Dr Andrew D Barnes

Andrew Barnes

Senior Lecturer (Biological Sciences)

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About Andrew

Qualifications: BSc, MSc University of Canterbury, PhD University of Goettingen

Associate Editor for Diversity and Distributions

Papers Taught

Research Interests

I am a community ecologist with a particular focus on trophic interactions in both belowground and aboveground invertebrate communities. My research centres on three major topics:

  • Global change ecology – impacts of drivers such as land use and climate change on community structure and ecosystem functioning.
  • Food web ecology – using energy flux in food webs to understand ecological impacts of environmental change.
  • Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning – investigating the relationship between biodiversity and ecological processes in multi-trophic systems.

See my Google Scholar page for a full list of publications.

Current Vacancies

There are currently no funded PhD positions available. If you are thinking of pursuing a Master's degree and are interested in the above research topics, please get in contact and we can discuss possibilities for thesis projects.

Research Supervised


Nigel Binks (in progress). Vertebrate predator effects on belowground invertebrate metacommunities from forest fragments to pasture.

Fevziye Hasan (in progress). Investigating species traits, interactions, and ecosystem services of novel dung beetle communities in New Zealand grasslands.

Bibishan Rai (in progress). Illuminating the dark side of restoration: Soil food web reassembly in regenerating forests.


Grace Mitchell (in progress). Reassembly of microbial and micro-arthropod communities along an urban forest restoration chronosequence.

Shaun Morgan (2019). Interactive effects of invasive species control and landscape configuration on exotic mammals and native birds.

Recent Publications

  • Grass, I., Kubitza, C., Krishna, V. V., Corre, M. D., Mußhoff, O., Pütz, P., . . . Wollni, M. (2020). Trade-offs between multifunctionality and profit in tropical smallholder landscapes. Nature Communications, 11(1). doi:10.1038/s41467-020-15013-5

  • Potapov, A. M., Dupérré, N., Jochum, M., Dreczko, K., Klarner, B., Barnes, A. D., . . . Scheu, S. (2020). Functional losses in ground spider communities due to habitat structure degradation under tropical land-use change. Ecology, 101(3), 14 pages. doi:10.1002/ecy.2957 Open Access version:

  • Potapov, A. M., Dupérré, N., Jochum, M., Dreczko, K., Klarner, B., Barnes, A. D., . . . Scheu, S. (2020). Ground Spider Communities Under Tropical Land‐Use Change. The Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America, 101(2). doi:10.1002/bes2.1668

  • Ebeling, A., Lind, E. W., Meyer, S. T., Barnes, A. D., Borer, E. T., Eisenhauer, N., & Weisser, W. W. (2020). Contrasting effects of plant diversity on β‐ and γ‐diversity of grassland invertebrates. Ecology. doi:10.1002/ecy.3057

Find more research publications by Andrew Barnes


Biology; Ecology; Environmental Change

Species Interactions

Contact Details

Room: FG.16b
Phone: +64 7 838 4460