Associate Professor Ben Moore

Ben Moore is an ecologist broadly interested in plant-animal interactions, chemical ecology and the causes and consequences of variation in plant chemistry. He is particularly interested in the chemical, nutritional and physiological ecology of Australian marsupials, like the koala, that feed on Eucalyptus. What adaptations and strategies have these animals adopted that allow them to survive on this challenging diet? How is climate and landscape change altering the ecology of these interactions? And how does the quality of Eucalyptus as food for herbivores vary across the landscape and through time?

Ben completed his honours degree in zoology at the University of Melbourne and then obtained his Ph.D. from the Australian National University (Canberra).  He then spent 2.5 years at James Cook University in Townsville and 5 years at the James Hutton Institute in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Teaching, expertise

Bushfires (opens in a new window), Ecology, Nutritional and Chemical Ecology, Plant-animal interactions, Koala conservation, Fauna and biodiversity, ecosystem effects of plant secondary metabolites.

Ben coordinates 300853 Animal Nutrition and Feeding and helps to coordinate 301257 Vertebrate Zoology. He contributes to 300839 Ecology, 300909 Biological Adaptation to Climate Change and 300855 Conservation Biology.

Awards and Recognition.

  • Contributed to the report of the NSW Legislative Council Portfolio Committee No. 7 – Planning and Environment, entitled ‘Koala populations and habitat in New South Wales’. The report was tabled with the Clerk of the Parliaments on 30 June 2020.
  • Invited to participate in an Office of Environment & Heritage Scientific Review Panel. The panel is developing a state-wide probability surface of Koala Habitat Suitability as part of the NSW Koala Strategy

Grants/Current Projects

Understanding the confluence of Eucalyptus dieback and koala habitat in NSW - Stage 1 
Co-Researchers: Rachael Nolan, Brendan Choat, Rachael Gallagher, Belinda Medlyn, Matthias Boer
Partner/Funding Body: NSW Department of Planning and Environment
Period: 2023-2024

Understanding the confluence of Eucalyptus dieback and koala habitat in NSW - literature review 
Co-Researchers: Rachael Nolan, Brendan Choat, Rachael Gallagher, Belinda Medlyn, Matthias Boer
Partner/Funding Body: NSW Department of Planning and Environment
Period: 2023-2024

Spatial services to support the NSW koala strategy
Co-Researcher: -
Partner/funding body: NSW Department of Planning and Environment

Period: 2022

Partner/Funding Body: Horticulture Innovation Australia [via Plant & Food Research Australia Pty Limited]
Period: 2022-2026

Crop and varietal data to better understand the importance of pollination
Co-Researchers: James Makinson, Sally Power, Markus Riegler and James Cook
Partner/Funding Body: Horticulture Innovation Australia [via Plant & Food Research Australia Pty Limited]
Period: 2022-2026

Improving the feedbase for rescued and rehabilitation koalas
Co-Researchers: Bill Price, Allan Torres and Jeffrey Zou
Partner/funding body: Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
Period: 2022-2024

Impacts of climate extremes on the productivity, nutritional characteristics and persistence of perennial legumes and mixtures
Co-Researchers: Sally Power and Elise Pendall
Partner/funding body: MLA Donor Company Limited
Period: 2022-2025

Development of koala probiotics to improve rehabilitation success
Partner/Funding Body: Brisbane City Council [via The University of Queensland]
Period: 2022

Provision of advice regarding the protection of koala populations associated with the Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan
Partner/Funding Body: Investment NSW
Period: 2021

Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan - Research Strategy and Implementation
Co-Researchers: Paul Rymer, Uffe Nielsen, Rachael Nolan, Elise Pendall, Jeff Powell, Yolima Carrillo, Catriona Macdonald, Ben Moore, Markus Riegler, Neil Perry and Juan Salazar
Partner/Funding Body: NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
Period: 2021-2025

Development of Blue-banded bees as managed buzz pollinators
Co-Researchers: Ben Moore, Markus Riegler, Robert Spooner-Hart and Michelle Mak
Partner/funding body: Horticulture Innovation Australia
Period: 2021-2026

Assessing the effects of regeneration harvesting on koala density using acoustics and faecal DNA
Partner/Funding Body: Natural Resources Commission
Period: 2020

Using molecular and chemical faecal analysis to understand koala diet composition and the contribution of regenerating forests to koala nutrition
Co-Researcher: Michaela Blyton
Partner/Funding Body: NSW Natural Resources Commission
Period: 2019-2021

Understanding and mapping how thermal and dietary constraints combine to restrict koala habitat and determine refugia
Co-Researcher:  Chris Turbill
Partner/Funding Body: NSW Office of Environment and Heritage
Period: 2019-2021

