Current position: UNE Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of New England.
Previous: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Charles Sturt University.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ecology), Charles Sturt University 2014
Wild pollinator communities of native woodlands and commercial almond plantations in a semi-arid Australian landscape: Implications for conservation of insects and ecosystem services [pdf: MESaunders Thesis 2014]
Bachelor of Environmental Science (Ecology) Hons University of Queensland 2008
Bachelor of Arts (English & Communication) University of Queensland 2001
Saunders ME (2018) Insect pollinators collect pollen from wind-pollinated plants: implications for pollination ecology and sustainable agriculture. Insect Conservation and Diversity. [blog post]
Saunders ME, Duffy MA, Heard SB, Kosmala M, Leather SR, McGlynn TP, Ollerton J, Parachnowitsch AL (2017) Bringing ecology blogging into the scientific fold: measuring reach and impact of science community blogs. Royal Society Open Science [blog post]
Saunders ME, Luck GW (2017) Interaction effects between local flower richness and distance to natural woodland on pest and beneficial insects in apple orchards. Agricultural and Forest Entomology [blog post]
Saunders ME (2017) Ecosystem services in agriculture: understanding the multifunctional role of invertebrates. Agricultural & Forest Entomology. [blog post]
Peisley RK, Saunders ME, Luck GW (2017) Providing perches for predatory and aggressive birds appears to reduce the negative impact of frugivorous birds in vineyards. Wildlife Research.
Saunders ME (2017) Bees visiting unopened flowers: bumbling burglars or sneaky pollinators? Ecology. [blog post]
Lichtenberg EM, Kennedy CM, Kremen C, ++ … Saunders ME, ++ .. Crowder DW (2017) A global synthesis of the effects of diversified farming systems on arthropod diversity within fields and across agricultural landscapes. Global Change Biology.
Peisley RK, Saunders ME, Robinson WA, Luck GW (2017) The role of avian scavengers in the breakdown of carcasses in pastoral landscapes. EMU – Austral Ornithology. [blog post]
Saunders ME, Luck GW (2016) Limitations of the ecosystem services versus disservices dichotomy. Conservation Biology. [blog post]
Saunders ME, Luck GW (2016) Combining costs and benefits of animal activities to assess net yield outcomes in apple orchards. PLoS One.
Peisley RK, Saunders ME, Luck GW (2016) Cost-benefit trade-offs of bird activity in apple orchards. PeerJ [blog post]
Smith TJ, Saunders ME (2016) Honey bees: the queens of mass media, despite minority rule among insect pollinators. Insect Conservation & Diversity. [blog post]
Saunders ME, Peisley RK, Rader R, Luck GW (2016) Pollinators, pests, and predators: Recognizing ecological trade-offs in agroecosystems. AMBIO. [blog post]
Saunders ME (2016) Resource connectivity for beneficial insects in landscapes dominated by monoculture tree crop plantations. International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability. [blog post]
Peisley RK, Saunders ME, Luck GW (2015) A systematic review of the benefits and costs of bird and insect activity in agroecosystems. Springer Science Reviews. [blog post]
Saunders ME (2015) Stone structures as potential aggregation sites for coccinellids in managed landscapes. The Victorian Naturalist. [blog post]
Saunders ME, Luck GW, Gurr GM (2015) Keystone resources available to wild pollinators in a winter-flowering tree crop plantation. Agricultural and Forest Entomology. [blog post]
Saunders ME, Luck GW (2014) Spatial and temporal variation in pollinator community structure relative to a woodland-almond plantation edge. Agricultural and Forest Entomology. [blog post]
Luck GW, Spooner PG, Watson DM, Watson SJ, Saunders ME (2014) Interactions between almond plantations and native ecosystems: lessons learned from north-western Victoria. Ecological Management and Restoration.
Saunders ME, Luck GW, Mayfield MM (2013) Almond orchards with living ground cover host more wild insect pollinators. Journal of Insect Conservation. [blog post]
Saunders ME, Luck GW (2013) Pan trap catches of pollinator insects vary with habitat. Australian Journal of Entomology. [blog post]
Dhileepan K, Trevino M, Bayliss D, Saunders M, Shortus M, McCarthy J, Snow EL, Walter GH (2010) Introduction and establishment of Carvalhotingis visenda (Hemiptera: Tingidae) as a biological control agent for cat’s claw creeper Macfadyena unguis-cati (Bignoniaceae) in Australia. Biological Control.
Cunningham S, Rader R, Saunders M (2016) Agricultural Beescapes. In AgGuide: Australian Native Bees, New South Wales Department of Primary Industries.
Saunders ME, Rader R, Cunningham S (2014) Forgotten pollinators: challenges for managing wild pollinators in Australian agricultural landscapes. Hot Topics in Ecology, Ecological Society of Australia.
Saunders ME, Rader R, Ryder D, Cacho O (2017) Holistic ecosystem services networks in multifunctional landscapes. Ecological Society of Australia, Pokolbin, 26 November-1 December 2017.
Saunders ME (2017) Insects and ecosystem services: complex interactions and knowledge gaps. Australian Entomological Society, Terrigal, 17-20 September 2017.
Saunders ME (2016) Wind-pollinated plants in plant-pollinated networks. Ecological Society of Australia, Fremantle, 28 November-2 December 2016.
Saunders ME, Luck GW (2015) Net outcomes of arthropod activity in apple orchards. Ecological Society of Australia, Adelaide, 29 November-3 December 2015.
Saunders ME, Peisley RK, Luck GW (2015) Costs vs benefits of birds and insects in agricultural landscapes. Case study: south-east Australian apple orchards. Biodiversity Across the Borders, Federation University, Ballarat, 12 June 2015.
Saunders ME (2014) Wild pollinator communities in almond plantations and mallee woodlands. 45th Australian Entomological Society AGM & scientific conference, Canberra, 28 September-1 October 2014.
Saunders ME, Luck GW (2013) Pan trap catches of pollinator insects vary with habitat context. Southern Connection Congress, University of Otago, Dunedin, 21-25 January 2013.
Saunders ME, Luck GW, Mayfield MM (2012) Living ground cover influences native pollinator abundance in commercial almond orchards. 1st Apimondia ApiEcoFlora Symposium, San Marino, 4-6 October 2012.
Editorial Board: Agricultural and Forest Entomology
Peer review: Publons profile