CV

Qualifications

2013: Doctor of Philosophy (Conservation Biology and Landscape Ecology) The Australian National University, awarded 19th July 2013

2006: Bachelor of Science (Honours), Flinders University, South Australia

2005: Bachelor of Environmental Management, Flinders University, South Australia

Employment History

2018 – present: Research Fellow, Fenner School, ANU

2013 – 2017: Postdoctoral Fellow, Fenner School, ANU

2011 – 2012: Lecturer in Biodiversity Conservation, Fenner School, ANU

2011 – 2012: Research Assistant, Fenner School, ANU

Grants & Awards

Environment and Society Synthesis Program Grant (2017) Project title: A hackathon to build software for improved evidence synthesis. Fenner School, ANU: $10,000

Next Generation Ecologist Award (2017) Project title: Mainstreaming text mining for rapid synthesis of biodiversity science. Ecological Society of Australia: $3000

Early Career Researcher International Visiting Fellowship (outgoing) (2016) Project title: Evaluating the potential role of text analysis for identifying and classifying scientific literature. Australian Research Council (ARC) Center of Excellence for Environmental Decisions: $6000

Peer-reviewed journal articles

27. DB Lindenmayer, P Lane, MJ Westgate, BC Scheele, C Foster, C Sato, M Crane, D Michael, D Florance, K Ikin, PS Barton, LS O’Loughlin, N Robinson (2018) Tests of predictions associated with temporal changes in Australian bird populations. Biological Conservation in press.

26. MJ Westgate, NR Haddaway, SH Cheng, EJ McIntosh, C Marshall & DB Lindenmayer (2018) Software support for environmental evidence synthesis. Nature Ecology and Evolution 2: 588–590. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41559-018-0502-x

25. MJ Westgate (2018) revtools: bibliographic data visualization for evidence synthesis in R. biorxiv preprint. https://doi.org/10.1101/262881

24. MJ Westgate, C MacGregor, BC Scheele, DA Driscoll & DB Lindenmayer (2018) Effects of time since fire on frog occurrence are altered by isolation, vegetation, and fire frequency gradients. Diversity & Distributions 24(1): 82-91. http://doi.org/10.1111/ddi.12659

23. MJ Westgate & DB Lindenmayer (2017) The difficulties of systematic reviews. Conservation Biology 31(5): 1002-1007. http://doi.org/10.1111/cobi.12890

22. MJ Westgate, AIT Tulloch, PS Barton, JC Pierson & DB Lindenmayer (2017) Optimal taxonomic groups for biodiversity assessment: A meta-analytic approach. Ecography 40: 539-548. http://doi.org/10.1111/ecog.02318 [PDF (author’s version)]

21. DB Lindenmayer, C MacGregor, J Wood, MJ Westgate, K Ikin, C Foster, F Ford & R Zentelis (2016) Bombs, fire and biodiversity: vertebrate fauna occurrence in areas subject to military training. Biological Conservation 204(B) 276-283. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2016.10.030

20. DB Lindenmayer, SG Candy, SC Banks, MJ Westgate, K Ikin, JC Pierson, AIT Tulloch & PS Barton (2016) Do temporal changes in vegetation structure predict changes in bird occupancy additional to time since fire? Ecological Applications 26(7) 2267-2279. http://doi.org/10.1002/eap.1367

19. AIT Tulloch, I Chadés, Y Dujardin, MJ Westgate, PW Lane & DB Lindenmayer (2016) Dynamic species co-occurrence networks require dynamic biodiversity surrogates. Ecography 39(12) 1185-1196. http://doi.org/10.1111/ecog.02143

18. M Hunter Jr., M Westgate, P Barton, A Calhoun, J Pierson, A Tulloch, M Beger, C Branquino, T Caro, J Gross, J Heino, P Lane, C Longo, K Martin, WH McDowell, C Mellin, H Salo & D Lindenmayer (2016) Two roles for ecological surrogacy: indicator surrogates and management surrogates. Ecological Indicators 63: 121-125.  http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2015.11.049

17. MJ Westgate, PS Barton, JC Pierson & DB Lindenmayer (2015) Text analysis tools for identification of emerging topics and research gaps in conservation science. Conservation Biology 29(6): 1606-1614. http://doi.org/10.1111/cobi.12605 [PDF (author’s version)]

16. MJ Westgate, BC Scheele, K Ikin, AM Hoefer, RM Beaty, M Evans, W Osborne, L Rayner & DA Driscoll (2015) Citizen science program shows urban areas have lower occurrence of frog species, but not accelerated declines. PLoS ONE 10(11): e0140973. http://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0140973 [PDF]

