Associate Professor Alastair Robertson

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Associate Professor in Ecology

Institute of Agriculture and Environment

Programme Director for the Bachelor of Sciences

College of Sciences

Contact details
Telephone: +64 (06) 356 9099  ext. 84823
Email: 
Room A1.08, AgHort, Manawatu

Professional

Professional Biography

Roles and Responsibilities

Programme Director of Bachelor of Science and related programmes

Qualifications

  • PhD - University of Canterbury (1989)
  • BSc(Hons) - University of Otago (1985)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Plant reproductive ecology

Impacts of invasive species

Mutualism declines

Evolution of the New Zealand biota

Thematics

21st Century Citizenship

Area of Expertise

Field of Research Codes
Biological Sciences (060000):
Conservation and Biodiversity (050202):
Ecology (060200):
Environmental Science and Management (050200): Environmental Sciences (050000):
Evolutionary Biology (060300)

Keywords

Plant-animal interactions - pollination, fruit dispersal, herbivory

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

PositionCurrentCompleted
Project Leader19
Team Member11

Completed Projects

Project Title: Alpine plant-insect mutualisms

Many plant species reply on insects to transfer pollen between the flowers of different plants to ensure outcrossing and successful offspring. Some insects are potential seed disperses, and other are seed predators. Other insect species eat plant flowers and leaves. We are investigating the nature of the species interactions in the alpine environment, where diversity is often lower than in forests. Manipulation experiments allow us to study the selective force on factors such as pollen limitation, outcrossing rate, floral attractiveness and species specificity.
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Date Range: 2007 - 2008

Funding Body: Massey University

Project Team:

