Doctor Ben Moore

Doctor Ben Moore

Senior Lecturer,
Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment

Biography

Ben Moore is an ecologist broadly interested in plant-animal interactions, chemical ecology and the causes and consequences of variation in plant chemistry. He 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 (formerly the Macaulay Land Use Research Institute) in Aberdeen, UK. 

Ben’s previous research in Australia focussed on role played by plant secondary metabolites ofEucalyptusin the ecology of marsupial folivores (especially the koala and the common brushtail possum) at a range of scales – from understanding the foraging behaviour of individual animals to understanding how plant chemistry affects where we do and don’t find animals in natural landscapes. In Scotland, Ben investigated the complex mixtures of terpenes (essential oils) found in pine needles and their consequences for numerous ecological processes in Caledonian pinewood. His work at HIE will continue to consider the causes and consequences of variable plant chemistry in Australian plants, how this is affected by climate change and what this means for animals that rely on these resources.

This information has been contributed by Doctor Moore.

Qualifications

  • PhD The Australian National University
  • BScHons University of Melbourne

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment

Contact

Email: B.Moore@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: (02) 4570 1384
Mobile:
Location: R2.1.45
Hawkesbury
Website:

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Publications

Chapters in Books

  • Iason, G., Moore, B., Lennon, J., Stockan, J., Osler, G., Campbell, C., Sim, D. and Beaton, J. (2012), 'Plant secondary metabolite polymorphisms and the extended chemical phenotype', Ecology of Plant Secondary Metabolites: From Genes to Global Processes, Cambridge University Press 9780521157124.
  • Moore, B. and DeGabriel, J. (2012), 'Integrating the effects of PSMs on vertebrate herbivores across spatial and temporal scales', Ecology of Plant Secondary Metabolites: From Genes to Global Processes, Cambridge University Press 9780521157124.
  • Foley, W., Lawler, R., Moore, B., Marsh, K. and Wallis, I. (2004), 'Diet selection in marsupial folivores of Eucalyptus: the role of plant secondary metabolites', The Biology of Australian Possums and Gliders, Surrey Beatty & Sons 9780949324962.
  • Moore, B., Wallis, R., Marsh, K. and Foley, J. (2004), 'The role of nutrition in the conservation of the marsupial folivores of eucalypt forests.', Conservation of Australia's Forest Fauna., Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales 9780958608589.

