Marcel Cardillo

Marcel Cardillo
Rm W210, Level 2, RN Robertson Building (46)
 +61 2 6125 9035 (Office)



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 Imperial College London, before returning to Australia and joining ANU in 2008. Prior to becoming an academic, some of my jobs included selling Rupert Murdoch’s first newspaper, leading guided tours through a mangrove forest, taking x-rays of leaves, topping up hand-drawn, cask-conditioned ale with lemonade, and editing VHS videos of badgers.


Research interests

We work on a range of questions in macroecology, macroevolution, biogeography, community ecology, and conservation biology, mostly using a comparative or modelling approach. We are primarily interested in how we can infer the kinds of evolutionary and ecological processes that have shaped the patterns of biodiversity that we see today.

For more details, please go to the webpage for the Macroevolution and Macroecology Group.


  • Selected recent publications

    Cardillo, M., Weston, P.H., Reynolds, Z.M., Olde, P.M., Mast, A.R., Lemmon, E., Lemmon, A.R., Bromham, L. (2017) The phylogeny and biogeography of Hakea (Proteaceae) reveals the role of biome shifts in a continental plant radiation. Evolution 71: 1928-1943

  • Skeels, A. & Cardillo, M. (2017) Environmental niche conservatism explains the accumulation of species richness in Mediterranean-hotspot plant genera. Evolution 71: 582-594

  • 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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