Research Outputs

Journal

Tran, H., Harrington, KC., Robertson, AW., & Watt, MS. (2016). Assessment of herbicides for selectively controlling broom (Cytisus scoparius) growing with radiata pine (Pinus radiata) in New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Forestry Science. 46(1)
[Journal article]Authored by: Harrington, K., Robertson, A.
Van Etten, ML., Tate, JA., Anderson, SH., Kelly, D., Ladley, JJ., Merrett, MF., . . . Robertson, AW. (2015). The compounding effects of high pollen limitation, selfing rates and inbreeding depression leave a New Zealand tree with few viable offspring. Annals of Botany. 116(5), 833-843
[Journal article]Authored by: Robertson, A., Tate, J.
Tran, H., Harrington, KC., Robertson, AW., & Watt, MS. (2015). Relative persistence of commonly used forestry herbicides for preventing the establishment of broom (Cytisus scoparius) seedlings in New Zealand plantations. New Zealand Journal of Forestry Science. 45(1)
[Journal article]Authored by: Harrington, K., Robertson, A.
Larsen, NJ., Minor, MA., Cruickshank, RH., & Robertson, AW. (2014). Optimising methods for collecting Hymenoptera, including parasitoids and Halictidae bees, in New Zealand apple orchards. Journal of Asia-Pacific Entomology. 17(3), 375-381
[Journal article]Authored by: Minor, M., Robertson, A.
Makan, T., Castro, I., Robertson, AW., Joy, MK., & Low, M. (2014). Habitat complexity and management intensity positively influence fledging success in the endangered hihi (Notiomystis cincta). New Zealand Journal of Ecology. 38(1), 53-63
[Journal article]Authored by: Castro, I., Joy, M., Robertson, A.
Van Etten, ML., Houliston, GJ., Mitchell, CM., Heenan, PB., Robertson, AW., & Tate, JA. (2014). Sophora microphylla (fabaceae) microsatellite markers and their utility across the genus. Applications in Plant Sciences. 2(3)
[Journal article]Authored by: Robertson, A., Tate, J.
Van Etten, ML., Robertson, AW., & Tate, JA. (2013). MICROSATELLITE MARKERS FOR THE NEW ZEALAND ENDEMIC TREE FUCHSIA EXCORTICATA (ONAGRACEAE). APPLICATIONS IN PLANT SCIENCES. 1(10),
[Journal article]Authored by: Robertson, A., Tate, J.
Bischoff, M., Lord, JM., Robertson, AW., & Dyer, AG. (2013). Hymenopteran pollinators as agents of selection on flower colour in the New Zealand mountains: Salient chromatic signals enhance flower discrimination. New Zealand Journal of Botany. 51(3), 181-193
[Journal article]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Bischoff, M., Campbell, DR., Lord, JM., & Robertson, AW. (2013). The relative importance of solitary bees and syrphid flies as pollinators of two outcrossing plant species in the New Zealand alpine. Austral Ecology. 38(2), 169-176
[Journal article]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Perry, ME., & Robertson, AW. (2012). Cleared and uncleared pellet plots as indices of brown hare density. New Zealand Journal of Ecology. 36(2), 157-163
[Journal article]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Merrett, MF., & Robertson, AW. (2012). The efficacy of wind pollination in a small understory shrub (Coprosma spathulata) in native forest of the Waikato region, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Botany. 50(1), 37-49
[Journal article]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Campbell, DR., Bischoff, M., Lord, JM., & Robertson, AW. (2012). Where have all the blue flowers gone: Pollinator responses and selection on flower colour in New Zealand Wahlenbergia albomarginata. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 25(2), 352-364
[Journal article]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Robertson, AW., Kelly, D., & Ladley, JJ. (2011). Futile selfing in the trees Fuchsia excorticata (Onagraceae) and Sophora microphylla (Fabaceae): Inbreeding depression over 11 years. International Journal of Plant Sciences. 172(2), 191-198
[Journal article]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Sultan, A., Johnston, PR., Park, D., & Robertson, AW. (2011). Two new pathogenic ascomycetes in Guignardia and Rosenscheldiella on New Zealand's pygmy mistletoes (Korthalsella: Viscaceae). Studies in Mycology. 68, 237-247
[Journal article]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Henderson, RC., Sultan, A., & Robertson, AW. (2010). Scale insect fauna (Hemiptera: Sternorrhyncha: Coccoidea) of New Zealand's pygmy mistletoes (Korthalsella: Viscaceae) with description of three new species: Leucaspis albotecta, L. trilobata (Diaspididae) and Eriococcus korthalsellae (Eriococcidae). Zootaxa. (2644), 1-24
[Journal article]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Campbell, DR., Bischoff, M., Lord, JM., & Robertson, AW. (2010). Flower color influences insect visitation in alpine New Zealand. Ecology. 91(9), 2638-2649
[Journal article]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Kelly, D., Ladley, JJ., Robertson, AW., Anderson, SH., Wotton, DM., & Wiser, SK. (2010). Mutualisms with the wreckage of an avifauna: The status of bird pollination and fruit-dispersal in New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Ecology. 34(1), 66-85
[Journal article]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Kelly, D., Ladley, JJ., Robertson, AW., & Crowfoot, L. (2008). Flower predation by Zelleria maculata (Lepidoptera) on Peraxilla mistletoes: Effects of latitude and fragmentation, and impact on fruit set. New Zealand Journal of Ecology. 32(2), 186-196
[Journal article]Authored by: Robertson, A.
McCartney, J., Potter, MA., Robertson, A., Telscher, K., Lehmann, G., Lehmann, A., . . . Heller, K-G. (2008). Understanding nuptial gift size in bush-crickets: An analysis of the genus Poecilimon (Tettigoniidae: Orthoptera). Journal of Orthoptera Research. 17(2), 231-242 Retrieved from http://www.bioone.org/doi/abs/10.1665/1082-6467-17.2.231
[Journal article]Authored by: Potter, M., Robertson, A.
Robertson, AW., Ladley, JJ., Kelly, D., McNut, KL., Peterson, PG., Merrett, MF., . . . Karl, BJ. (2008). Assessing pollination and fruit dispersal in Fuchsia excorticata (Onagraceae). New Zealand Journal of Botany. 46(3), 299-314
[Journal article]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Brescia, FM., Pöllabauer, CM., Potter, MA., & Robertson, AW. (2008). A review of the ecology and conservation of Placostylus (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Bulimulidae) in New Caledonia. Molluscan Research. 28(2), 111-122
[Journal article]Authored by: Potter, M., Robertson, A.
Robertson, AW., Ladley, JJ., & Kelly, D. (2008). Does height off the ground affect bird visitation and fruit set in the pollen-limited mistletoe Peraxilla tetrapetala (Loranthaceae)?. Biotropica. 40(1), 122-126
[Journal article]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Kelly, D., Ladley, JJ., & Robertson, AW. (2007). Is the pollen-limited mistletoe Peraxilla tetrapetala (Loranthaceae) also seed limited?. Austral Ecology. 32(8), 850-857
[Journal article]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Merrett, MF., Robertson, AW., & Peterson, PG. (2007). Pollination performance and vulnerability to pollination breakdown of sixteen native shrub species from New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Botany. 45(4), 579-591
[Journal article]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Husheer, SW., Allen, RB., & Robertson, AW. (2006). Suppression of regeneration in New Zealand mountain beech forests is dependent on species of introduced deer. Biological Invasions. 8(4), 823-834
[Journal article]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Husheer, SW., Robertson, AW., Coomes, DA., & Frampton, CM. (2006). Herbivory and plant competition reduce mountain beech seedling growth and establishment in New Zealand. Plant Ecology. 183(2), 245-256
[Journal article]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Burgess, VJ., Kelly, D., Robertson, AW., & Ladley, JJ. (2006). Positive effects of forest edges on plant reproduction: Literature review and a case study of bee visitation to flowers of Peraxilla tetrapetala (Loranthaceae). New Zealand Journal of Ecology. 30(2), 179-190