Journal Articles

  • Wu, H., Levin, N., Seabrook, L., Moore, B. and McAlpine, C. (2019), 'Mapping foliar nutrition using WorldView-3 and WorldView-2 to assess koala habitat suitability', Remote Sensing, vol 11, no 3 .
  • Johnson, S., Ryalls, J., Barton, C., Tjoelker, M., Wright, I. and Moore, B. (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.
  • Brice, K., Trivedi, P., Jeffries, T., Blyton, M., Mitchell, C., Singh, B. and Moore, B. (2019), 'The koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) faecal microbiome differs with diet in a wild population', PeerJ, vol 7 .
  • Hiltpold, I., Moore, B. and Johnson, S. (2019), '[In Press] Elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations alter root morphology and reduce the effectiveness of entomopathogenic nematodes', Plant and Soil, .
  • Johnson, S., Reynolds, O., Gurr, G., Esveld, J., Moore, B., Tory, G. and Gherlenda, A. (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 .
  • Blyton, M., Soo, R., Whisson, D., Marsh, K., Pascoe, J., Le Pla, M., Foley, W., Hugenholtz, P. and Moore, B. (2019), 'Faecal inoculations alter the gastrointestinal microbiome and allow dietary expansion in a wild specialist herbivore, the koala', Animal Microbiome, vol 1, no 1 .
  • Marschner, C., Krockenberger, M., Higgins, D., Mitchell, C. and Moore, B. (2019), '[In Press] Ingestion and absorption of Eucalypt monoterpenes in the specialist feeder, the koala (Phascolarctos cinereus)', Journal of Chemical Ecology, .
  • Beale, P., Marsh, K., Foley, W. and Moore, B. (2018), 'A hot lunch for herbivores : physiological effects of elevated temperatures on mammalian feeding ecology', Biological Reviews, vol 93, no 1 , pp 674 - 692.
  • Garnick, S., Di Stefano, J., Moore, B., Davis, N., Elgar, M. and 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.
  • Champagne, E., Moore, B., Cote, S. and Tremblay, J. (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.
  • Ryalls, J., Moore, B., Johnson, S., Connor, M. and Hiltpold, I. (2018), 'Root responses to domestication, precipitation and silicification : weeping meadow grass simplifies and alters toughness', Plant and Soil, vol 427, no 1-2 , pp 291 - 304.
  • Johnson, S., Glauser, G., Hiltpold, I., Moore, B. and Ryalls, J. (2018), 'Root herbivore performance suppressed when feeding on a jasmonate-induced pasture grass', Ecological Entomology, vol 43, no 4 , pp 547 - 550.
  • Ryalls, J., Moore, B. and Johnson, S. (2018), 'Silicon uptake by a pasture grass experiencing simulated grazing is greatest under elevated precipitation', BMC Ecology, vol 18, no 1 .
  • Ryalls, J., Moore, B., Riegler, M., Bromfield, L., Hall, A. and Johnson, S. (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.
  • Gordon, C., Eldridge, D., Ripple, W., Crowther, M., Moore, B. and Letnic, M. (2017), 'Shrub encroachment is linked to extirpation of an apex predator', Journal of Animal Ecology, vol 86, no 1 , pp 147 - 157.
  • Moore, B. and Johnson, S. (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 .
  • Gordon, C., Moore, B. and 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.
  • Gherlenda, A., Haigh, A., Moore, B., Johnson, S. and 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, A., Crous, K., Moore, B., Haigh, A., Johnson, S. and 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 1 , pp 29 - 39.
  • Adams-Hosking, C., McBride, M., Baxter, G., Burgman, M., De Villiers, D., Kavanagh, R., Lawler, I., Lunney, D., Moore, B., Phalen, D., Rhodes, J., Todd, C., Whisson, D. and McAlpine, C. (2016), 'Use of expert knowledge to elicit population trends for the koala (Phascolarctos cinereus)', Diversity and Distributions, vol 22, no 3 , pp 249 - 262.
