Prof. Dave Kelly - People - Biological Sciences - University of Canterbury

Prof. Dave Kelly




B.Sc. (Hons) First Class, Massey University NZ
PhD, Cambridge University, UK


Biology 339

Contact Details

Phone: International +64 +3 Local 369 5182 ext: 95182
Fax: +64 3 364 2590

Postal address: School of Biological Sciences, University of Canterbury, Private Bag 4800, Christchurch 8140, New Zealand

PLEASE NOTE: Confusingly, there have been two other David Kellys working on things ecological in Christchurch; please make sure you contact the right one. I have no middle initial, always use "Dave" rather than David, have worked at the University of Canterbury since 1985, and work on terrestrial systems, as outlined below.
David J. Kelly is a freshwater ecologist who worked for NIWA in Christchurch until about 2005, then worked for the Department of Conservation in Christchurch until March 2012, and is now at the Cawthron Institute in Nelson. His current email address is
David W. Kelly is a senior scientist working on surface water quality with Environment Canterbury. Until the 2011 earthquakes he was based in Christchurch, but he is currently working at the Timaru ECan office. His email address is

Research and Publications

Dave's UC Research Profile

  1. Mast seeding: the description of variable among-year flowering patterns (mast seeding) and inter-species synchrony in New Zealand, the evolutionary benefits of masting, modelling the resource dynamics within plants that create masting.
  2. Bird-plant mutualisms: the importance and resilience of bird pollination and bird seed dispersal systems in the New Zealand flora; the regeneration, distribution and conservation of native bird- pollinated and bird-dispersed mistletoes.
  3. Effects of herbivory: use of biological control agents for control of thistles; impact of sap-sucking scale insects on photosynthesis of Nothofagus trees.
  4. Mechanisms of plant competition: use of long term monitoring studies and modelling to measure the process of competition among plants.
  5. Conservation biology: demography of rare plants, effects of weeds in reserves, use of bioindicators for habitat quality, impacts of mammalian herbivores.

Research Details here

Mistletoe Reproductive Biology Research Group