[Journal article]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Robertson, AW., Trass, A., Ladley, JJ., & Kelly, D. (2006). Assessing the benefits of frugivory for seed germination: The importance of the deinhibition effect. Functional Ecology. 20(1), 58-66
[Journal article]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Peterson, PG., Robertson, AW., Lloyd, B., & McQueen, S. (2006). Non-native pollen found in short-tailed bat (Mystacina tuberculata) guano from the central North Island. New Zealand Journal of Ecology. 30(2), 267-272
[Journal article]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Newstrom, L., & Robertson, A. (2005). Progress in understanding pollination systems in New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Botany. 43(1), 1-59
[Journal article]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Lehnebach, CA., Robertson, AW., & Hedderley, D. (2005). Pollination studies of four New Zealand terrestrial orchids and the implication for their conservation. New Zealand Journal of Botany. 43(2), 467-477
[Journal article]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Kelly, D., Brindle, C., Ladley, JJ., Robertson, AW., Maddigan, FW., Butler, J., . . . Sessions, LA. (2005). Can stoat (Mustela erminea) trapping increase bellbird (Anthornis melanura) populations and benefit mistletoe (Peraxilla tetrapetala) pollination?. New Zealand Journal of Ecology. 29(1), 69-82
[Journal article]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Dawson, PAC., Rapson, GL., Robertson, AW., & Fordham, RA. (2005). Limitations on recruitment of the rare sand daphne Pimelea arenaria (Thymelaeaceae), lower North Island, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Botany. 43(3), 619-630
[Journal article]Authored by: Rapson, G., Robertson, A.
Husheer, SW., & Robertson, AW. (2005). High-intensity deer culling increases growth of mountain beech seedlings in New Zealand. Wildlife Research. 32(4), 273-280
[Journal article]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Robertson, AW., Ladley, JJ., & Kelly, D. (2005). Effectiveness of short-tongued bees as pollinators of apparently ornithophilous New Zealand mistletoes. Austral Ecology. 30(3), 298-309
[Journal article]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Standish, RJ., Williams, PA., Robertson, AW., Scott, NA., & Hedderley, DI. (2004). Invasion by a perennial herb increases decomposition rate and alters nutrient availability in warm temperate lowland forest remnants. Biological Invasions. 6(1), 71-81
[Journal article]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Lehnebach, CA., & Robertson, AW. (2004). Pollination ecology of four epiphytic orchids of New Zealand. Annals of Botany. 93(6), 773-781
[Journal article]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Kelly, D., Ladley, JJ., & Robertson, AW. (2004). Is dispersal easier than pollination? Two tests in New Zealand Loranthaceae. New Zealand Journal of Botany. 42(1), 89-103
[Journal article]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Montgomery, BR., Kelly, D., Robertson, AW., & Ladley, JJ. (2003). Pollinator behaviour, not increased resources, boosts seed set on forest edges in a New Zealand Loranthaceous mistletoe. New Zealand Journal of Botany. 41(2), 277-286
[Journal article]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Mcbreen, K., Lockhart, PJ., Mclenachan, PA., Scheele, S., & Robertson, AW. (2003). The use of molecular techniques to resolve relationships among traditional weaving cultivars of Phormium. New Zealand Journal of Botany. 41(2), 301-310
[Journal article]Authored by: Lockhart, P., McLenachan, P., Robertson, A.
Husheer, SW., Coomes, DA., & Robertson, AW. (2003). Long-term influences of introduced deer on the composition and structure of New Zealand Nothofagus forests. Forest Ecology and Management. 181(1-2), 99-117
[Journal article]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Winkworth, RC., Grau, J., Robertson, AW., & Lockhart, PJ. (2002). The origins and evolution of the genus Myosotis L. (Boraginaceae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 24(2), 180-193
[Journal article]Authored by: Lockhart, P., Robertson, A.
Standish, RJ., Robertson, AW., & Williams, PA. (2001). The impact of an invasive weed Tradescantia fluminensis on native forest regeneration. Journal of Applied Ecology. 38(6), 1253-1263
[Journal article]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Winkworth, RC., Robertson, AW., Ehrendorfer, F., & Lockhart, PJ. (1999). The importance of dispersal and recent speciation in the flora of New Zealand. Journal of Biogeography. 26(6), 1323-1325
[Journal article]Authored by: Lockhart, P., Robertson, A.
Robertson, AW., Mountjoy, C., Faulkner, BE., Roberts, MV., & Macnair, MR. (1999). Bumble bee selection of Mimulus guttatus flowers: The effects of pollen quality and reward depletion. Ecology. 80(8), 2594-2606
[Journal article]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Robertson, AW., Kelly, D., Ladley, JJ., & Sparrow, AD. (1999). Effects of pollinator loss on endemic New Zealand mistletoes (Loranthaceae). Conservation Biology. 13(3), 499-508
[Journal article]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Ladley, JJ., Kelly, D., & Robertson, AW. (1997). Explosive flowering, nectar production, breeding systems, and pollinators of New Zealand mistletoes (Loranthaceae). New Zealand Journal of Botany. 35(3), 345-360
[Journal article]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Castro, I., & Robertson, AW. (1997). Honeyeaters and the New Zealand forest Flora: The utilisation and profitability of small flowers. New Zealand Journal of Ecology. 21(2), 169-179
[Journal article]Authored by: Castro, I., Robertson, A.
Kelly, D., Ladley, JJ., Robertson, AW., Edwards, J., & Smith, DC. (1996). The birds and the bees. Nature. 384(6610), 615
[Journal article]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Robertson, AW., & Macnair, MR. (1995). The effects of floral display size on pollinator service to individual flowers of Myosotis and Mimulus. Oikos. 72(1), 106-114
[Journal article]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Cresswell, JE., & Robertson, AW. (1994). Discrimination by pollen-collecting bumblebees among differentially rewarding flowers of an alpine wildflower, Campanula rotundifolia (Campanulaceae). Oikos. 69(2), 304-308
[Journal article]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Mossop, R., Macnair, MR., & Robertson, AW. (1994). Within-population variation in sexual resource allocation in Mimulus guttatus. Functional Ecology. 8(3), 410-418
[Journal article]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Robertson, AW., Diaz, A., & Macnair, MR. (1994). The quantitative genetics of floral characters in Mimulus guttatus. Heredity. 72(3), 300-311
[Journal article]Authored by: Robertson, A.
ROBERTSON, AW., & LLOYD, DG. (1993). RATES OF POLLEN DEPOSITION AND REMOVAL IN MYOSOTIS-COLENSOI. FUNCTIONAL ECOLOGY. 7(5), 549-559
[Journal article]Authored by: Robertson, A.
ROBERTSON, AW. (1992). The relationship between floral display size, pollen carryover and geitonogamy in Myosotis colensoi (Kirk) Macbride (Boraginaceae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. 46(4), 333-349
[Journal article]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Robertson, AW., & Lloyd, DG. (1991). Herkogamy, dichogamy and self-pollination in six species of Myosotis (Boraginaceae). Evolutionary Trends in Plants. 5(1), 53-63
[Journal article]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Robertson, A. (1991). A mid-winter colony of Bombus terrestris L. (Hym., Apidae) in Devon. Entomologists Monthly Magazine. 127, 165-166 Retrieved from http://www.massey.ac.nz/~aroberts/Robertson%201991.pdf
[Journal article]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Robertson, AW., Mark, AF., & Wilson, JB. (1991). Ecology of a coastal lagoon to dune forest sequence, south Westland, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Botany. 29(1), 17-30
[Journal article]Authored by: Robertson, A.