Community Sustainability Action Grant ‘What do koalas really eat? Novel characterisation of koala diets and habitat quality using faecal molecular analysis
Co-Researcher: Michaela Blyton
Partner/Funding Body: Community Sustainability Action
Period: 2017-2019

Sustainable pasture systems under climate extremes
Co-Researchers: Sally Power, Mark Tjoelker, Elise Pendall, David Tissue, Jeff Powell, Ian Anderson, Catriona Macdonald, Brajesh Singh, Yolima Carrillo Espanol and Jonathan Plett
Partner/funding body: MLA Donor Company Limited and Dairy Australia
Period: 2017-2020

The koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) faecal bacterial microbiome; does change in diet impact community structure?
Co-Researcher: Kylie Brice
Partner/Funding Body: Royal Zoo Society
Period: 2015-2017

Rehabilitating a changing landscape: using the latest advances in koala ecology to direct adaptive management
Funding Body: Australian Research Council Linkage [via The University of Sydney]
Period: 2014-2017

Temperature-dependent toxicity of plant secondary compounds to mammalian herbivores
Partner/Funding Body: Australian Research Council Discovery [via The Australian National University]
Period: 2014-2016

Understanding the koala microbiome: unlocking the secrets of koala health and dietary specialisation, and successful husbandry and translocation
Partner/Funding Body: Australian Research Council Linkage
Period: 2014-2018

Get tough, get toxic or get a bodyguard: How root herbivores shape grass defences
Co-Researcher: Scott Johnson
Partner/Funding Body: Australian Research Council Discovery
Period: 2014-2016

Psyllid-induced dieback of Grey Box (Eucalyptus moluccana) on the Cumberland Plain
Co-researchers: Markus Riegler, James Cook and Paul Rymer
Partner/Funding Body: Environmental Trust, Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust
Period: 2013-2015

High-throughput sample preparation robotics to enable emerging large-scale plant genomics, metabolomics and proteomics research
Co-researchers: David Tissue, David Ellsworth, Markus Riegler and Paul Rymer
Partner/Funding Body: Australian Research Council LIEF [via The Australian National University]
Period: 2013-2014

Genotypic and chemotypic diversity of Eucalyptus moluccana and its role in psyllid caused dieback
Co-researchers: Markus Riegler and Paul Rymer
Partner/Funding Body: Bjarne K Dahl Trust
Period: 2013

Selected publications

Book chapters

Gordon IJ, Prins HHT, Mallon J, Puk LD, Miranda EBP, Starling-Marine C, van der Wal R, Moore B, Foley W, Lush L, Maestri R, Matsuda I, Clauss M, (2019) 'The ecology of browsing and grazing in other vertebrate taxa', In: Gordon IJ, Prins HT (eds.) The Ecology of Browsing and Grazing II. Springer International Publishing

Moore BD, De Gabriel JL, (2012) 'Integrating the effects of PSMs on vertebrate herbivores across spatial and temporal scales', In: Iason G R, Dicke M, Hartley SE (eds.) The Ecology of Plant Secondary Metabolites: From Genes to Global Processes. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Iason GR, Moore BD, Lennon JJ, Stockan JA, Osler GHR, Russell JR, Campbell CD, Sim DA, Beaton JR, (2012) 'Plant secondary metabolite polymorphisms and the extended chemical phenotype', In: Iason GR, Dicke M, Hartley SE (eds.) The Ecology of Plant Secondary Metabolites: From Genes to Global Processes. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Moore BD, Wallis IR, Marsh KJ, Foley WJ, (2004) 'The role of nutrition in the conservation of the marsupial folivores of eucalypt forests', In: Lunney D. (ed.) Conservation of Australia's Forest Fauna. 2nd ed. Mosman, NSW: Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales

Foley W J, Lawler IR, Moore BD, Marsh KJ, Wallis IR, (2004) 'Diet selection in marsupial folivores of Eucalyptus: the role of plant secondary metabolites', In: Goldingay RL, Jackson SM (eds.) The Biology of Australian Possums and Gliders. Chipping Norton, New South Wales: Surrey Beatty & Sons

Foley WJ, Lawler IR, Moore BD, Wallis IR, (2004) 'Ecological, Physiological and Behavioural Interactions between Marsupial Folivores and Eucalyptus Antifeedants', In: Acamovic T, Stewart CS, Pennycott TW (eds) Poisonous Plants and Related Toxins. CABI Publishing, Wallingford, UK.