  • Hiltpold, I., Moore, B. and Johnson, S. (2016), 'Novel in vitro procedures for rearing a root-feeding pest (Heteronychus arator) of grasslands', Frontiers in Plant Science, vol 7 .
  • Gherlenda, A., Moore, B., Haigh, A., Johnson, S. and Riegler, M. (2016), 'Insect herbivory in a mature Eucalyptus woodland canopy depends on leaf phenology but not CO2 enrichment', BMC Ecology, vol 16, no 47 .
  • Ryalls, J., Moore, B., Riegler, M. and Johnson, S. (2016), 'Above-belowground herbivore interactions in mixed plant communities are influenced by altered precipitation patterns', Frontiers in Plant Science, vol 7 .
  • Moore, B., Wiggins, N., Marsh, K., Dearing, M. and Foley, W. (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.
  • Gherlenda, A., Haigh, A., Moore, B., Johnson, S. and Riegler, M. (2015), 'Responses of leaf beetle larvae to elevated [CO2] and temperature depend on Eucalyptus species', Oecologia, vol 177, no 2 , pp 607 - 617.
  • Ryalls, J., Moore, B., Riegler, M., Gherlenda, A. and Johnson, S. (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.
  • Marsh, K., Moore, B., Wallis, I. and Foley, W. (2014), 'Feeding rates of a mammalian browser confirm the predictions of a 'foodscape' model of its habitat', Oecologia, vol 174, no 3 , pp 873 - 882.
  • O'Reilly-Wapstra, J., Moore, B., Brewer, M., Beaton, J., Sim, D., Wiggins, N. and Iason, G. (2014), 'Pinus sylvestris sapling growth and recovery from mammalian browsing', Forest Ecology and Management, vol 325 , pp 18 - 25.
  • DeGabriel, J., Moore, B., Felton, A., Ganzhorn, J., Stolter, C., Wallis, I., Johnson, C. and Foley, W. (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.
  • Moore, B., Andrew, R., Kulheim, C. and Foley, W. (2014), 'Explaining intraspecific diversity in plant secondary metabolites in an ecological context', New Phytologist, vol 201, no 3 , pp 733 - 750.
  • Jensen, L., Wallis, I., Marsh, K., Moore, B., Wiggins, N. and Foley, W. (2014), 'Four species of arboreal folivore show differential tolerance to a secondary metabolite', Oecologia, vol 176, no 1 , pp 251 - 258.
  • DeGabriel, J., Moore, B., Foley, W. and Johnson, C. (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 .
  • Ode, P., Johnson, S. and Moore, B. (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.
  • Bennett, A., Macrae, A., Moore, B., Caul, S. and Johnson, S. (2013), 'Early root herbivory impairs arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal colonization and shifts defence allocation in establishing Plantago lanceolata', PLoS One, vol 8, no 6 .
  • Moles, A., Degabriel, J., Wallis, I., Foley, W., Poore, A., Seabloom, E., Vesk, P., Bisigato, A., Cella-Pizarro, L., Clark, C., Cohen, P., Cornwell, W., Edwards, W., Ejrn?s, R., Gonzales-Ojeda, T., Graae, B., Hay, G., Lumbwe, F., Maga?a-Rodriguez, B. and Moore, B. (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.
  • Windley, H., Wallis, I., DeGabriel, J., Moore, B., Johnson, C. and Foley, W. (2013), 'A faecal index of diet quality that predicts reproductive success in a marsupial folivore', Oecologia, vol 173, no 1 , pp 203 - 212.
  • Ryalls, J., Riegler, M., Moore, B., Lopaticki, G. and Johnson, S. (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, no NOV .
  • Ryalls, J., Riegler, M., Moore, B. and Johnson, S. (2013), 'Biology and trophic interactions of lucerne aphids', Agricultural and Forest Entomology, vol 15, no 4 , pp 335 - 350.
  • Marsh, K., Moore, B., Wallis, I. and Foley, W. (2013), 'Continuous monitoring of feeding by koalas highlights diurnal differences in tree preferences', Wildlife Research, vol 40, no 8 , pp 639 - 646.