Book

McCartney, J., Potter, M., Robertson, A., Heller, KG., & Gwynne, DT. (2013). Evidence of natural and sexual selection shaping the size of nuptial gifts among a Single Bush-Cricket Genus (Poecilimon; Tettigoniidae): An analysis of sperm transfer patterns. In RM. Geldani, & MA. Davin (Eds.) Sexual selection: Evolutionary perspectives, mating strategies and long-term effects on genetic variation. (pp. 45 - 68). : Nova Science Publishers, Inc
[Chapter]Authored by: Potter, M., Robertson, A.
Traveset, A., Robertson, AW., & Rodríguez-Pérez, J. (2007). A review on the role of endozoochory in seed germination. In Seed Dispersal: Theory and its Application in a Changing World. (pp. 78 - 103).
[Chapter]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Kelly, D., Robertson, AW., Ladley, JJ., Anderson, S., & McKenzie, RJ. (2006). Relative (un)importance of introduced animals as pollinators and dispersers of native plants. In RB. Allen, & WG. Lee (Eds.) Biological Invasions in New Zealand. (pp. 227 - 245). Berlin, Germany: Springer
[Chapter]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Bleakley, C., Stringer, I., Robertson, AW., & Hedderley, DI. (2006). Design and use of artificial refuges for monitoring adult tree weta, Hemideina crassidens and H. thoracica. : Department of Conservation Research and Development Series
[Monograph]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Beath, A., Thorne, J., & Robertson, AW. (2004). Evaluating the attractiveness of pest-control baits and lures to captive short-tailed bats, Mystacina tuberculata. Wellington, NZ: Department of Conservation
[Monograph]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Murphy, C., & Robertson, A. (2000). Preliminary study of the effects of honey bees (Apis mellifera) in Tongariro National Park.
[Monograph]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Kelly, D., Ladley, JJ., Robertson, AW., & Norton, DA. (2000). Limited forest fragmentation improves reproduction in the declining New Zealand mistletoe Peraxilla tetrapetala (Loranthaceae). In A. Young, & GC. Eds (Eds.) Genetics, Demography and Viability of Fragmented Populations. (pp. 241 - 252). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Robertson, A.