Journal articles

Beale PK, Foley WJ, Moore BD, Marsh KJ, (2023) 'Warmer ambient temperatures reduce protein intake by a mammalian folivore', Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, vol.378, no.1891, Article no.20220543

Blyton MDJ, Pascoe J, Hynes E, Soo RM, Hugenholtz P, Moore BD, (2023) 'The koala gut microbiome is largely unaffected by host translocation but rather influences host diet', Frontiers in Microbiology, vol.14, Article no.1085090

Eisenhofer R, Brice KL, Blyton MD, Bevins SE, Leigh K, Singh BK, Helgen KM, Hough I, Daniels CB, Speight N, Moore BD, (2023) 'Individuality and stability of the koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) faecal microbiota through time', PeerJ,  11:e14598

George L, Catunda KLM, Wuhrer R, Fanna DJ, Moran K, Moore BD, (2023) 'The Use of Correlative Micro-CT and XRM to Locate and Identify Dense Structures in Plant Material', Microscopy and Microanalysis, vol.29, Suppl 1, pp 868–871

Ryalls JMW, Gherlenda AN, Rowe RC, Moore BD, Johnson SN, (2023) 'Silicon supplementation and jasmonate activation synergistically increase phenolic defences against a legume herbivore', Journal of Ecology, vol.111, no.10, pp 2208-2217

Beale PK, Connors PK, Dearing MD, Moore BD, Krockenberger AK, Foley WJ, Marsh KJ, (2022) 'Warmer Ambient Temperatures Depress Detoxification and Food Intake by Marsupial Folivores', Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, vol.10, Article no.888550

Blyton MDJ, Soo RM, Hugenholtz P, Moore BD, (2022) 'Characterization of the juvenile koala gut microbiome across wild populations', Environmental Microbiology, vol.24, no.9, pp 4209-4219

Blyton MDJ, Soo RM, Hugenholtz P, Moore BD, (2022) 'Maternal inheritance of the koala gut microbiome and its compositional and functional maturation during juvenile development', Environmental Microbiology, vol.24, no.1, pp 475-493

Blyton MDJ, Young PR, Moore BD, Chappell KJ, (2022) 'Geographic patterns of koala retrovirus genetic diversity, endogenization, and subtype distributions', PNAS, vol.119, no.33, e2122680119

Catunda KLM, Churchill AC, Power SA, Moore BD, (2022) 'Near infrared spectroscopy calibration strategies to predict multiple nutritional parameters of pasture species from different functional groups', Journal of Near Infrared Spectroscopy, Volume 30, Issue 5

Churchill AC, Zhang H, Fuller KJ, Amiji B, Anderson IC, Barton CVM, Carrillo Y, Catunda KLM, Chandregowda MH, Igwenagu C, Jacob V, Kim GW, Macdonald CA, Medlyn BE, Moore BD, Pendall E, Plett JM, Post AK, Powell JR, Tissue DT, Tjoelker MG, Power SA, (2022) 'Pastures and Climate Extremes: Impacts of Cool Season Warming and Drought on the Productivity of Key Pasture Species in a Field Experiment', Frontiers in Plant Science, vol.13, Article no.836968

Crowther MS, Rus AI, Mella VSA, Krockenberger MB, Lindsay J, Moore BD, McArthur C, (2022) 'Patch quality and habitat fragmentation shape the foraging patterns of a specialist folivore', Behavioral Ecology, vol.33, no.5, pp 1007–1017

Egli D, Havey KJ, Moore BD, Mitchell C, Olckers T, (2022) 'Variations in chemical defences and patterns of natural enemy attack between native and introduced populations of fireweed (Senecio madagascariensis): Implications for biological control', Austral Ecology, vol.47, no.2, pp 428-439

Islam T, Moore BD, Johnson SN, (2022) 'Silicon suppresses a ubiquitous mite herbivore and promotes natural enemy attraction by altering plant volatile blends', Journal of Pest Science, vol.95, pp 423-434

Islam T, Moore BD, Johnson SN, (2022) 'Plant silicon defences reduce the performance of a chewing insect herbivore which benefits a contemporaneous sap-feeding insect', Ecological Entomology, vol.47, no.6, pp 951-958

Downie J, Taylor AFS, Iason G, Moore B, Silvertown J, Cavers S, Ennos R, (2021) 'Location, but not defensive genotype, determines ectomycorrhizal community composition in Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) seedlings', Ecology and Evolution, vol.11, no.9, pp 4826-4842