  • Iason, G., O'Reilly-Wapstra, J., Brewer, M., Summers, R. and Moore, B. (2011), 'Do multiple herbivores maintain chemical diversity of Scots Pine monoterpenes.', Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, vol 366, no 1569 , pp 1337 - 1345.
  • Moore, B., Moles, A., Wallis, I., Foley, W. and Others, 4. (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, no 3 , pp 777 - 778.
  • DeGabriel, J., Moore, B., Marsh, K. and Foley, W. (2010), 'The effect of plant secondary metabolites on the interplay between the internal and external environments of marsupial folivores', Chemoecology, vol 20, no 2 , pp 97 - 108.
  • Moore, B., Lawler, I., Wallis, I., Beale, C. and Foley, W. (2010), 'Palatability mapping : a koala's eye view of spatial variation in habitat quality', Ecology, vol 91, no 11 , pp 3165 - 3176.
  • Shipley, L., Sorensen-Forbey, J. and Moore, B. (2009), 'Revisiting the dietary niche : when is a mammalian herbivore a specialist?', Integrative and Comparative Biology, vol 49, no 3 , pp 274 - 290.
  • DeGabriel, J., Moore, B., Shipley, L., Krockenberger, A., Wallis, I., Johnson, C. and Foley, W. (2009), 'Inter-population differences in the tolerance of a marsupial folivore to plant secondary metabolites', Oecologia, vol 161, no 3 , pp 539 - 548.
  • DeGabriel, J., Moore, B., Foley, W. and Johnson, C. (2009), 'The effects of plant defensive chemistry on nutrient availability predict reproductive success in a mammal', Ecology, vol 90, no 3 , pp 711 - 719.
  • DeGabriel, J., Wallis, I., Moore, B. and Foley, W. (2008), 'A simple, integrative assay to quantify nutritional quality of browses for herbivores.', Oecologia, vol 156, no 1 , pp 107 - 116.
  • Fisher, D., Double, M. and Moore, B. (2006), 'Number of mates and timing of mating affect offspring growth in the small marsupial, Antechinus agilis.', Animal Behaviour, vol 71, no 2 , pp 289 - 297.
  • Moore, B., Marsh, K. and Wallis, I. (2005), 'Taught by animals: how understanding diet selection leads to better zoo diets.', International Zoo Yearbook, vol 39, no 1 , pp 43 - 61.
  • Moore, B., Foley, W., Wallis, I., Cowling, A. and Handasyde, K. (2005), 'Eucalyptus foliar chemistry explains koala feeding preferences.', Biology Letters, vol 1, no 1 , pp 64 - 67.
  • Foley, W. and Moore, B. (2005), 'Plant metabolites and vertebrate herbivores - from physiological function to ecosystem function', Current opinion in Plant Biology, vol 8, no 4 , pp 430 - 435.
  • Moore, B. and Foley, W. (2005), 'Tree use by koalas in a chemically complex landscape', Nature, vol 435, no 7041 , pp 488 - 490.
  • Moore, B., Wallis, R., Wood, J. and Foley, W. (2004), 'Foliar nutrition, site quality and temperature affect foliar chemistry of tallowwood (Eucalyptus microcorys).', Ecological Monographs, vol 74, no 4 , pp 553 - 568.
  • Moore, B., Wallis, I., Pala Paul, J., Brophy, J., Willis, R. and Foley, W. (2004), 'Anti-herbivore chemistry of Eucalyptus - cues and deterrents for marsupial folivores.', Journal of Chemical Ecology, vol 30, no 9 , pp 1743 - 1769.
  • McLean, S., Brandon, S., Davies, N., Boyle, R., Foley, W., Moore, B. and Pass, G. (2003), 'Glucuronuria in the koala', Journal of Chemical Ecology, vol 29, no 6 , pp 1465 - 1477.
  • Moore, B., Coulson, G. and Way, S. (2002), 'Habitat selection by adult female eastern grey kangaroos', Wildlife Research, vol 29, no 5 , pp 439 - 445.
  • Boyle, R., McLean, S., Davies, N., Peacock, E. and Moore, B. (2001), 'Metabolites of dietary 1,8-cineole in the male koala (Phascolarctos cinereus)', Comparative Biochemistry & Physiology C, vol 129, no 4 , pp 385 - 395.

