Dr Andrew D Barnes

Senior Lecturer (Biological Sciences)

About Andrew

Qualifications: BSc, MSc University of Canterbury, PhD University of Goettingen

Research Interests

Terrestrial community ecology, with a particular focus on trophic interactions in both below- and aboveground invertebrate communities. My research centres on three major topics:

  • Global change ecology – impacts of drivers such as land use and climate change on community structure and ecosystem functioning.
  • Food web ecology – using energy flux in food webs to understand ecological impacts of environmental change.
  • Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning – investigating the relationship between biodiversity and ecological processes in multi-trophic systems.

See my Google Scholar page for a full list of publications.

Current Vacancies

There are currently no positions available.

Research Supervised


Binks, Nigel (in progress). Vertebrate predator effects on belowground invertebrate metacommunities from forest fragments to pasture.

Hasan, Fevziye (in progress). Investigating species traits, interactions, and ecosystem services of novel dung beetle communities in New Zealand grasslands

Teaching Commitments


Biology; Ecology; Environmental Change

Species Interactions

Recent Publications

  • Sohlström, E. H., Marian, L., Barnes, A. D., Haneda, N. F., Scheu, S., Rall, B. C., . . . Jochum, M. (2018). Applying generalized allometric regressions to predict live body mass of tropical and temperate arthropods. Ecology and Evolution, 8(24), 12737-12749. doi:10.1002/ece3.4702

  • Barnes, A. D., Jochum, M., Lefcheck, J. S., Eisenhauer, N., Scherber, C., O’Connor, M. I., . . . Brose, U. (2018). Energy flux: The link between multitrophic biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. Trends in Ecology & Evolution. doi:10.1016/j.tree.2017.12.007

  • Giling, D. P., Beaumelle, L., Phillips, H. R. P., Cesarz, S., Eisenhauer, N., Ferlian, O., . . . Barnes, A. D. (2018). A niche for ecosystem multifunctionality in global change research. Global Change Biology. doi:10.1111/gcb.14528

  • Gauzens, B., Barnes, A., Giling, D. R., Hines, J., Jochum, M., Lefcheck, J. S., . . . Brose, U. (2018). fluxweb: An R package to easily estimate energy fluxes in food webs. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. doi:10.1111/2041-210X.13109

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Contact Details

Room: FG.16b
Phone: +64 7 838 4460