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Amy K. Hahs

GIS Ecologist

Dr Amy Hahs is ARCUE’s GIS Ecologist. Her major research interests are examining and quantifying the spatial patterns of cities and towns and investigating how these patterns influence patterns of biodiversity. Her recent Ph.D. researched measures of urbanisation and the ecology of remnant woodlands along an urban-rural gradient.

Amy has extensive knowledge in the field of landscape ecology and was the Newsletter Editor for the International Association of Landscape Ecologists Australasian Chapter for five years. She has a broad base of research skills including: the interpretation of remotely sensed imagery, quantitative spatial statistics, plant ecology, and dendrochronology. Amy is the co-author of several publications, including:Ecology of Cities and Towns: A Comparative Approach; A global synthesis of plant extinction rates in urban areas in Ecology Letters, and Selecting independent measures to quantify Melbourne’s urban-rural gradient inLandscape and Urban Planning.

Recent Publications

Mata, L., Goula, M. and Hahs, A. K. (2014). Conserving insect assemblages in urban landscapes: accounting for species-specific responses and imperfect detection. Journal of Insect Conservation (currently online)

Hahs, A. K. and McDonnell, M. J. (2014). Extinction debt of cities and ways to minimize their realization: a focus on Melbourne. Ecological Management and Restoration 15:102-110.

Ives, C. D., Beilin, R., Gordon, A., Kendal, D., Hahs, A. K., & Mcdonnell, M. J. (2013). Local Assessment of Melbourne: The Biodiversity and Social-Ecological Dynamics of Melbourne, Australia. In T. Elmqvist, M. Fragkias, J. Goodness, B. Güneralp, P. J. Marcotullio, R. I. McDonald, … C. Wilkinson (Eds.), Urbanization, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Challenges and Opportunities (pp. 385–407). Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.

Hahs, A. K. and McDonnell, M. J. (2013). Composition of the soil seed bank in remnant patches of grassy woodland along an urbanization gradient in Melbourne, Australia. Plant Ecology Vol 214, Issue 10, p 1247-1256

McDonnell, M.J. and Hahs, A.K. (2013). The future of urban biodiversity research: Moving beyond the ‘low-hanging fruit’. Urban Ecosystems 16:397-409

M. J. McDonnell, A. K. Hahs and S. T. A. Pickett (2012). Exposing an urban ecology straw man: critique of Ramalho & Hobbs  Trends in Ecology and Evolution (TREE), May 2012 Vol 27, No. 5

McDonnell, M. J., Hahs, A. K. & Brueste, J. (2009). Ecology of Cities and Towns: A Comparative Approach. Cambridge University Press.

Williams, N. S., Schwartz, M. W., Vesk, P. A., McCarthy, M. A., Hahs, A. K., Clemants, S. E. et al. (2009). A conceptual framework for predicting the effects of urban environments on floras. Journal of Ecology, 97, 4-9.

Hahs, A. K., McDonnell, M. J. & Breuste, J. H (2009). Comparative ecology of cities and towns: synthesis of opportunities and limitations. In: Ecology of Cities and Towns: A Comparative Approach, pages 574-596. Comparative ecology of cities and towns: synthesis of opportunities and limitations : Cambridge University Press.

Hahs, A. K., McDonnell, M. J., McCarthy, M. A., Vesk, P. A., Corlett, R. T., Norton, B. A. et al. (2009). A global synthesis of plant exctinction rates in urban areas. Ecology Letters, 12(11), 1165-1173.

McDonnell, M. J., Breuste, J. H. & Hahs, A. K (2009). Introduction: scope of the book and the need for developing a comparative approach to the ecological study of cities and towns. In: Ecology of Cities and Towns: A Comparative Approach, pages 1-5. Introduction: scope of the book and the need for developing a comparative approach to the ecological study of cities and towns : Cambridge University Press.

McDonnell, M. J. & Hahs, A. K (2009). Comparative ecology of cities and towns: past, present and future. In: Ecology of Cities and Towns: A Comparative Approach, pages 71-89. Comparative ecology of cities and towns: past, present and future : Cambridge University Press.

Williams, N. S., Hahs, A. K. & Morgan, J. W. (2008). A dispersal-constrained habitat suitability model for predicting invasion of alpine vegetation. Ecological Applications, 18, 347-359.

McDonnell, M. J. & Hahs, A. K. (2008). The use of gradient analysis studies in advancing our understanding of the ecology of urbanising landscapes: current status and future directions. Landscape Ecology, 23, 1143-1155.

Hahs, A. K. & McDonnell, M. J. (2007). Composition of the plant community in remnant patches of grassy woodland along an urban-rural gradient in Melbourne, Australia. Urban Ecosystems, 10, 355-377.

Hahs, A. K. & McDonnell, M. J. (2006). Selecting independent measures to quantify Melbourne’s urban-rural gradient. Landscape and Urban Planning, 78, 435-438.

McCarthy, M. A., Parris, K. M., van der Ree, R., McDonnell, M. J., Burgman, M. A., Williams, N. S. et al. (2004). The habitat hectares approach to vegetation assessment: an evaluation and suggestions for improvement. Ecological Management and Restoration, 5, 24-27.

Hahs, A. K. (2001). Long-term ecological research in Australia. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of Australia, 31(3), 11-14.