Falster DS*, Gallagher RV*, Wenk E, Wright IJ, Indiarto D, Andrew SC, Baxter C, Lawson J, Allen S, Fuchs A, Monro A, Kar F, Adams MA, Ahrens CW, Alfonzetti M, Angevin T, Apgaua DMG, Arndt A, Atkin OK, Atkinson J, Auld TD, Baker A, von Balthazar M, Bean A, Blackman CJ, Bloomfield K, Bowman DMJS, Bragg J, Brodribb TJ, Buckton G, Burrows G, Caldwell E, Camac J, Carpenter R, Catford JA, Cawthray GR, Cernusak LA, Chandler G, Chapman AR, Cheal D, Cheesman AW, Chen S-C, Choat B, Clinton B, Clode PL, Coleman H, Cornwell WK, Cosgrove M, Crisp M, Cross E, Crous KY, Cunningham S, Curran T, Curtis E, Daws MI, DeGabriel JL, Denton MD, Dong N, Du P, Duan H, Duncan DH, Duncan RP, Duretto M, Dwyer JM, Edwards C, Esperon-Rodriguez M, Evans JR, Everingham SE, Farrell C, Firn J, Fonseca CR, French BJ, Frood D, Funk JL, Geange SR, Ghannoum O, Gleason SM, Gosper CR, Gray E, Groom PK, Grootemaat S, Gross C, Guerin G, Guja L, Hahs AK, Harrison MT, Hayes PE, Henery M, Hochuli D, Howell J, Huang G, Hughes L, Huisman J, Ilic J, Jagdish A, Jin D, Jordan G, Jurado E, Kanowski J, Kasel S, Kellermann J, Kenny B, Kohout M, Kooyman RM, Kotowska MM, Lai HR, Laliberté E, Lambers H, Lamont BB, Lanfear R, van Langevelde F, Laughlin DC, Laugier-Kitchener B-A, Laurance S, Lehmann CER, Leigh A, Leishman MR, Lenz T, Lepschi B, Lewis JD, Lim F, Liu U, Lord J, Lusk CH, Macinnis-Ng C, McPherson H, Magallón S, Manea A, López-Martinez A, Mayfield M, McCarthy JK, Meers T, van der Merwe M, Metcalfe DJ, Milberg P, Mokany K, Moles AT, Moore BD, Moore N, Morgan JW, Morris W, Muir A, Munroe S, Nicholson A, Nicolle D, Nicotra AB, Niinemets Ü, North T, O’Reilly-Nugent A, O’Sullivan OS, Oberle B, Onoda Y, Ooi MKJ, Osborne CP, Paczkowska G, Pekin B, Guilherme Pereira C, Pickering C, Pickup M, Pollock LJ, Poot P, Powell JR, Power SA, Prentice IC, Prior L, Prober SM, Read J, Reynolds V, Richards AE, Richardson B, Roderick ML, Rosell JA, Rossetto M, Rye B, Rymer PD, Sams MA, Sanson G, Sauquet H, Schmidt S, Schönenberger J, Schulze E-D, Sendall K, Sinclair S, Smith B, Smith R, Soper F, Sparrow B, Standish RJ, Staples TL, Stephens R, Szota C, Taseski G, Tasker E, Thomas F, Tissue DT, Tjoelker MG, Tng DYP, de Tombeur F, Tomlinson K, Turner NC, Veneklaas EJ, Venn S, Vesk P, VlasveldC , Vorontsova MS, Warren CA, Warwick N, Weerasinghe LK, Wells J, Westoby M, White M, Williams NSG, Wills J, Wilson PG, Yates C, Zanne AE, Zemunik G, Ziemińska K, (2021) 'AusTraits, a curated plant trait database for the Australian flora', Scientific Data, vol.8, no.1, Article no.254

Johnson SN, Hartley SE, Moore BD, (2021) 'Silicon Defence in Plants: Does Herbivore Identity Matter?', Trends in Plant Science, vol.26, no.2, pp 99-101

Marsh KJ, Blyton MDJ, Foley WJ, Moore BD, (2021) 'Fundamental dietary specialisation explains differential use of resources within a koala population', Oecologia, vol.196, no.3, pp 795-803

Wagner B, Baker PJ, Moore BD, Nitschke CR, (2021) 'Mapping canopy nitrogen-scapes to assess foraging habitat for a vulnerable arboreal folivore in mixed-species Eucalyptus forests', Ecology and Evolution, vol.11, no.24, pp 18401-18421

Zhang H, Powell JR, Plett JM, Churchill AC, Power SA, Macdonald CA, Jacob V, Kim GW, Pendall E, Tissue D, Catunda KM, Igwenagu C, Carrillo Y, Moore BD, Anderson IC, (2021) 'Climate warming negates arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal reductions in soil phosphorus leaching with tall fescue but not lucerne', Soil Biology and Biochemistry, vol.152, Article no.108075