Report

Newstrom, LE., Armstrong, T., Robertson, AW., Lee, WG., Heenan, PB., Peltzer, D., . . . Glenny, D. (2003). Environmental risks to the New Zealand flora from transgenic crops: The role of gene flow. Land Research, NZ.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Robertson, A.

Conference

Jackman, SD., Peterson, PG., Robertson, AW., & Van Koten, C. (2015). Neolema ogloblini: Exploring a new option for the control of tradescantia (Tradescantia fluminensis). New Zealand Plant Protection. Vol. 68 (pp. 187 - 192).
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Robertson, A.Contributed to by: Robertson, A.
Pearson, S., Symonds, VV., Sultan, A., Robertson, AW., van Etten, M., & Tate, JA. (2014). Host race specificity in the pygmy mistletoe Korthalsella salicornioides in New Zealand.. Poster session presented at the meeting of Australasian Systematic Botany Society conference. Palmerston North, New Zealand
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Robertson, A., Symonds, V., Tate, J.
Jackman, SD., Peterson, PG., & Robertson, AW. (2015). Neolema ogloblini: exploring a new option for the control of tradescantia (Tradescantia fluminensis). In Proceedings of the New Zealand Plant Protection Conference Vol. 67 (pp. 330 - 330). , New Zealand Plant Protection Society's Annual Conference: New Zealand Plant Protection Society (Inc)
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Brescia, F., Robertson, AW., & Potter, M. (2014, July). The management of exploited wildlife in Pacific islands:a case study with the management of New Caledonian Placostylus snail population. Presented at Island Biology 2014. University of Hawai'i at Manoa.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Potter, M., Robertson, A.
Van Etten, M., Tate, J., & Robertson, AW. (2014, June). The consequences of pollinator declines on the quantity and quality of offspring in two New Zealand tree species. Presented at Evolution 2014. Raleigh, North Carolina.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Robertson, A., Tate, J.
Lehnebach, C., Frericks, J., Zeller, A., Keyzers, R., Ong, CP., Morgan-Richards, M., . . . Robertson, AW. (2013, December). Spider orchids and fungus gnats: a story about deception, sex and death in New Zealand forests. Presented at 5th Internationalk Orchid Conservation Congress. Saint-Denis de la Réunion.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Morgan-Richards, M., Robertson, A.
Dennis, G., Gartrell, B., Robertson, A., & O'Donnell, C.(2013, August 11). Indecent exposure: Was non-target mass-mortality of New Zealand Lesser Short-tailed Bats caused by primary or secondary poisoning?. , 16th International Bat Research Conference [IBRC] and 43rd North American Symposium on Bat Research [NASBR]
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Gartrell, B., Robertson, A.
Kelly, D., Ladley, JJ., Robertson, A., Anderson, SH., Iles, JM., Wyman, TE., . . . Burge, O. (2013, May). Keynote address: The importance of species interactions for plant conservation. Presented at New Zealand Plant Conservation Network Conference: Are We There Yet? 10 Years of the Plant Conservation Network. Auckland, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Robertson, AW., Anderson, SH., Ladley, JJ., Pattemore, DE., & Kelly, D. (2013). The resilience of New Zealand pollination systems to changes in the fauna: Persistence, replacement, and losses of interactions. In VII Southern Connection Congress 2013: Programme and Abstracts(pp. 110 - 110). , VII Southern Connection Congress 2013: Southern lands and southern oceans: Life on the edge? New Zealand: University of Otago
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Robertson, AW., Anderson, SH., Ladley, JJ., Pattemore, DE., & Kelly, D. (2013, January). The resilience of New Zealand pollination systems to changes in the fauna: Persistence, replacement, and losses of interactions. Presented at VII Southern Connection Congress 2013: Southern lands and southern oceans: Life on the edge?. Dunedin, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Anderson, SH., Kelly, D., Ladley, J., & Robertson, AW. (2012). Bird pollination and dispersal services to plants: interactions, losses, and trophic cascades.. In New Zealand Ecological Society Conference 2012: Abstracts(pp. 18 - 18). , New Zealand Ecological Society Conference 2012: Is New Zealand ecology on solid foundations? New Zealand: New Zealand Ecological Society, Lincoln University
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Robertson, A., Anderson, S., Ladley, J., & Kelly, D. (2012). When mates run out: declining pollination service threatens cryptic recruitment failure in New Zealand trees. In Ecological Society of Australia - 2012 Annual Conference: Ecology: Fundamental Science of the Biosphere: Abstracts(pp. 1 - 1). , Ecological Society of Australia - 2012 Annual Conference: Ecology: Fundamental Science of the Biosphere Australia: Ecological Society of Australia
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Robertson, A., Anderson, S., Ladley, J., & Kelly, D. (2012, December). When mates run out: declining pollination service threatens cryptic recruitment failure in New Zealand trees. Presented at Ecological Society of Australia - 2012 Annual Conference: Ecology: Fundamental Science of the Biosphere. Melbourne, Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Wotton, D., Kelly, D., Robertson, AW., Anderson, S., Powlesland, R., & Ladley, J. (2012, August). Seed dispersal by native animals: Restoring functioning ecosystems. Presented at Sanctuaries of New Zealand workshop. Inglewood, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Campbell, DR., Bischoff, M., Lord, JM., & Robertson, AW.Where have all the blue flowers gone: Pollinator responses and selection on flower colour in New Zealand Wahlenbergia albomarginata.