Dr Nicholas Porch

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Senior Lecturer

Faculty

Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env

Department

School of Life & Env. Sciences

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Qualifications

Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, Deakin University, 2013
Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University, 2007

Contact

Biography

Educated initially in archaeology and geology I have come to focus on the Holocene palaeoecology of invertebrates and human impacts on Indo-Pacific ecosystems. I am especially interested in how we can use the palaeo-archive of island histories to reconstruct prehuman island diversity and the changes that took place when humans colonised islands across the planet's oceans.

Additionally, I have a interest in Australian invertebrate ecology and biogeography, especially in relation to Australia's largely endemic beetle fauna. 

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Research interests

At present I am studying the recent fossil record (the last several thousand years) to characterise the nature and extent of human impacts on the ecosystems of Indo-Pacific islands.

My research focusses and the role of human colonistation in driving species extinctions and invasions and changes in the nature of the ecosystems more generally. I'm interested in how the fossil record can contribute to island ecology, biogeography and evolution by providing novel insights that are only available through the prism of the fossil record.

Affiliations

Centre for Integrated Ecology (Member)

Associate in Science (Bishop Museum, Honolulu)

Teaching interests

Landscape Evolution and Physical Geography; Invertebrate Ecology and Diversity

Knowledge areas

Quaternary Palaeoecology; Island Biogeography; Indo-Pacific and Australia Beetles (Coleoptera); Biological Invasions; Invertebrate Extinctions

Projects

Australian Research Council DECRA (DE130101453 - 2013-2016): Developing predictions of extinction risk for tropical arthropods in the face of global environmental change.

Australian Academy of Science (German-Australian Mobility Call for Collaboration in Science and Technology (2013-2014): Predicting global change impacts on Australian aquatic biodiversity.

US National Science Foundation (as funded collaborator) (2014-2016): CNH: Socio-Ecosystem Dynamics of Natural-Human Networks on Model Islands.

Publications

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2017

New Pycnomerus Erichson (Coleoptera: Zopheridae: Pycnomerini) from Rimatara, French Polynesia

N Porch, T Smith

(2017), Vol. 4237, pp. 154-166, Zootaxa, Auckland, New Zealand, C1

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Algal subsidies enhance invertebrate prey for threatened shorebirds: a novel conservation tool on ocean beaches?

T Schlacher, B Hutton, B Gilby, N Porch, G Maguire, B Maslo, R Connolly, A Olds, M Weston

(2017), Vol. 191, pp. 28-38, Estuarine, coastal and shelf science, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal
2016

Pliocene reversal of late Neogene aridification.

J Sniderman, J Woodhead, J Hellstrom, G Jordan, R Drysdale, J Tyler, N Porch

(2016), Vol. 113, pp. 1999-2004, Proceedings of the national academy of sciences of USA, Washington D.C., Wash., C1

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Evolutionary history of a secondary terrestrial Australian diving beetle (Coleoptera, Dytiscidae) reveals a lineage of high morphological and ecological plasticity

E Toussaint, L Hendrich, H Escalona, N Porch, M Balke

(2016), Vol. 41, pp. 650-657, Systematic entomology, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal

Abrupt late Pleistocene ecological and climate change on Tahiti (French Polynesia)

M Prebble, R Whitau, J Meyer, L Sibley-Punnett, S Fallon, N Porch

(2016), Vol. 43, pp. 2438-2453, Journal of biogeography, Chichester, Eng., C1

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The early shorebird will catch fewer invertebrates on trampled sandy beaches

T Schlacher, L Carracher, N Porch, R Connolly, A Olds, B Gilby, K Ekanayake, B Maslo, M Weston

(2016), Vol. 11, pp. 1-13, PLoS One, San Francisco, Calif., C1

journal
2015

Unveiling the diversification dynamics of Australasian predaceous diving beetles in the Cenozoic

E Toussaint, F Condamine, O Hawlitschek, C Watts, N Porch, L Hendrich, M Balke

(2015), Vol. 64, pp. 3-24, Systematic biology, London, Eng., C1

journal

Mid- to late Holocene landscape change and anthropogenic transformations on Mo'orea, Society Islands: a multi-proxy approach

J Kahn, C Nickelsen, J Stevenson, N Porch, E Dotte-Sarout, C Christensen, L May, J Athens, P Kirch