Zhang H, Powell JR, Power SA, Churchill AC, Plett JM, Macdonald CA, Jacob V, Kim GW, Pendall E, Tissue DT, Catunda KLM, Igwenagu C, Carrillo Y, Moore BD, Anderson IC, (2021) 'Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal-mediated reductions in N2O emissions were not impacted by experimental warming for two common pasture species', Pedobiologia, vol.s 87-88, Article no.150744

Au J, Youngentob KN, Foley WJ, Moore BD, Fearn T, (2020) 'Sample selection, calibration and validation of models developed from a large dataset of near infrared spectra of tree leaves', Journal of Near Infrared Spectroscopy, vol.28, no.4, pp 186-203

Champagne E, Moore BD, Cote SD, Tremblay JP, (2020) 'Intraspecific variation in nutritional traits of neighbouring plants generates a continuum of associational effects', Journal of Vegetation Science, vol.31, no.5, pp 920-933

Crowther MS, Dargan JR, Madani G, Rus AI, Krockenberger MB, McArthur C, Moore B, Lunney D, Mella VSA, (2020) 'Comparison of three methods of estimating the population size of an arboreal mammal in a fragmented rural landscape', Wildlife Research, vol.48, no.2, pp 105-114

Hiltpold I, Moore BD, Johnson SN, (2020) 'Elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations alter root morphology and reduce the effectiveness of entomopathogenic nematodes', Plant and Soil, vol.447, pp 29-38

Islam T, Moore BD, Johnson SN, (2020) 'Novel evidence for systemic induction of silicon defences in cucumber following attack by a global insect herbivore', Ecological Entomology, vol.45, no.6, pp 1373-1381

Jiang M, Medlyn BE, Drake JE, Duursma RA, Anderson IC, Barton CVM, Boer MM, Carrillo Y, Castaneda-Gomez L, Collins L, Crous KY, De Kauwe MG, dos Santos BM, Emmerson KM, Facey SL, Gherlenda AN, Gimeno TE, Hasegawa S, Johnson SN, Kannaste A, Macdonald CA, Mahmud K, Moore BD, Nazaries L, Neilson EHJ, Nielsen UN, Niinemets U, Noh NJ, Ochoa-Hueso R, Pathare VS, Pendall E, Pihlblad J, Pineiro J, Powell JR, Power SA, Reich PB, Renchon AA, Riegler M, Rinnan R, Rymer PD, Salomon RL, Singh BK, Smith B, Tjoelker MG, Walker JKM, Wujeska-Klause A, Yang JY, Zaehle S, Ellsworth DS, (2020) 'The fate of carbon in a mature forest under carbon dioxide enrichment', Nature, vol.580, no.7802, pp 227-231

Blyton MDJ, Soo RM, Whisson D, Marsh KJ, Pascoe J, Le Pla M, Foley W, Hugenholtz P, Moore BD, (2019) 'Faecal inoculations alter the gastrointestinal microbiome and allow dietary expansion in a wild specialist herbivore, the koala', Animal Microbiome, vol.1, Article no.6

Brice KL, Trivedi P, Jeffries TC, Blyton MDJ, Mitchell C, Singh BK, Moore BD, (2019) 'The Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) faecal microbiome differs with diet in a wild population' Peer Journal, vol 7, e6534

Johnson SN, Reynolds OL, Gurr GM, Esveld JL, Moore BD, Tory GJ, Gherlenda AN, (2019) 'When resistance is futile, tolerate instead: Silicon promotes plant compensatory growth when attacked by above- And belowground herbivores', Biology Letters, vol.15, no.7, Article no.20190361

Johnson SN, Ryalls JMW, Barton CVM, Tjoelker MG, Wright IJ, Moore BD, (2019) 'Climate warming and plant biomechanical defences: Silicon addition contributes to herbivore suppression in a pasture grass', Functional Ecology, vol.33, no.4, pp 587-596

Marschner C, Krockenberger MB, Higgins DP, Mitchell C, Moore B, (2019) 'Ingestion and Absorption of Eucalypt Monoterpenes in the Specialist Feeder, the Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus)', Journal of Chemical Ecology, vol.45, no.9, pp 798-807

Wu H, Levin N, Seabrook L, Moore BD, McAlpine C, (2019) 'Mapping foliar nutrition using WorldView-3 and WorldView-2 to assess koala habitat suitability', Remote Sensing, vol.11, no.3, Article no.215

Beale PK, Marsh KJ, Foley WJ, Moore BD, (2018) 'A hot lunch for herbivores: physiological effects of elevated temperatures on mammalian feeding ecology', Biological Reviews, vol.93, no.1, pp 674-692