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Kelly, D., Ladley, JJ., Robertson, AW., Anderson, SH., & Iles, JM. (2011, June). Ecosystem services by birds, and cascading effects of bird reductions. Presented at The Ornithological Society of New Zealand Scientific Days. Wellington, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Kelly, D., Ladley, J., & Robertson, AW. (2011, July). Bird-mistletoe interactions with a depleted avifauna: What determines mutualism failure?. Presented at 18th International Botanical Congress. Melbourne, Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Robertson, AW., Bischoff, M., Lord, JM., & Campbell, DR. (2011, August). Making sense of flower colour in the New Zealand alpine. Presented at Annual Conference of the New Zealand Ecological Society. Rotorua, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Hodges, T., Robertson, A., Rapson, J., Schipper, L., & Clarkson, B. (2010). Increased nutrient inputs to remnant lowland restiad mires in an agricultural landscape: Impacts on capillaroid root growth, biomass production and decomposition processes. In SOUTH AFRICAN JOURNAL OF BOTANY Vol. 76 (pp. 395 - 395). : ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Rapson, G., Robertson, A.
Tran, H., Harrington, K., Robertson, A., & Watt, M. (2010). Assessment of herbicides for selectively controlling broom (Cytisus scoparius) growing with Pinus radiata. In Proceedings of Australasian Weeds Conference Vol. 17 (pp. 372 - 372). , Seventeenth Australasian Weeds Conference Christchurch, NZ: New Zealand Plant Protection Society
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Harrington, K., Robertson, A.
Kelly, D., Ladley, JJ., Robertson, AW., Anderson, S., & Wotton, DM. (2010, June). Large fruits without large frugivores: Can variance save dispersal?. Presented at 5th International Symposium-Workshop on Frugivores and Seed Dispersal. Montpellier, France.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Robertson, AW., Kelly, D., Ladley, JJ., Anderson, SH., & Wotton, DM. (2010, June). Germination consequences of non-dispersal in fleshy fruited plants. Presented at 5th International Symposium-Workshop on Frugivores and Seed Dispersal. Montpellier, France.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Kelly, D., Anderson, SH., Ladley, JJ., Robertson, AW., Wotton, DM., & Wiser, SK. (2010, February). Ecosystem services with a depleted avifauna: Bird pollination and dispersal in New Zealand. Presented at COS/AOU/SCO 2010 Joint Meeting. San Diego, California, USA.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Robertson, AW., Ladley, JJ., Molloy, SM., Terry, JA., Anderson, SH., & Kelly, D. (2009, August). Mutalisms with the wreckage of an avifauna: Pollination malaise on the New Zealand mainland. Presented at The 10th International Congress of Ecology. Brisbane, QLD.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Campbell, D., Bischoff, M., Robertson, AW., & Lord, JM. (2008, August). Insect responses to flower colour and form in alpine New Zealand: promise and reality. Presented at The Ecology and Evolution of Plant-Pollinator Interactions
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Robertson, AW. (2008, September). Rapid assessment of pollination and dispersal service in Fuchsia: a tool for managers to check the health of bird-plant mutualisms. Presented at Sanctuaries of New Zealand Workshop/Hui 2008. Green Pastures, Bushy Park - Wanganui, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Robertson, AW., Kelly, D., & Ladley, JJ. (2007, November). Interactions among pollinators, flower herbivores and forest fragmentation determine fruit set in declining Peraxilla mistletoes. Presented at New Zealand Ecological Society Conference. University of Canterbury, Christchurch, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Kelly, D., Robertson, AW., Ladley, JJ., & Anderson, S. (2007, November). Bird-plant mutualisms with the wreckage of an avifauna. Presented at New Zealand Ecological Society Conference. University of Canterbury, Christchurch, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Ladley, JJ., Kelly, D., & Robertson, AW. (2007). Reproduction by ornithophilous-flowered plants when birds are rare: Sophora prostrata in Canterbury. Poster session presented at the meeting of New Zealand Ecological Society Conference. University of Canterbury, Christchurch, NZ
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Robertson, AW. (2007, June). Special features of the New Zealand flora. Presented at Evolution 2007: Annual Meetings of the American Society of Naturalists, Society for the Study of Evolution, and Society of Systematic Biologists. Christchurch, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Bischoff, M., Lord, JM., & Robertson, AW. (2006, August). A fresh look at alpine plant breeding systems in New Zealand. Presented at Joint Conference of the New Zealand Ecological Society and the Ecological Society of Australia. Wellington, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Kelly, D., Robertson, AW., & Ladley, JJ. (2006, August). Inbreeding: A handy backup on islands, or a pernicious drain?. Presented at Joint Conference of the New Zealand Ecological Society and the Ecological Society of Australia. Wellington, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Merrett, M., & Robertson, AW. (2006, August). The efficacy of wind pollination in a forest understory shrub in New Zealand. Presented at Joint Conference of the New Zealand Ecological Society and the Ecological Society of Australia. Wellington, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Newstrom LLoyd, L., Stanley, M., Toft, R., Merrett, M., Robertson, AW., Monks, A., . . . FitzJohn, RG. (2006, August). How generalised are New Zealand pollination systems?. Presented at Joint Conference of the New Zealand Ecological Society and the Ecological Society of Australia. Wellington, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Robertson, AW., & Johnson, SD. (2006, August). The good, the bad, and the ugly: Disharmony in plant-pollinator relationships. Presented at Joint Conference of the New Zealand Ecological Society and the Ecological Society of Australia. Wellington, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Anderson, SH., Kelly, D., Robertson, AW., Ladley, JJ., & Innes, JG. (2006). Birds as pollinators and dispersers: A case study from New Zealand. In R. Schodde (Ed.) Proceedings of the 23rd International Ornothological Congress [Acta Zoologica Sinica, vol. 52, suppl.]. Vol. 52 (pp. 112 - 115).
