Dr. Ellie Dyer
- 2016–2018: Postdoctoral Researcher - Institute of Zoology ZSL and University College London.
- 2012–2015: PhD Candidate - Institute of Zoology ZSL and University College London.
- 2010–Present: Coordinator, GAVIA: Global Avian Invasions Atlas Project, Institute of Zoology ZSL.
- 2009–2010: Research Intern, Sampled Red List Index , Institute of Zoology ZSL.
- 2007–2008: Environmental Manager, Bedruthan Steps, Cornwall.
- 2006–2007: MSc Zoo Conservation Biology, University of Plymouth.
- 2006: Research Assistant, the Scottish Centre for Ecology and the Natural Environment, Loch Lomond (University of Glasgow).
- 2003–2006: BSc Animal Science: Behaviour and Welfare, University of Plymouth.
GAVIA - Global Avian Invasions Atlas Project:
The human-mediated introduction of animals into new areas is a key driver of species extinctions and global environmental change, and a major drain on economic resources. Preventing new invasions is the best way to minimize their impact, but this requires understanding the factors influencing whether or not species establish and spread in foreign environments.
To this end, Professor Tim Blackburn and I created a novel, spatially referenced, global data set on the distributions of alien birds. The GAVIA database currently comprises over 27,000 distribution records for over 900 alien bird species, based on over 700 published references and substantial unpublished information derived from consultation with over 600 organisations and experts worldwide. GAVIA was initiated to provide a unified database of records on alien bird introductions, incorporating records from all stages of invasion, including introductions that have failed as well as those that have succeeded. GAVIA represents the most comprehensive resource on the global distribution of alien species in any major taxon, allowing the spatial and temporal dynamics of alien bird distributions to be examined.
Seebens, H., Blackburn, T.M., Dyer, E.E., et al. (2018). The global rise in emerging alien species results from increased accessibility of new source pools. PNAS.
Thibault, M., Vidal, E., Potter, M.A., Dyer, E.E. & Brescia, F. (2018) The red-vented bulbul (Pycnonotus cafer): serious pest or understudied invader? Biological Invasions, 1-16.
Dyer, E.E., Cassey, P., Redding, D.W., Collen, B., Franks, V., Gaston, K.J., Jones, K.E., Kark, S., Orme, C.D.L. & Blackburn, T.M. (2017). The global distribution and drivers of alien bird species richness. PLoS Biology, 15, e2000942.
Dyer, E.E., Redding, D.W. & Blackburn, T.M. (2017). The Global Avian Invasions Atlas, a database of alien bird distributions worldwide. Scientific Data, 4, 170041.
Seebens, H., Blackburn, T.M., Dyer, E.E., et al. (2017). No saturation of the accumulation of alien species worldwide. Nature Communications, 8, 14435.
Dawson, W., Moser, D., van Kleunen, M., Kreft, H., Pergl, J., Pyšek, P., Weigelt, P., Winter, M., Lenzner, B., Blackburn, T.M., Dyer, E.E., et al. (2017). Global hotspots and correlates of alien species richness across taxonomic groups. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 1, 0186.
Su, S., Cassey, P., Dyer, E.E. & Blackburn, T.M. (2017). Geographic range expansion of alien birds and environmental matching. Ibis, 159, 193-203.
Dyer, E.E., Franks, V., Cassey, P., Collen, B., Cope, R.C., Jones, K.E., Sekerçioglu, C.H. & Blackburn, T.M. (2016). A global analysis of the determinants of alien geographical range size in birds. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 25, 1346–1355.
Dyer, E.E., Redding, D.W. & Blackburn, T.M. (2016). The Global Avian Invasions Atlas - A database of alien bird distributions worldwide. bioRxiv, 090035.
Blackburn, T.M., Dyer, E.E., Su, S. & Cassey, P. (2015). Long after the event, or four things we (should) know about bird invasions. Journal of Ornithology, 156 supplement 1, 15-25.
Cassey, P., Vall-Ilosera, M., Dyer, E.E. & Blackburn, T.M. (2015). The biogeography of avian invasions: history, accident and market trade. In J. Canning Clode (Ed.), Biological Invasions in Changing Ecosystems: Vectors, Ecological Impacts, Management and Predictions. Warsaw: de Gruyter Open.
Evans, T., Kumschick, S., Dyer, E.E. & Blackburn, T.M. (2014). Comparing determinants of alien bird impacts across two continents: implications for risk assessment and management. Ecology & Evolution, 4, 2957-2967.
Collen, B., Whitton, F., Dyer, E.E., Baillie, J. E. M., Cumberlidge, N., Darwall, W. R. T., Pollock, C., Richman, N. I., Soulsby, A.-M. & Böhm, M. (2014). Global patterns of freshwater species diversity, threat and endemism. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 23, 40–51.
Fontoura P.M., Dyer E.E., Blackburn T.M. & Orsi M.L. (2013). Non-native bird species in Brazil. Neotropical Biology and Conservation, 8(3), 165-175.