Cardillo Lab - Biodiversity and conservation


We work on a wide range of questions in macroecology, macroevolution, community ecology and conservation biology, mostly using a comparative or modelling approach, and usually with a strong phylogenetic perspective. The questions we are interested in include: why have some lineages diversified faster than others? Why do the tropics have so many species? What are the origins of the south-west Australian biodiversity hotspot? Why are some species at greater risk of extinction than others? Our research is not taxon-specific, and we have worked on birds, mammals, invertebrates and plants.

Group news

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Russell Dinnage, Marcel Cardillo & Gavin Huttley (together with Owain Edwards from CSIRO) have been awarded a CBA Ignition Grant, "Characterizing the evolutionary and ecological diversity of invertebrates in the Monsoonal vine thickets of the Kimberley".



Marcel Cardillo

Marcel Cardillo
I did my PhD at the University of Queensland, then spent a few years in the UK, first at the Institute of Zoology, then at...

PhD Student

Postdoctoral Scientist


Open to students


Selected recent publications

Cardillo, M. & Warren, D.L. (2016) Analyzing patterns of spatial and niche overlap among species at multiple resolutions. Global Ecology & Biogeography 25: 951-963

Cardillo, M. & Skeels, A. (2016) Spatial, phylogenetic, environmental and biological components of variation in extinction risk: a case study using Banksia. PLoS One

Duchene, D. & Cardillo, M. (2015) Phylogenetic patterns in bird geographic distributions support the tropical conservatism hypothesis. Global Ecology & Biogeography 24: 1261-1268

Cardillo, M. (2015) Geographic range shifts do not erase the historic signal of speciation in mammals. The American Naturalist 185: 343-353

Warren, D.L., Cardillo, M., Rosauer, D.F., Bolnick, D.I. (2014) Mistaking geography for biology: inferring processes from species distributions. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 29: 572-580

Cardillo, M. & Pratt, R.C. (2013) Evolution of a hotspot genus: geographic variation in speciation and extinction rates in Banksia (Proteaceae). BMC Evolutionary Biology 13: 155


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Marcel Cardillo

A major current focus is the amazing plant diversity of Australia’s southwest corner.

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