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Minor, MA., & Robertson, AW. (2006). An illustrated guide to New Zealand soil invertebrates. Poster session presented at the meeting of Ecology Across the Tasman 2006: Joint Conference of the New Zealand Ecological Society and the Ecological Society of Australia. Wellington, NZ
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Minor, M., Robertson, A.
Newstrom, L., Robertson, AW., Toft, R., Rees, JL., & Lammerding, J. (2005, April). Blossom class analysis for predicting pollinators. Presented at 54th Annual Conference Entomological Society of New Zealand. Napier, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Kelly, D., Robertson, AW., Ladley, JJ., & Anderson, SH. (2005, July). Is dispersal easier than pollination? New Zealand as a test case. Presented at Fourth International Symposium/Workshop on Frugivores and Seed Dispersal. Griffith University, Brisbane,QLD.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Robertson, AW., Trass, A., Ladley, JJ., & Kelly, D. (2005, July). Assesing the benefits of frugivory for seed germination: Barking up the wrong tree?. Presented at Fourth International Symposium/Workshop on Frugivores and Seed Dispersal. Griffith University, Brisbane, QLD.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Robertson, AW., & Brandon, A. (2005). Breeding systems and rarity: pollination requirements and micro- and macro - distribution patterns in New Zealand forget-me-nots (Myosotis spp).. Poster session presented at the meeting of 17th International Botanical Congress. Vienna, Austria
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Makan, T., Castro, IC., & Robertson, AW. (2005, July). Habitat and reproductive success of the last self-sustaining population of hihi: An endangered endemic bird. Presented at XIX Annual Meeting of the Society for Conservation Biology. University of Brasilia, Brazil.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Castro, I., Robertson, A.
Robertson, AW., Kelly, D., Ladley, JJ., & Anderson, S. (2004, January). The vulnerability of southern temperate pollination and dispersal systems to mutualism failure. Presented at Conference on Southern Temperate Ecosystems and Biota. University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Lee, WG., Newstrom, LE., Peltzer, D., Heenan, PB., FitzJohn, RG., Armstrong, T., . . . Breitwieser, I. (2003, September). Gene flow assessment and environmental risks. Presented at FRST Impacts of Emerging Biotechnologies Symposium. Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Kelly, D., Innes, JR., Robertson, AW., Ladley, JJ., & Anderson, SH. (2003, December). The impact of mammalian pest control on 'common' native forest birds in New Zealand. Presented at 3rd International Wildlife Management Congress. Christchurch, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Husheer, SW., & Robertson, AW. (2002, March). Impacts of introduced deer on forest composition and abundance, southern Kaimanawa Forest Park, New Zealand. Presented at 45th Symposium of the International Association for Vegetation Science. Porto Alegre, Brazil.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Brandon, A., Henderson, IM., & Robertson, AW. (2002, December). Rarity in New Zealand Myosotis L. Presented at Ecology Conference 2002: 2nd Joint Meeting of the Ecological Society of Australia and the New Zealand Ecological Society. Cairns Convention Centre, Cairns, QLD.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Henderson, I., Robertson, A.
Robertson, AW., & Trass, A. (2002, December). Assessing the benefit of frugivory for seed germination: Getting the right design. Presented at Ecology Conference: 2nd Joint Meeting of the Ecological Society of Australia and the New Zealand Ecological Society. Cairns Convention Centre, Cairns, QLD.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Husheer, SW., & Robertson, AW. (2002, December). Deer herbivory, plant competition and Nothofagus solandri var. cliffortioides regeneration in the Kaimanawa Ecological District, central North Island, New Zealand. Presented at Ecology Conference 2002: 2nd joint meeting of the Ecological Society of Australia and the New Zealand Ecological Society. Cairns Convention Centre, Cairns, QLD.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Anderson, S., Kelly, DR., Ladley, JJ., Innes, JG., & Robertson, AW. (2002, August). Birds as Pollinators and Dispersers: A Case Study from New Zealand. Presented at 23rd International Ornithological Congress. Beijing, China.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Robertson, AW., Ladley, JJ., & Kelly, D. (2001, August). It's the quality not the quantity.... pollinator declines and inbreeding depression in tree fuchsia and kowhai. Presented at New Zealand Ecological Society 50th Jubilee Conference 2001. University of Canterbury, Christchurch, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Brandon, A., & Robertson, AW. (2000, January). Allee effects in plant repoductive performance: Local density, population size, rarity and reproductive success in natural populations of Myosotis. Presented at III Southern Connection Congress. Lincoln University, Lincoln, Caterbury, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Robertson, A.