15. D Lindenmayer, J Pierson, P Barton, M Beger, C Branquinho, A Calhoun, T Caro, H Greig, J Gross, J Heino, M Hunter, P Lane, C Longo, K Martin, WH McDowell, C Mellin, H Salo, A Tulloch & M Westgate (2015) A new framework for selecting environmental surrogates. Science of the Total Environment 538: 1029-1038.  http://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.08.056

14. D Stojanovic, A Terauds, MJ Westgate, MH Webb & R Heinsohn (2015) Exploiting the richest patch has a fitness pay-off for the migratory swift parrot. Journal of Animal Ecology 84(5): 1194-1201. http://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2656.12375

13. A Mortelliti, MJ Westgate, J Stein, J Wood & DB Lindenmayer (2015) Ecological and spatial drivers of population synchrony in bird assemblages. Basic and Applied Ecology 16(3): 269-278. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.baae.2015.01.008

12. PS Barton, JC Pierson, MJ Westgate, PW Lane & DB Lindenmayer (2015) Learning from clinical medicine to improve the use of surrogates in ecology. Oikos 124: 391-398. http://doi.org/10.1111/oik.02007

11. DB Lindenmayer, PW Lane, MJ Westgate, M Crane, D Michael, S Okada & PS Barton (2014) An empirical assessment of the focal species hypothesis. Conservation Biology 28(6): 1594-1603. http://doi.org/10.1111/cobi.12330

10. PS Barton, MJ Westgate, PW Lane, C MacGregor & DB Lindenmayer (2014) Robustness of habitat-based surrogates of animal diversity: a multi-taxa comparison over time. Journal of Applied Ecology 51(5): 1434-1443. http://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2664.12290

9. A Mortelliti, MJ Westgate, & DB Lindenmayer (2014) Experimental evaluation shows limited influence of pine plantations on the connectivity of highly fragmented bird populations. Journal of Applied Ecology 51(5): 1179-1187. http://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2664.12313

8. PW Lane, DB Lindenmayer, PS Barton, W Blanchard & MJ Westgate (2014) Visualisation of species pairwise associations: a case study of surrogacy in bird assemblages. Ecology and Evolution. http://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.1182 [PDF]

7. MJ Westgate, PS Barton, PW Lane & DB Lindenmayer (2014) Global meta-analysis reveals low consistency of biodiversity congruence relationships. Nature Communications 5:3899. http://doi.org/10.1038/ncomms4899 [PDF]

6. DA Driscoll, SC Banks, PS Barton, K Ikin, P Lentini, DB Lindenmayer, AL Smith, LE Berry, EL Burns, A Edworthy, MJ Evans, R Gibson, R Heinsohn, B Howland, G Kay, N Munro, BC Scheele, I Stirnemann, D Stojanovic, N Sweaney, NR Villasenor, & MJ Westgate (2014) The trajectory of dispersal research in conservation biology. Systematic review. PLoS ONE 9(4): e95053. http://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0095053 [PDF]

5. DB Lindenmayer, PS Barton, PW Lane, MJ Westgate, L McBurney, D Blair, P Gibbons & GE Likens (2014) An empirical assessment and comparison of species-based and habitat-based surrogates: a case study of forest vertebrates and large old trees. PLoS ONE 9(2): e89807. http://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0089807 [PDF]

4. MJ Westgate, GE Likens, & DB Lindenmayer (2013) Adaptive management of biological systems: A review. Biological Conservation 158: 128-139. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2012.08.016 [PDF]

3. MJ Westgate, DA Driscoll & DB Lindenmayer (2012) Limited influence of stream networks on the terrestrial movements of three wetland-dependent frog species. Biological Conservation 153: 169-176. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2012.04.030 [PDF]

2. MJ Westgate, DA Driscoll & DB Lindenmayer (2012) Can the intermediate disturbance hypothesis and information on species traits predict anuran responses to fire? Oikos 121: 1516-1524. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1600-0706.2011.19863.x [PDF]

1. A Felton, J Fischer, DB Lindenmayer, R Montague-Drake, A Lowe, D Saunders, A Felton, W Steffen, NT Munro, K Youngentob, J Gillen, P Gibbons, JE Bruzgul, I Fazey, SJ Bond, CP Elliott, BCT Macdonald, LL Porfirio, MJ Westgate & M Worthy (2009) Climate change, conservation and management: an assessment of the peer-reviewed scientific journal literature. Biodiversity and Conservation 18:2243-2253.  http://doi.org/10.1007/s10531-009-9652-0

Book chapters & reviews

MJ Westgate (2015) Surrogates for the distribution and trajectory of biodiversity. Chapter 2 in DB Lindenmayer, PS Barton & JC Pierson (eds) Indicators and Surrogates of Biodiversity and Environmental Change. CSIRO Publishing.

