Australian Institute of Alpine Studies

Dr John Morgan



Department of Botany & Research Centre for Applied Alpine Ecology, La Trobe University



contact details

Dept of Botany, La Trobe University, Plenty Road, Bundoora VIC 3083, Australia, Tel: (03) 9479 2498, Fax: (03) 9479 1188

research interests


Rumpff, L., Cutler, S.C., Thomas, I. & Morgan, J.W. (2009). An assessment of the relationship between tree-ring counts and basal girth of high altitude populations of Eucalyptus pauciflora (Myrtaceae). Australian Journal of Botany 57, 583-591.

Morgan, J.W. & Carnegie, V. (2009) Backcountry huts as introduction points for invasion by non-native species into subalpine vegetation. Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research 41, 238-245.

Venn, S.E., Morgan, J.W. & Green, P.T. (2009) Do facilitative interactions with neighbouring plants assist the growth of seedlings at high altitudes in alpine Australia? Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research 41, 381-387.

Venn, S.E. & Morgan, J.W. (2009) Patterns in alpine seedling emergence and establishment across a stress gradient of mountain summits in south-eastern Australia. Plant Ecology & Diversity 2: 5 — 16

Shannon, J.M. & Morgan, J.W. (2007). Floristic variation in Sphagnum-dominated peatland communities of the Central Highlands, Victoria. Cunninghamia 10, 59-76.

Venn, S.E. & Morgan, J.W. (2007). Phytomass and phenology of three alpine snowpatch species across a natural snowmelt gradient. Australian Journal of Botany 55, 450-456.

Wearne, L.J. & Morgan, J.W. (2006). Shrub invasion into subalpine vegetation: implications for the restoration of the native ecosystem. Plant Ecology 183, 361-376.

McDougall, K.L., Morgan, J.W., Walsh, N.G. & Williams, R.J. (2005). Plant invasions in treeless vegetation of the Australian Alps. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 7, 159-171.

Morgan, J.W. (2004). Drought-related dieback in four subalpine shrub species, Bogong High Plains, Victoria. Cunninghamia 8, 326-330.

Wearne, L.J. & Morgan, J.W. (2004). Community-level changes in Australian subalpine vegetation following invasion by the non-native shrub Cytisus scoparius. Journal of Vegetation Science 15, 595-604.

Morgan, J., Venn, S., Wearne, L., Bartley, M. & McMillan, S. (2003) Small-scale patterns of occurrence of Snow Pratia Pratia gelida at Hospice Plain, Mount Buffalo National Park. The Victorian Naturalist 120, 230-235.

Wearne, L.J. & Morgan, J.W. (2001). Floristic composition and variability of subalpine grasslands in the Mt Hotham region, north-eastern Victoria. Australian Journal of Botany 49, 721-734.

Wearne, L.J. & Morgan, J.W. (2001). Recent forest encroachment in subalpine grasslands in the Mt Hotham region, Australia. Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research 33, 369-377.

Whinam, J., Chilcott, N. & Morgan, J.W. (2003) Floristic composition and environmental relationships of Sphagnum-dominated communities in Victoria. Cunninghamia 8, 162-174.

current research or projects

My research focuses on plant community assembly processes in alpine areas as a way of examining their sensitivity to climate change, invasion by non-native species, and disturbance. I also use mountains as natural experiments to ask questions about plant-plant interactions, niche conservatism and boundary dynamics.

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