Other Publications

  • 2013, 'The Scottish Beaver Trial: Woodland Monitoring 2011', Research Report
  • 2012, 'Conserving Koalas in the 21st Century: Synthesising the Dynamics of Australia's Koala Populations', Research Report
  • 2011, 'The Scottish Beaver Trial: Woodland Monitoring 2010', Research Report
  • 2010, 'The Scottish Beaver Trial: Woodland Monitoring 2009', Research Report
  • 2009, 'Koalas and Climate Change: Hungry for CO2 Cuts', Research Report

Current Projects

Title: Understanding and mapping how thermal and dietary constraints combine to restrict koala habitat
Funder:
  • NSW Office of Environment and Heritage
Western Researchers: Ben Moore, Christopher Turbill and Matthias Boer
Years: 2019-10-01 - 2022-10-01
ID: P00025707
Title: Blue Mountains Koala Research
Funder:
  • WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo
Western Researchers: Ben Moore
Years: 2015-08-20 - 2020-12-31
ID: P00022984
Title: DA - Sustainable pasture systems under climate extremes
Funder:
  • Dairy Australia (non ACRG)
Western Researchers: Sally Power, Mark Tjoelker, Elise Pendall, David Tissue, Jeff Powell, Ian Anderson, Ben Moore, Catriona Macdonald, Brajesh Singh, Yolima Carrillo Espanol and Jonathan Plett
Years: 2017-06-01 - 2020-08-13
ID: P00023777
Title: What do koalas really eat? Novel characterisation of koala diets and habitat quality using faecal molecular analysis
Funder:
  • Department of Environment and Heritage Protection
Western Researchers: Ben Moore and Michaela Blyton
Years: 2017-10-09 - 2020-05-31
ID: P00024474
Title: MLA - Sustainable pasture systems under climate extremes
Funder:
  • MLA Donor Company Limited
Western Researchers: Sally Power, Mark Tjoelker, Elise Pendall, David Tissue, Jeff Powell, Ian Anderson, Ben Moore, Catriona Macdonald, Brajesh Singh, Yolima Carrillo Espanol and Jonathan Plett
Years: 2017-03-01 - 2020-04-30
ID: P00023845
Title: Using molecular and chemical faecal analysis to understand koala diet composition and the contribution of regenerating forests to koala nutrition
Funder:
  • NSW Government Natural Resources Commission
Western Researchers: Ben Moore and Michaela Blyton
Years: 2019-01-10 - 2020-06-30
ID: P00025381

Previous Projects

Title: Temperature-dependent toxicity of plant secondary compounds to mammalian herbivores [via ANU]
Funder:
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Ben Moore
Years: 2014-08-12 - 2019-06-01
ID: P00021505
Title: Understanding the koala microbiome: unlocking the secrets of koala health and dietary specialisation, and successful husbandry and translocation
Funder:
  • The Conservation Ecology Trust
  • Office of Environment and Heritage
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
  • Evolva Biotech A/S
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Ben Moore
Years: 2015-04-30 - 2018-11-01
ID: P00021901
Title: Psyllid-induced dieback of Grey Box (Eucalyptus moluccana) on the Cumberland Plain
Funder:
  • NSW Environmental Trust (non ACRG)
  • Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust
Western Researchers: Markus Riegler, James Cook, Ben Moore and Paul Rymer
Years: 2013-06-26 - 2017-01-31
ID: P00021691
Title: Get tough, get toxic or get a bodyguard: how root herbivores shape grass defences
Funder:
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Scott Johnson and Ben Moore
Years: 2014-04-28 - 2017-09-30
ID: P00021431
Title: Genotypic and chemotypic diversity of Eucalyptus moluccana and its role in psyllid caused dieback
Funder:
  • Bjarne K Dahl Trust
Western Researchers: Markus Riegler, Ben Moore and Paul Rymer
Years: 2013-01-02 - 2015-04-30
ID: P00021187
Title: Rehabilitating a changing landscape: using the latest advances in koala ecology to direct adaptive management [via USYD]
Funder:
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Ben Moore
Years: 2015-04-13 - 2018-12-31
ID: P00022452
Title: The Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) Faecal Bacterial Microbiome; Does Change in Diet Impact Community Structure?
Funder:
  • Royal Zoological Society of NSW
Western Researchers: Ben Moore
Years: 2015-09-16 - 2017-09-15
ID: P00023003
Title: High-throughput sample preparation robotics to enable emerging large-scale plant genomics, metabolomics and proteomics research [via ANU - no funding to UWS]
Funder:
  • Australian Research Council (Other Research Grants)
Western Researchers: David Tissue, David Ellsworth, Ben Moore, Markus Riegler and Paul Rymer
Years: 2013-05-01 - 2014-04-30
ID: P00020980

Supervision

Doctor Moore is available to be a principal supervisor for doctoral projects

Current Supervision

Thesis Title: Effects of Elevated Atmospheric (CO2) on Insect Herbivory and its Regulation in a Eucalyptus Tereticornis Woodland
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: The Dingo (Canis Lupis Lupis) as a Vector for the Suppression of Woody Weed Thickening in Arid Australia
Field of Research:

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