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.
Open to students
Diversification and macroevolution of Proteaceae (Honours, Higher degree by research)
Diversity and coexistence in southwest Australian plant assemblages (Honours, Higher degree by research)
Diversity and macroecology of island mammals (Honours, Higher degree by research)
Global patterns of biodiversity (Honours, Higher degree by research)
Rarity and extinction risk in the southwest Australian flora (Honours, Higher degree by research)
- Cardillo, M., Mace, G.M., Jones, K.E., Bielby, J., Bininda-Emonds, O.R.P., Sechrest, W., Orme, C.D.L. & Purvis, A. (2005) Multiple causes of high extinction risk in large mammal species.Science 309: 1239-1241. F1000 rating: 13
- Cardillo, M., Mace, G.M., Gittleman, J.L. & Purvis, A. (2006) Latent extinction risk and the future battlegrounds of mammal conservation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 103: 4157-4161. F1000 rating: 8
- Bininda-Emonds, O.R.P., Cardillo, M., Jones, K.E., MacPhee, R.D.E., Beck, R.M.D., Grenyer, R., Price, S.A., Vos, R., Gittleman, J.L. & Purvis, A. (2007) The delayed rise of present-day mammals.Nature 446: 507-512. F1000 rating: 6
- Cardillo, M. (2011) Phylogenetic structure of mammal assemblages at large geographical scales: linking phylogenetic community ecology with macroecology. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, London Series B 366: 2545-2553. F1000 rating: 8
- Cardillo, M, and Meijaard E (2012) Are comparative studies of extinction risk useful for conservation? Trends in Ecology & Evolution 27:167-171.
- Hanna, E. & Cardillo, M. (2013) Island mammal extinctions are determined by interactive effects of life history, island biogeography and mesopredator suppression.Global Ecology & Biogeography, published online 11 August 2013.