alpine landscapes: their part in the historical fire regime and their impacts on alpine biodiversity. International Journal of Wildland Fire 17, 793-808.

Byars, S.G., Papst, W.A., Hoffmann, A.A. (2007). Local adaptation and cogradient selection in the alpine plant, Poa hiemata, along a narrow altitudinal gradient. Evolution 61, 2925-2941

McDougall KL, Walsh NG (2007) Treeless vegetation of the Australian Alps. Cunninghamia 10, 1-57.

McDougall KL (2007) Grazing and fire in two subalpine peatlands. Australian Journal of Botany 55, 42-47.

Shannon, J.M. and Morgan, J.W. (2007) Floristic variation in Sphagnum-dominated peatland communities of the Central Highlands, Victoria. Cunninghamia 10, 59-76.


Venn, S. E. and Morgan, J.W. (2007) Phytomass and phenology of three alpine snowpatch species across a natural snowmelt gradient. Australian Journal of Botany 55:450-456.


Williams, R.J., Wahren, C-H., Bradstock, R.A. and Muller, W.J.  (2006) Does alpine grazing reduce blazing? A landscape test of a widely-held hypothesis. Austral Ecology 31, 925-936.

McDougall, K.L (2005) Recovery of an eroding peat surface on the Bogong High Plains, Victoria. Ecological Management & Restoration.   6, 217-219.

McDougall KL, Summerell BA (2005) Unusual ‘outbreaks’ of a diatom (Flabellaria flocculosa) in the Australian Alps. The Victorian Naturalist 122, 202-203.

McDougall, K.L., Morgan, J.W., Walsh, N.G. and Williams, R.J. (2005) Plant invasions in treeless vegetation of the Australian Alps. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 7, 159-171.

Wahren, C. H., Walker, M. D., and Bret-Harte, M.S. (2005) Vegetation responses in Alaskan arctic tundra after 8 years of a summer warming and winter snow manipulation experiment. Global Change Biology 11:537-552.



Wearne, L.J. and Morgan J.W. (2004). Community-level changes in Australian subalpine vegetation following invasion by the non-native shrub Cytisus scoparius. Journal of Vegetation Science 15, 595-604.


Morgan JW., Venn S.E., Wearne, L. Bartley M., McMillian, S. (2003). Small-scale patterns of occurrence of Snow Pratia Pratia gelida at Hospice Plain, Mount Buffalo National Park. The Victorian Naturalist 120. 4-9.

Whinam J., Chilcott N., Morgan J.W. (2003) Floristic composition and environmental relationships of Sphagnum-dominated communities in Victoria. Cunninghamia 8, 162-174.

Williams R.J. (2003) Does alpine grazing reduce blazing? Victorian Naturalist 120, 197-200.

McDougall K.L. (2001) The colonisation by alpine native plants of a stabilised road verge on the Bogong High Plains, Victoria. Ecological Management and Restoration 2, 47-52.


Wahren C-H.,  Williams, R.J. and Papst, W.A. (2001). Vegetation change and ecological processes in alpine and subalpine Sphagnum bogs of the Bogong High Plains, Victoria, Australia. Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research 33, 357-368.


Wearne, LJ; Morgan, JW (2001) Recent forest encroachment into subalpine grasslands near Mount Hotham, Victoria, Australia. Arctic Antarctic And Alpine Research   33, 369-377.

Wahren C-H., Williams, R.J. and Papst, W.A. (2000). Alpine and subalpine snow patch vegetation on the Bogong High Plains, SE Australia. Journal of Vegetation Science 12, 779-790.

Wahren C-H., Williams R.J., Papst W.A. (1999) Alpine and subalpine wetland vegetation on the Bogong High Plains, south-eastern Australia. Australian Journal of Botany 47, 165-188.

Robertson, D.C., Morgan, J.W., and White. M. (1999) Use of prescribed fire to enhance control of English broom (Cytisus scoparius) invading a subalpine snowgum woodland in Victoria. Plant Protection Quarterly 14, 51-56.

Wahren, C-H., Papst, W.A. and Williams, R.J. (1994) Long-term vegetation change in relation to cattle grazing in subalpine<