DB Lindenmayer, JC Pierson, PS Barton, PL Lane & MJ Westgate (2015) Biodiversity surrogates. Chapter 3 in DB Lindenmayer, PS Barton & JC Pierson (eds) Indicators and Surrogates of Biodiversity and Environmental Change. CSIRO Publishing.

DB Lindenmayer, JC Pierson, PS Barton, PL Lane, AIT Tulloch & MJ Westgate (2015) A diversity of approaches to ecological surrogates and key knowledge gaps. Chapter 19 in DB Lindenmayer, PS Barton & JC Pierson (eds) Indicators and Surrogates of Biodiversity and Environmental Change. CSIRO Publishing.

MJ Westgate (2012) Biological Diversity: Exploiters and Exploited (Book Review). International Journal of Environmental Studies 69(6): 1005-1006. doi: 10.1080/00207233.2011.626914

Data

MJ Westgate, AIT Tulloch, PS Barton, JC Pierson & DB Lindenmayer (2017) Data from: Optimal taxonomic groups for biodiversity assessment: A meta-analytic approach. Ecography 40(4): 539-548. https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.s1660

AIT Tulloch, I Chadés, Y Dujardin, MJ Westgate, PW Lane & DB Lindenmayer (2016) Data from: Dynamic species co-occurrence networks require dynamic biodiversity surrogates. Ecography https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.5c4d6

MJ Westgate, BC Scheele, K Ikin, AM Hoefer, RM Beaty, M Evans, W Osborne, L Rayner & DA Driscoll (2015) Data from: Citizen science program shows urban areas have lower occurrence of frog species, but not accelerated declines. PLOS ONE https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.75s51

D Stojanovic, A Terauds, MJ Westgate, MH Webb & R Heinsohn (2015) Data from: Exploiting the richest patch has a fitness pay-off for the migratory swift parrot. Journal of Animal Ecology https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.23h73

PS Barton, MJ Westgate, PW Lane, C MacGregor, DB Lindenmayer (2014) Data from: Robustness of habitat-based surrogates of animal diversity: a multi-taxa comparison over time. Journal of Applied Ecology https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.s7d2d

Conference presentations

MJ Westgate (2017) Mainstreaming text mining for rapid synthesis of biodiversity science. Next Generation Ecologist Award Keynote Address, EcoTas, Hunter Valley.

MJ Westgate, AIT Tulloch, PS Barton, JC Pierson & DB Lindenmayer (2015) Selecting optimal taxa for ecological monitoring: A meta-analytic approach. Ecological Society of Australia Conference, Adelaide. Oral Presentation.

MJ Westgate, GE Likens, & DB Lindenmayer (2011) Adaptive Management of biological systems: a review. Ecological Society of Australia Conference, Hobart. Oral Presentation.

MJ Westgate, DA Driscoll & DB Lindenmayer (2010) Do amphibians preferentially use streamlines as terrestrial habitat? Ecological Society of Australia Conference, Canberra. Oral Presentation.

MJ Westgate, DA Driscoll & DB Lindenmayer (2010) Testing hypotheses relating to fire effects on an amphibian community. International Congress on Conservation Biology, Edmonton. Oral Presentation.

Seminars

MJ Westgate (2017) Text mining for rapid systematic review: Promise and pitfalls. Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge

MJ Westgate (2014) Surrogates and indicators in ecology. Department of Biology, University of York

MJ Westgate (2014) Frogs and fire in Australia. School of Biological Sciences, University of Reading

MJ Westgate (2012) Frogs and fire in Australia. Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge

MJ Westgate (2012) Effect of fire on frogs in Booderee National Park. Fenner School of Environment and Society, The Australian National University

MJ Westgate (2009) Frogs of Booderee National Park. ACT Herpetological Association

Media

Coverage for research showing few declines of ACT frog populations (2015): ANU press release | Canberra Times | ABC: story, video

Fire management 10 years on from the Canberra bushfire (2013): Blame the weather, not plants, for bushfires. Opinion piece with Dr Karen Ikin in The Canberra Times, Saturday 26th January 2013

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