(2015), Vol. 25, pp. 333-347, The holocene: a major interdisciplinary journal focusing on recent environmental change, Thousand Oaks, Calif., C1

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Plantations, not farmlands, cause biotic homogenisation of ground-active beetles in South-Eastern Australia

N Sweaney, D Driscoll, D Lindenmayer, N Porch

(2015), Vol. 186, pp. 1-11, Biological conservation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Stratigraphy and chronology of karst features on rodrigues island, southwestern Indian ocean

D Burney, J Hume, G Middleton, L Steel, L Burney, N Porch

(2015), Vol. 77, pp. 37-51, Journal of cave and karst studies, Huntsville, Ala., C1

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Reassembling a lost lowland carabid beetle assemblage (Coleoptera) from Kauai, Hawaiian Islands

J Liebherr, N Porch

(2015), Vol. 29, pp. 191-213, Invertebrate systematics, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal

A review of the dodo and its ecosystem : insights from a vertebrate concentration lagerstätte in Mauritius

K Rijsdijk, J Hume, P De Louw, H Meijer, A Janoo, E De Boer, L Steel, J De Vos, L Van Der Sluis, H Hooghiemstra, F Florens, C Baider, T Vernimmen, P Baas, A Van Heteren, V Rupear, G Beebeejaun, A Grihault, J Van Der Plicht, M Besselink, J Lubeek, M Jansen, S Kluiving, H Hollund, B Shapiro, M Collins, M Buckley, R Jayasena, N Porch, R Floore, F Bunnik, A Biedlingmaier, J Leavitt, G Monfette, A Kimelblatt, A Randall, P Floore, L Claessens

(2015), Vol. 35, pp. 3-20, Journal of vertebrate paleontology, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal
2013

Late pleistocene of Australia

N Porch

(2013), pp. 191-199, Encyclopedia of quaternary science, Edinburgh, Scotland, B1

chapter

Subfossils of extinct and extant species of Simuliidae (Diptera) from Austral and Cook Islands (Polynesia): anthropogenic extirpation of an aquatic insect?

D Craig, N Porch

(2013), Vol. 3641, pp. 448-462, Zootaxa, Auckland, N. Z., C1

journal
2011

Decline of a biome : evolution, contraction, fragmentation, extinction and invasion of the Australian mesic zone biota

M Byrne, D Steane, L Joseph, D Yeates, G Jordan, D Crayn, K Aplin, D Cantrill, L Cook, M Crisp, J Keogh, J Melville, C Moritz, N Porch, J Sniderman, P Sunnucks, P Weston

(2011), Vol. 38, pp. 1635-1656, Journal of biogeography, Oxford, U. K., C1

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Ecological niche modelling and DNA sequencing support a new, morphologically cryptic beetle species unveiled by DNA barcoding

O Hawlitschek, N Porch, L Hendrich, M Balke

(2011), Vol. 6, pp. 1-14, PLoS ONE, San Francisco, Ca., C1

journal

Mid-Holocene (4200 kyr BP) mass mortalities in Mauritius (Mascarenes): insular vertebrates resilient to climatic extremes but vulnerable to human impact

K Rijsdijk, J Zinke, P de Louw, J Hume, H van der Plicht, H Hooghiemstra, H Meijer, H Vonhof, N Porch, F Florens, C Baider, B van Geel, J Brinkkemper, T Vernimmen, A Janoo

(2011), Vol. 21, pp. 1-16, Holocene, London, U. K., C1

journal
2010

Climate space, bioclimatic envelopes and coexistence methods for the reconstruction of past climates : a method using Australian beetles and significance for Quaternary reconstruction

N Porch

(2010), Vol. 29, pp. 633-647, Quaternary science reviews, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal

Comparative AMS 14C dating of plant macrofossils, beetles and pollen preparations from two late pleistocene sites in southeastern Australia

N Porch, A Kershaw

(2010), pp. 395-404, Altered ecologies : fire, climate and human influence on terrestrial landscapes, Canberra, A.C.T., B1-1

chapter
2009

The first record of an Amycterine weevil (Coleoptera : Curculionidae: Amycterinae) feeding on Orchidaceae

N Porch

(2009), Vol. 36, pp. 29-32, Australian entomologist, Brisbane, Qld., C1-1

journal

Last interglacial climates of south-eastern Australia : plant and beetle-based reconstructions from Yarra Creek, King Island, Tasmania