Champagne E, Moore BD, Cote SD, Tremblay JP, (2018) 'Spatial correlations between browsing on balsam fir by white-tailed deer and the nutritional value of neighboring winter forage', Ecology and Evolution, vol.8, no.5, pp 2812-2823

Garnick S, Di Stefano J, Moore BD, Davis NE, Elgar MA, Coulson G, (2018) 'Interspecific and intraspecific relationships between body mass and diet quality in a macropodid community', Journal of Mammalogy, vol.99, no.2, pp 428-439

Johnson SN, Glauser G, Hiltpold I, Moore BD, Ryalls JMW, (2018) 'Root herbivore performance suppressed when feeding on a jasmonate-induced pasture grass', Ecological Entomology, vol.43, no.4, pp 547-550

Ryalls JMW, Moore BD, Johnson SN, (2018) 'Silicon uptake by a pasture grass experiencing simulated grazing is greatest under elevated precipitation', BMC Ecology, vol.18, no.1, Article no.53

Ryalls JMW, Moore BD, Johnson SN, Connor M, Hiltpold I, (2018) 'Root responses to domestication, precipitation and silicification: weeping meadow grass simplifies and alters toughness', Plant and Soil, vol.427, no.s 1-2, pp 291-304, Special Issue: SI

Gordon CE, Eldridge DJ, Ripple WJ, Crowther MS, Moore BD, Letnic M, (2017) 'Shrub encroachment is linked to extirpation of an apex predator', Journal of Animal Ecology, vol.86, no.1, pp 147-157

Gordon CE, Moore BD, Letnic M, (2017) 'Temporal and spatial trends in the abundances of an apex predator, introduced mesopredator and ground-nesting bird are consistent with the mesopredator release hypothesis', Biodiversity and Conservation, vol.26, no.6, pp 1445-1462

Moore BD, Johnson SN, (2017) 'Get Tough, Get Toxic, or Get a Bodyguard: Identifying Candidate Traits Conferring Belowground Resistance to Herbivores in Grasses', Frontiers in Plant Science, vol.7, Article 1925

Ryalls JMW, Moore B, Riegler M, Bromfield LM, Hall AAG, Johnson SN, (2017) 'Climate and atmospheric change impacts on sap-feeding herbivores: a mechanistic explanation based on functional groups of primary metabolites', Functional Ecology, vol.31, no.1, pp 161-171

Adams-Hosking C, Mcbride MF, Baxter G, Burgman M, de Villiers D, Kavanagh R, Lawler I, Lunney D, Melzer A, Menkhorst P, Molsher R, Moore BD, Phalen D, Rhodes JR, Todd C, Whisson D, Mcalpine CA, (2016) 'Use of expert knowledge to elicit population trends for the koala (Phascolarctos cinereus)', Diversity and Distributions, vol.22, no.3, pp 249-262

Gherlenda AN, Crous KY, Moore BD, Haigh AM, Johnson SN, Riegler M, (2016) 'Precipitation, not CO2 enrichment, drives insect herbivore frass deposition and subsequent nutrient dynamics in a mature Eucalyptus woodland', Plant and Soil, vol.399, no.s 1-2, pp 29-39

Gherlenda AN, Haigh AM, Moore BD, Johnson SN, Riegler M, (2016) 'Climate change, nutrition and immunity: Effects of elevated CO2 and temperature on the immune function of an insect herbivore', Journal of Insect Physiology, vol.85, pp 57-64

Gherlenda AN, Moore BD, Haigh AM, Johnson SN, Riegler M, (2016) 'Insect herbivory in a mature Eucalyptus woodland canopy depends on leaf phenology but not CO2 enrichment', BMC Ecology, vol.16, Article no.47

Hiltpold I, Moore BD, Johnson SN, (2016) 'Novel In vitro procedures for rearing a root-feeding pest (Heteronychus arator) of grasslands', Frontiers in Plant Science, vol.7, Article no. 1316

Ryalls JMW, Moore BD, Riegler M, Johnson SN, (2016) 'Above-belowground herbivore interactions in mixed plant communities are influenced by altered precipitation patterns', Frontiers in Plant Science, vol.7, Article no.345

Moore BD, Wiggins NL, Marsh KJ, Dearing MD, Foley WJ, (2015) 'Translating physiological signals to changes in feeding behaviour in mammals and the future effects of global climate change', Animal Production Science, vol.55, no.3, pp 272-283

Ryalls JMW, Moore BD, Riegler R, Gherlenda AN, Johnson SN, (2015) 'Amino acid-mediated impacts of elevated carbon dioxide and simulated root herbivory on aphids are neutralized by increased air temperatures' Journal of Experimental Botany, vol.66, no.2, pp 613-623