Other

Minor, MA., & Robertson, AW. (2015). Soil Bugs: An Illustrated Guide to New Zealand Soil Invertebrates. URL: http://soilbugs.massey.ac.nz (last updated 29-April-2015). Massey University
[Other]Authored by: Minor, M., Robertson, A.Contributed to by: Minor, M.
Robertson, A. (2013, June). There is more than one way to be a bee. In Forest and Bird: Rangitikei Branch Winter Programme, Marton, New Zealand.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Robertson, A. (2013, May). There's more than one way to be a bee. In Forest and Bird: Manwatu Branch Night, Palmerston North, New Zealand.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Robertson, AW. (2006). Songlines: Why bellbirds matter. (pp. 15). Massey University
[Other]Authored by: Robertson, A.
Minor, MA., & Robertson, AW. (2006). Soil Bugs: An Illustrated Guide to New Zealand Soil Invertebrates. URL: http://soilbugs.massey.ac.nz (last updated 11-February-2013).. Massey University
[Other]Authored by: Minor, M., Robertson, A.
Minor, MA., & Robertson, AW. (2006). Getting to know what's beneath your feet. Massey University
[Other]Authored by: Minor, M., Robertson, A.

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

PositionCurrentCompleted
Supervisor28
CoSupervisor02

Teaching

General Ecology

Plant Ecology

Microbial Ecology

Entomology

Botany

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

CoSupervisor of:

  • 2012 - Fabrice Brescia- PhD
    Ecology and Population Trends in New Caledonian Placostylus Snails Population (Mollusca:Gastropoda:Bulimulidae)
  • 2010 - Jay McCartney- PhD
    Spermatophore size variation in the bush-cricket genus poecilimon

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