Postdoctoral researcher at the Chair of Terrestrial Ecology, Technische Universität München as a Alexander-von-Humboldt postdoctoral fellow.
PhD Ecology & Biodiversity (School of Biological Sciences) at the Victoria University Wellington, New Zealand
Graduate Teaching Assistant (School of Biological Sciences) at the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
BSc (hons) Ecology & Biodiversity (School of Biological Sciences) at the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Growing up in New Zealand, I was always fascinated by the world around me. After spending untold hours in the temperate rain forests near my home town, I decided to dedicate my life to understanding what makes New Zealand’s flora and fauna so unique. Naturally, this led to a career in evolutionary ecology. I have spent the last 8 years teaching students about New Zealand’s natural history. I now work as an Alexander von Humboldt postdoctoral researcher at TUM, examining how the evolutionary trajectory of species changes on isolated islands – though I remain broadly interested in a range of topics within Evolution, Ecology, Biogeography and Botany.
Biddick M (2021). Are island plants really poorly defended? No support for the loss of the defense hypothesis in domatia-bearing plants. Biology Letters DO Ihttps://doi.org/10.1101/2021.11.11.468197
Biddick M, Van Stan JT (2021) (in press). Rainfall harvesting in plants. Current Biology. *Special issue ‘Economies in Biology’.
Jaganathan GK, Biddick M (2021) (in press). Climate warming depletes the persistence of physically dormant seeds in the tropics. Frontiers in Plant Science
Schmack JM, Biddick M (2021). Island biogeography. In: Biogeography: an integrative approach to life evolution (ed. Eric Guilbert). ISTE, London.
Biddick, M., Hendriks, A, Burns, C. K. 2021. Minimal models provide maximally parsimonious explanations. Ecology Letters. DOI: 10.1111/ele.13882 PDF
Biddick, M., Hendriks, A, Burns, C. K. 2021. A simple null model predicts the island rule. Ecology Letters. DOI:10.1111/ele.13781PDF
Biddick M, Schmack J (in press). Island biogeography. In Guilbert E (Ed.), Biogeography: an integrative approach to life evolution. ISTE, London.
Biddick M, Burns KC (in prep). Biogeographic trends in the evolution of leaf size on New Zealand’s offshore islands
Biddick M, Burns KC (in revision). Ecological drift predicts the island rule. Ecology Letters.
Jaganathan GK, Biddick M (in revision). Climate warming depletes the persistence of physically dormant seeds in the tropics. American Journal of Botany.
Jaganathan GK, Biddick M (2020). Critical role of air and soil temperature in the development of primary and secondary dormancy in Albizia julbium. Journal of Tropical Ecology: 1-7. DOI:10.1017/S0266467420000206. PDF
Biddick M (2020). Repeated patterns in the evolution of size in island plants. Victoria University of Wellington PDF
Biddick M, Burns KC (2019). Support for the island rule does not hide morphological disparity in insular plants. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1917767116. PDF
Biddick M, Hendriks A, Burns KC (2019). Plants obey (and disobey) the island rule. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 116(36): 17632-17634. *cover article. PDF
Yang Y, Jaganathan GK, Biddick M et al. (2019). Identification of the water gap in Albizia jubibrissin Durazz (Fabaceae: Mimosoideae) during wet and dry heat. Plant Biosystems. DOI: 10.1080/11263504.2019.1651781. PDF
Jaganathan GK, Li J, Yang Y, Biddick M et al. (2019). Physical dormancy in Astragalus adsurgens: mechanisms underpinning the onset of seed coat impermeability and dormancy break. Scientific Reports 9. PDF
Biddick M (2019). The tree that waters itself. Australasian Science Jan/Feb Issue. PDF
aganathan GK, Yule KJ, Biddick M (2018). Determination of the water gap and germination ecology of Adananthera pavonina (Fabaceae, Mimosoideae); the adaptive role of dormancy in mimetic seeds. Annals of Botany Plants 10: ply048
Biddick M (2018). The Lord Howe screw pine is a self-watering island giant. The Conversation
Biddick M, Hutton I, Burns KC (2018). An alternative water transport system in land plants. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London: Series B 285. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2018.0995
Biddick M, Hutton I, Burns KC (2018). Independent evolution of allometric traits. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 126(1): 203-211
Biddick M, Burns KC (2018). Phenotypic trait matching predicts the structure of an insular plant-bird pollination network. Integrative Zoology 13: 336-344. *invited special issue
Conference talks and posters
I“The effects of isolation, area, and age on size changes in island plants”
Island Biology Conference, St Denis, La Réunion, 2019
“Do plants obey the island rule?” International Biogeography Society, Malaga, Spain, 2019
“Lessons in insular evolution from Mayor (Tuhūa) Island” Wellington Botanical Society, New Zealand, 2018
“The role of bird pollinators in the floral diversity of islands” International Society of Zoological Sciences, Xining, China *invited speaker, 2017
“The myth of island dioecism” New Zealand Ecological Society Conference, Christchurch, New Zealand, 2015
2019 Research Excellence Award (PGSA)
2019 Graduate Research Excellence Grant (SSE, United States of America)
2019 Faculty Strategic Research Grant (School of Biological Sciences)
2018 Travel Award (International Biogeography Society)
2018 Conference Grant (Centre for Biodiversity & Restoration Ecology)
2017 Best Post-Graduate Teacher Award – Faculty of Sciences
2017 Student Research Grant (Wellington Botanical Society)
2017 Doctoral Scholarship (Victoria University of Wellington)