DeGabriel JL, Moore BD, Felton AM, Ganzhorn JU, Stolter C, Wallis IR, Johnson CN, Foley WJ, (2014) 'Translating nutritional ecology from the laboratory to the field: Milestones in linking plant chemistry to population regulation in mammalian browsers', Oikos, vol.123, no.3, pp 298-308

DeGabriel JL, Moore BD, Foley WJ, Johnson CN, (2014) 'Male-Biased Predation and Its Effect on Paternity Skew and Life History in a Population of Common Brushtail Possums (Trichosurus vulpecula)', Plos One, vol.9, no.11, Article number e111746

Gherlenda AN, Haigh AM, Moore BD, Johnson SN, Riegler M, (2014) 'Responses of leaf beetle larvae to elevated [CO2] and temperature depend on Eucalyptus species', Oecologia, vol.177, no.2, pp 607-617

Jensen LM, Wallis IR, Marsh KJ, Moore BD, Wiggins NL, Foley WJ, (2014) 'Four species of arboreal folivore show differential tolerance to a secondary metabolite', Oecologia, vol.176, no.1, pp 251-258

Marsh KJ, Moore BD, Wallis IR, Foley WJ, (2014) 'Feeding rates of a mammalian browser confirm the predictions of a 'foodscape' model of its habitat', Oecologia, vol.174, pp 873–882

Moore BD, Andrew RL, Külheim C, Foley WJ, (2014) 'Explaining intraspecific diversity in plant secondary metabolites in an ecological context', New Phytologist, vol.201, no.3, pp 733-750

Ode PJ, Johnson SN, Moore BD, (2014) 'Atmospheric change and induced plant secondary metabolites — are we reshaping the building blocks of multi-trophic interactions?', Current Opinion in Insect Science, vol.5, pp 57–65

O'Reilly-Wapstra JM, Moore BD, Brewer M, Beaton J, Sim D, Wiggins NL, Iason GR, (2014) 'Pinus sylvestris sapling growth and recovery from mammalian browsing', Forest Ecology and Management , vol.325, pp 18 - 25

Bennett AE, Macrae AM, Moore BD, Caul S, Johnson SN, (2013) 'Early Root Herbivory Impairs Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungal Colonization and Shifts Defence Allocation in Establishing Plantago lanceolata', PLOS One, vol.8, no.6, Article No.e66053

Marsh KJ, Moore BD, Wallis IR, Foley WJ, (2013) 'Continuous monitoring of feeding by koalas highlights diurnal differences in tree preferences', Wildlife Research, vol.40, pp 639-646

Moles AT, Peco B, Wallis IR, Foley WJ, Poore AGB, Seabloom EW, Vesk PA, Bisigato AJ, Cella-Pizarro L, Clark CJ, Cohen PS, Cornwell WK, Edwards W, Ejrnaes R, Gonzales-Ojeda T, Graae BJ, Hay G, Lumbwe FC, Magana-Rodriguez B, Moore BD, Peri PL, Poulsen JR, Stegen JC, Veldtman R, Zeipel H, Andrew NR, Boulter SL, Borer ET, Cornelissen JHC, Farji-Brener AG, DeGabriel JL, Jurado E, Kyhn LA, Low B, Mulder CPH, Reardon-Smith K, Rodriguez-Velazquez J, De Fortier A, Zheng Z, Blendinger PG, Enquist BJ, Facelli JM, Knight T, Majer JD, Martinez-Ramos M, McQuillan P, Hui FKC, (2013) 'Correlations between physical and chemical defences in plants: tradeoffs, syndromes, or just many different ways to skin a herbivorous cat?', New Phytologist, vol.198, no.1, pp 252-263

Moore BD, Foley WJ, Forbey JS, Degabriel JL, (2013) 'Self-medication: A learning process?', Science, vol.340, no.6136, p 1041

Ryalls JMW, Riegler M, Moore BD, Johnson SN, (2013) 'Biology and trophic interactions of lucerne aphids', Agricultural and Forest Entomology, vol.15, no.4, pp 335-350

Ryalls JM, Riegler M, Moore BD, Lopaticki G, Johnson SN, (2013) 'Effects of elevated temperature and CO2 on aboveground-belowground systems: a case study with plants, their mutualistic bacteria and root / shoot herbivores', Frontiers in Plant Science, vol.4, p 445

Windley HR, Wallis IR, DeGabriel JL, Moore BD, Johnson CN, Foley WJ, (2013) 'A faecal index of diet quality that predicts reproductive success in a marsupial folivore', Oecologia, vol.173, no.1, pp 203-212