N Porch, G Jordan, D Price, R Barnes, M Macphail, M Pemberton

(2009), Vol. 28, pp. 3197-3210, Quaternary science reviews, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal

Mid-Holocene vertebrate bone Concentration-Lagerstätte on oceanic island Mauritius provides a window into the ecosystem of the dodo (Raphus cucullatus)

K Rijsdijk, J Hume, F Bunnik, F Florens, C Baider, B Shapiro, J van der Plicht, A Janoo, O Griffiths, L van den Hoek Ostende, H Cremer, T Vernimmen, P De Louw, A Bholah, S Saumtally, N Porch, J Haile, M Buckley, M Collins, E Gittenberger

(2009), Vol. 28, pp. 14-24, Quaternary science reviews, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

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Quantitative reconstruction of early pleistocene climate in southeastern Australia and implications for atmospheric circulation

J Sniderman, N Porch, A Kershaw

(2009), Vol. 28, pp. 3185-3196, Quaternary science reviews, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal
2008

Birth of a biome : insights into the assembly and maintenance of the Australian arid zone biota

M Byrne, D Yeates, L Joseph, M Kearney, J Bowler, M Williams, S Cooper, S Donnellan, J Keogh, R Leys, J Melville, D Murphy, N Porch, K Wyrwoll

(2008), Vol. 17, pp. 4398-4417, Molecular ecology, Oxford, England, C1-1

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First record of Stenus Latreille (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Steninae) from Tasmania, Australia

N Porch

(2008), Vol. 62, pp. 62-62, Coleopterists bulletin, Washington, D.C., C1-1

journal

Terrestrial invertebrates in landscape archaeology

N Porch

(2008), pp. 457-467, Handbook of landscape archaeology, Walnut Creek, Calif., B1-1

chapter
2007

A high-resolution record of vegetation and climate through the last glacial cycle from Caledonia Fen, southeastern highlands of Australia

A Kershaw, G McKenzie, N Porch, R Roberts, J Brown, J Heijnis, M Orr, G Jacobsen, P Newall

(2007), Vol. 22, pp. 481-500, Journal of quaternary science, Oxford, England, C1-1

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The OZPACS database : a resource for understanding recent impacts on Australian ecosystems

K Fitzsimmons, P Gell, S Bickford, T Barrows, S Mooney, T Denham, S Gale, S Garcia, S Haberle, G Hancock, J Harrison, T Lewis, N Porch

(2007), Vol. 24, pp. 2-6, Quaternary Australasia, Sydney, N. S. W., C1-1

journal
2003

Origins of agriculture at Kuk Swamp in the highlands of New Guinea

T Denham, S Haberle, C Lentfer, R Fullagar, J Field, M Therin, N Porch, B Winsborough

(2003), Vol. 301, pp. 189-193, Science, Washington, D.C., C1-1

journal
2002

FxJj43: A window into a 1.5-million-year-old palaeolandscape in the Okote Member of the Koobi Fora Formation, northern Kenya

N Stern, N Porch, I McDougall

(2002), Vol. 17, pp. 349-392, Geoarchaeology, New York, N. Y., C1-1

journal
2000

Quaternary beetles : a review and issues for Australian studies

N Porch, S Elias

(2000), Vol. 39, pp. 1-9, Australian journal of entomology, Carlton, Vic., C1-1

journal
1995

Tasmania : archaeological and palaeo-ecological perspectives

N Porch, J Allen

(1995), Vol. 69, pp. 714-732, Antiquity, Gloucester, England, C1-1

journal

Cyclical patterns in the pleistocene human occupation of Southwest Tasmania

S Holdaway, N Porch

(1995), Vol. 30, pp. 74-82, Archaeology in oceania, Sydney, N. S. W., C1-1

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Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Developing predictions of extinction risk for tropical arthropods in the face of global environmental change

Dr Nicholas Porch

ARC DECRA - Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

  • 2015: $130,955
  • 2014: $137,005
  • 2013: $130,566

Industry and Other Funding

Predicting Global Change impacts on Australian Aquatic Biodiversity

Dr Nicholas Porch

  • 2014: $11,000

Supervisions

Associate Supervisor
2014

Yang Zhang

Thesis entitled: Permian¿¿¿Triassic brachiopod fauna and the end-Permian mass extinction

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences