Qualifications & Publications

Doctor of Philosophy (Ecology), Charles Sturt University 2014

Thesis: Wild pollinator communities of native woodlands and commercial almond plantations in a semi-arid Australian landscape: Implications for conservation of insects and ecosystem services [MESaunders Thesis 2014]

Bachelor of Environmental Science (Ecology) Hons University  of Queensland 2008

Bachelor of Arts (English & Communication) University of Queensland 2001

Journal articles:

Saunders ME (2017) Bees visiting unopened flowers: bumbling burglars or sneaky pollinators? Ecology.

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.

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]

Saunders ME (2016) An observation of adult parasitic wasps (Diapriidae sp.) visiting Melichrus urceolatus (Ericaceae) flowers in an endangered woodland remnant. Cunninghamia. [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.

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.

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.

Book Chapters:

Cunningham S, Rader R, Saunders M (2016) Agricultural Beescapes. In AgGuide: Australian Native Bees, New South Wales Department of Primary Industries.

Other:

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.

Conference presentations:

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; Functional Diversity

Member: Ecological Society of Australia; Australian Entomological Society; Royal Entomological Society; Field Naturalist’s Club of Victoria

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