Iason GR, O'Reilly-Wapstra JM, Brewer MJ, Summers RW, Moore BD, (2011) 'Do multiple herbivores maintain chemical diversity of Scots pine monoterpenes?', Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences, vol.366, pp 1337-1345

Moles AT, Wallis IR, Foley WJ, Warton DI, Stegen JC, Bisigato AJ, Cella-Pizarro L, Clark CJ, Cohen PS, Cornwell WK, Edwards W, Ejrnaes R, Gonzales-Ojeda T, Graae BJ, Hay G, Lumbwe FC, Magana-Rodriguez B, Moore BD, Peri PL, Poulsen JR, Veldtman R, Von Zeipel H, Andrew NR, Boulter SL, Borer ET, Campon FF, Coll M, Farji-Brener AG, De Gabriel J, Jurado E, Kyhn LA, Low B, Mulder CPH, Reardon-Smith K, Rodriguez-Velazquez J, Seabloom EW, Vesk PA, Van Cauter A, Waldram MS, Zheng Z, Blendinger PG, Enquist BJ, Facelli JM, Knight T, Majer JD, Martinez-Ramos M, McQuillan P, Prior LD, (2011) 'Putting plant resistance traits on the map: a test of the idea that plants are better defended at lower latitudes', New Phytologist, vol.191, pp 777-788

Moore BD, Lawler IR, Wallis IR, Beale CM, Foley WJ, (2010) 'Palatability mapping: a koala's eye view of spatial variation in habitat quality', Ecology, vol.91, pp 3165-3176

De Gabriel JL, Moore BD, Marsh KJ, Foley WJ, (2010) 'The effect of plant secondary metabolites on the interplay between the internal and external environments of marsupial folivores', Chemoecology, vol.20, pp 97-108

De Gabriel JL, Moore BD, Foley WJ, Johnson CN, (2009) 'The effects of plant defensive chemistry on nutrient availability predict reproductive success in a mammal', Ecology, vol.90, pp 711-719

De Gabriel JL, Moore BD, Shipley LA, Krockenberger AK, Wallis IR, Johnson CN, Foley WJ, (2009) 'Inter-population differences in the tolerance of a marsupial folivore to plant secondary metabolites', Oecologia, vol.161, pp 539-548

Shipley LA, Forbey JS, Moore BD, (2009) 'Revisiting the dietary niche: When is a mammalian herbivore a specialist?', Integrative and Comparative Biology, vol.49, pp 274-290

De Gabriel JL, Wallis IR, Moore BD, Foley WJ, (2008) 'A simple, integrative assay to quantify nutritional quality of browses for herbivores', Oecologia, vol.156, pp 107-116

Fisher DO, Double MC, Moore BD, (2006) 'Number of mates and timing of mating affect offspring growth in the small marsupial Antechinus agilis', Animal Behaviour, vol.71, pp 289-297

Moore BD, Foley WJ, (2005) 'Tree use by koalas in a chemically complex landscape', Nature, vol.435, pp 488-490

Moore BD, Foley WJ, Wallis IR, Cowling A, Handasyde KA, (2005) 'Eucalyptus foliar chemistry explains selective feeding by koalas', Biology Letters, vol.1, pp 64-67

Foley WJ, Moore BD, (2005) 'Plant secondary metabolites and vertebrate herbivores - from physiological regulation to ecosystem function', Current Opinion in Plant Biology, vol.8, pp 430-435

Moore BD, Wallis IR, Wood JT, Foley WJ, (2004) 'Foliar nutrition, site quality, and temperature influence foliar chemistry of tallowwood (Eucalyptus microcorys)', Ecological Monographs, vol. 74, pp 553-568

Moore BD, Wallis IR, Pala-Paul J, Brophy JJ, Willis RH, Foley WJ, (2004) 'Antiherbivore chemistry of Eucalyptus - Cues and deterrents for marsupial folivores', Journal of Chemical Ecology, vol.30, pp 1743-1769

Mclean S, Brandon S, Davies NW, Boyle R, Foley WJ, Moore B, Pass GJ, (2003) 'Glucuronuria in the koala', Journal of Chemical Ecology, vol.29, pp 1465-1477

Moore BD, Coulson G, Way S, (2002) 'Habitat selection by adult female eastern grey kangaroos', Wildlife Research, vol.29, pp 439-445

Moore BD, Foley WJ, (2000) 'A review of feeding and diet selection in koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus)', Australian Journal of Zoology, vol.48, pp 317-333

Boyle R, Mclean S, Foley WJ, Moore BD, Davies NW, Brandon S, (2000) 'Fate of the dietary terpene, p-cymene, in the male koala', Journal of Chemical Ecology, vol.26, pp 1095-1111

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